Theater Reminisces over Musical Performances

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

FERNANDINA BEACH -- Amelia Community Theatre is throwing a reunion on Saturday and inviting some of its most memorable family members, including sailors, singers, preppies, pickpockets and nuns.

A Song Runs Through It will take a look back at the 19 musicals Amelia Community Theater has put on since its founding 24 years ago, from its debut musical Li'l Abner in 1982 to Nunsense II, presented last year.

The cabaret-style revue will include performances by many of the same people who originally performed the roles at ACT, some of whom are traveling back to Fernandina Beach just to participate.

Among the audience members will be ACT's first artistic director, Mary Hurt, who directed nine of the musicals.

Carol Wyatt, an ACT founding member who portrayed feisty Mammy Yokum opposite Nassau County Judge Robert E. Williams' Pappy Yokum in Li'l Abner, will be one of two narrators tracing ACT's musical history during Saturday's show.

Wyatt says A Song Runs Through It will be a fun trip down memory lane for the cast.

"It really is like family," she said. "It'll be nostalgic."

ACT is looking backwards as a way to move forward.

A Song Runs Through It is a benefit for ACT's building expansion fund.

The theater's goal is to raise $1.2 million to build a new auditorium, which will seat just under 200 people, artistic director Linda McClane said. …