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Carter Fold Performances of “Keep On The Sunny Side”

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Eugene Wolf portrays A.P. Carter in a performance of “Keep on the Sunny Side” Hiltons, VA -- During the last week in May and the first week in June, 2015, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, and Abingdon’s Barter Theatre will present six performances of the play Keep on the Sunny Side at the Carter Family Fold. Performance dates and times are: Thursday, May 28, 7:30 PM/ Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM/ Sunday, May 31, 7:00 PM/ Thursday, June 4, 7:30 PM/ Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, June 7, 7:00 PM. Tickets to Keep on the Sunny Side at the Fold are $20 and are available for advance purchase through the Barter Theatre box office at 276-628-3991 or on their website at Tickets will also be available at the door for each show. Before traveling long distances, it would be best to check with Barter’s box office regarding ticket availability.

Keep on the Sunny Side was first performed at the Barter Theatre in 2002. Written by a local physician, Dr. Douglas Pote, to pay homage to country music’s first family, the play beautifully portrays their life and struggles through the use of their music. In addition, Sunny Side tells the sad and beautiful story of the Carter Family Fold’s creation through the eyes of the Fold’s founder, Janette Carter. Sunny Side has been performed all over the U.S. both by Barter Theatre and by other theaters hundreds of times. It has become the most-requested play in Barter Theatre’s 75-year history.

The Carter Family—Sara, Maybelle and A.P. Carter—are widely known as the First Family of Country Music. “Keep on the Sunny Side” was written by a local doctor, Douglas Pote, to pay homage to this country music royalty in the best way, through their music, which is performed throughout the show.

Barter Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director Nicholas Piper is directing Keep on the Sunny Side. Having acted in the original play and having performed in many of Barter’s productions since that time, Nick says I love this play because it is about things that are important to us in Appalachia – music, family, home, and community. The production by Barter Theatre features actor Eugene Wolf as A.P. Carter, Katie Deal, Molly Andrews, Kimberly Braun, Darrell Johnston, and Gill Braswell in their cast. Barter is offering a special promotion for Keep on the Sunny Side at the Fold. The first 25 guests who arrive at each performance will receive a poster signed by actor Eugene Wolf.

Don’t miss Barter Theatre’s production of Keep on the Sunny Side at the most heart-felt and appropriate venue it could possibly be performed in – the Carter Family Fold. Sunny Side portrays the famous tale of the Carter Family and the love story of A.P. and Sara Carter. Hear the music and re-live the passion where the story first began – the home of the Carter Family in Hiltons, Virginia.

Keep on the Sunny Side is made possible by corporate sponsors Domtar and the Regional Adult education Program. Both Barter Theatre and the Carter Family Memorial Music Center are funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Ro

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