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Robyn Berg in the starring role of Mary Draper Ingles tries to reassure Sophia McCroskey as Thomas Ingles and Laken Thompson as George Ingles during the 2018 production of “Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story.”

Were you ever an actor or behind the scenes in either “The Long Way Home” or “Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story”? If so, The Long Way Home Inc. Board of Directors wants to reconnect with you!

This year, we are cordially inviting everyone who participated in past performances to an exclusive Meet and Greet/Reunion on Sunday, July 14. The reception will take place at Sal’s Italian Restaurant, 709 West Main St. in Radford, immediately following the 6:30 p.m. opening night performance.

This will be a great chance to get reacquainted with old friends and meet this year’s production staff, cast and crew. Light refreshments will be served for this celebration of camaraderie and homecoming.

Additionally, there will be a special reduced ticket price for all former cast and crew. Regular prices are $20 for reserved seating or $15 for general admission with your own chair. Children under 12 are free unless they require reserved seating, which is $5. For this special reunion night, cast and crew alumni will receive a 20 percent discount, making prices $16, $12 and $4, respectively.

“The Long Way Home” had an extended run in Radford from 1971 until 1999, and “Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story” is now in its third season. During all those years, thousands of different men, women and children participated. In fact, everywhere you go around Radford and the NRV, you will run into people who spent one or more seasons in the production.

Radford resident Kathleen Harshberger played Mary Draper Ingles in eight different seasons. She is also one of the co-writers of the current version of the show, along with Wesley Young. Harshberger said recently, “Being part of ‘The Long Way Home’ combined my love of theater and my ongoing interest in history. As an actress, I was honored to play Mary. It is a strong female role that portrays a genuine historical heroine.”

The Long Way Home board is hoping that many former participants will help make July 14 a night to remember for all who share a special bond through Mary Draper Ingles’ enduring story.

To obtain the reduced ticket price and to sign up for the post-play Meet and Greet/Reunion, please RSVP at walktofreedommdi@gmail.com.

Submitted by Steve Frey

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