Smoot to trial

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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, pa­hardee@gmail.com.

BY RAY BOC

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.”

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