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A Prodigal Story

An Original Prodigal Tale Comes to the Stage at LampLight

“Across: A Prodigal Story” written by a Local High School Senior

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 20, 2017 – In an original production written by a high school senior from Volunteer High School, LampLight Theatre proudly brings Across: A Prodigal Story to the stage at the end of this month. Having risen from the ashes of a divided nation, two leaders, aptly named Phoenixes, have each led their people for many years to follow either their own heart or the heart of “The Anointed One”. One leader governs a people that think only of themselves and their possessions. Another leader governs a people that follow “The Anointed One” by putting others before themselves. A selfless and a selfish generation continue to grow together, never seeing eye to eye.

Across: A Prodigal Story follows two families who are members of these opposing factions, and their young pre-teen children are coming of age. On the cusp of a child’s twelfth birthday, they are given the opportunity to dabble on the “other side” and see if they enjoy what the other faction has to offer. It is then that they must choose where to spend the rest of their lives. David, from the tribe of Ofa, who follow “The Anointed One”, sets off to get what he has always wanted: more than he has. Ely, from the tribe of Pae, who follow their ever-shifting desires, finds it hard being in a materialistic family where nothing they have is ever good enough. These two children pursue life’s meaning as all of us do, really. What in this life will give us the meaning we desire? Are our desires worth finding? Will these two find what they are longing for? Can they return home after they leave their own kind? Come and seek for the truth along with the cast of Across: A Prodigal Story. Your heart will be touched in the journey for each child’s place in the world. Perhaps you will find yours as well…

Across: A Prodigal Story is produced by a LampLight Children’s Theatre program called G.L.O.W. that works with kindergarteners through eighth graders on Saturday mornings to develop their skills and interests in theatre arts and ministry. G.L.O.W. strives to develop the interests of these young students as well as offer older students a chance to direct, write, and choreograph these original productions.

Performances will be given April 28-30 and May 5-7 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Suggested Donation for these performances is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and Free for children age 5 and under. Doors open one hour prior to the performance. Make your visit with us over the top! Treat your children to a Hot Dog Lunch at 12:30 pm before the 2:00 pm show on April 29th or a mouth-watering Ice Cream Sundae after the 2:00 pm show on May 6th. Find pricing and information and make reservations on our website at or call our Box Office 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday at 423-343-1766.

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