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Wednesday, June 29,2011

The ’Sunny Side’ of the stage

LCC pays tribute to country music’s most celebrated family

by Christina Strong

There’s the Carter family that occupied the White House in
the late 1970s, and there’s the Carter Family that was inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.


No prizes for guessing which one the Lansing Community College’s musical "Keep on the Sunny Side" is about.


Written by Douglas Pote, "Sunny Side" looks at the lives
of Alvin Pleasant Carter, his wife, Sara, and his sister-in-law,
Maybelle, who formed the core of the Carter Family.


“I have always been interested in the Carter family," says
Andy Callis, who is directing the show and is a musician himself. (He
performed in last summer’s LCC production of "Smoke on the Mountain.")
"Their music sounds so direct and heartfelt. I’ve always loved listening
to them.”


The cast features Joshua Rilko as Alvin, Lindsay Lou as
Sara, Jen Sygit as Maybelle and Becky Owen as Janette Carter. Songs
include "Wabash Cannonball," "Wildwood Flower" and "Bury Me Under the
Weeping Willow."


’Keep on the Sunny Side’
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3
Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College
Free
(517) 483-1488

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