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"Quilters" Offers Slice of Pioneer America

T. Smith
Cathy Airhart Webb directs "The Quilters" this week at Lea's of LeCompte.

Raising and providing for a family is a struggle easily related to, whether  it is on the frontier in the 1880's or today. Quilters portrays that struggle this Thursday and Saturday at Lea's of LeCompte in Monroe. Directed by Cathy Airhart Webb, the play is a series of vignettes featuring different aspects of frontier life -- all sewn together through the art of quilting.

"The main theme is resilience in the face of adversity, and certainly these women had it, and they had through their quilting," says Webb.

The musical follows several women through many triumphs and struggles including a baptism, educating children, and a fire. The storyline has hit home with many of the actors.

"This show has been really fantastic. It's helped us to connect with our own histories. Some of the props are actually heirlooms that we've [actors] been able to bring from our own homes," says actor Shannon Trisler.

"Its great to do it in Lea's of Lecompte, because we walk in and its like we're in a kitchen," says Webb who describes the performance as "Dessert Theater." 

The performances begin at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat or table call 329-8081.

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