First Day of Classes

    The Thread That Runs So True

    Jesse is still in his teens when he takes on the job of teacher in Lonesome Valley School. Many of his students are older than he, and certainly those in the clique led by the school bully are bigger and tougher. They are there to have a place to go while the work on the farm is slack.

    Among the students are a few who respond to Jesse's enthusiasm for education; yet even with these he meets opposition.Their parents resent his encouraging their sons to seek further education, since this might deprive them of farmhands. The school bully becomes the leader of the opposition, and the enmity between him and Jesse is keener because both are interested in Naomi, the girl who sings (for Jesse) the old ballad from which the title is taken: "The needle's eye that doth supply the thread that runs so true."

    Their problems interweave with others: the school board's fight about whether Jesse keeps his job or not, and the contest with the "city" school in a neighboring small town. It's a play full of wit, flavorful mountaineer characters, and true romance in all its youthful sweetness. (Comedy. From the book by Jesse Stuart. Adapted by Reginald Lawrence.)

    Location: E Theatre

    School Performances (Academy students only)

    Dec 1 9:00am
    Dec 1 1:00pm
    Tickets sold in S-Building office.

    Public Performances - Tickets Sold online or at the door

    Dec 1 7:30pm
    Dec 2 7:30pm
    Dec 3 7:30pm
    Tickets sold below.