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The West Volusia Historical Society will present "The Volusia Lowdown!" beginning Thursday, April 25, at the Athens Theatre.
The play was produced and directed by William "Billy" de Silva, who produced and directed last year's sold out production of "DeLand ... The Athens of Florida," and who has adapted this new play from a book of the same title and from other historical sources.
The play will be told in "semi-documentary" style and will feature 12 characters from DeLand's past, this time taking place during the 1920s and '30s.
The theme of the play is about the power and political upheaval that took place in DeLand and Volusia County over those two decades.
It does, however, cover only a few of the high spots adapted from the book that was written back in the mid-'30s. The characters in the play show those powerful men and their will to rule, working their will in ways both political, criminal, and sometimes violent -- they played politics like a chessboard.
The show also will feature Mary McLeod Bethune, played by Volusia County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack, who met Ms. McLeod Bethune when she was a girl.
Other actors are Sally Landis Bohon as the Narrator, Pete Rougeux as Attorney Cary Landis, Bob Sollien as Judge Bert Fish, Jim West as Francis P. Whitehair, Will Pierce as John O'Neill, Christian Read as Don O'Neill, Bill Crippen as Roy L. Cook, Gail Fleming as Lutie-Mae McCanles, Eric Hall as Gov. Dave Sholtz, Sonny Goff as Judge John Peacock and Tom Roberts as Sheriff Ed Stone.
"The Volusia Lowdown" will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 25, 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets to the show cost $20 for VIP seats (Rows A-E Center Orchestra); $18 for adults; $16 for senior citizens; and $10 for students. The play is not recommended for children.
The Athens Theatre is at 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand. Parking is free. All Tickets are available online at AthensDeland.com or by calling the Box Office at (386) 736-1500. Box-office hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and one hour before live performances.