Smoot to trial
An expected three-day criminal trial for local resident Randy Lynn Smoot, who is charged with first-degree murder, will get underway next Wednesday, August 15, at the Rappahannock County Courthouse.
Smoot, 47, of Flint Hill, was charged last Oct. 22 in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther of Harris Hollow. Smoot allegedly assaulted Alther with a heavy object, believed to be an industrial flashlight, on Oct. 19.
After a preliminary hearing in Rappahannock County District Court on December 28, Judge Melissa Cupp certified the firstdegree murder charge to a grand jury. Smoot has been out on bond awaiting trial.
Yes, Virginia, preparations for the Christmas season begin in August in Rappahannock County.
An annual highlight of the holiday season and also of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community Theatre year is the Christmas play. Open auditions for “Charlotte’s Web”, the 2018 RAAC Community Theatre Christmas play, will take place on Friday, Aug. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Callbacks will be Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. All auditions will be at the RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St. in Little Washington.
The performance dates for this year’s play will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 7, 8, 9.
“Charlotte’s Web” offers acting opportunities of all kinds. There are parts for humans of different ages and for numerous barnyard animals (and a very important arachnid). The parts vary from major speaking roles to roles with very few or no lines. Children trying out should be at least seven years old and be accompanied by a parent at the audition.
The Christmas play is also an excellent “starter experience” for anyone interested in the many support activities: stage manager and assistants, sound technician, lights, set design and construction, makeup and hair, costumes, props, publicity. Prior experience is not required. If you’d like to know more about Theatre support activities, contact Patty Hardee, RAAC Theatre Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RAAC Theatre Christmas production is always a tremendously enjoyable community effort, with actors of all ages, tastes, and talents as shown in this photo from the 2017 play, “St. George and the Dragon.”