Photo Gallery: Local production of 'The Tom Dooley Project' opens at old Iredell County Courthouse

Posted at 2:58 PM on May 1, 2019


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The cast of The Tom Dooley Project," which runs May 2-5 in the old Iredell County Courthouse.


If you’re from around here, chances are you’ve heard the story of Tom Dooley.

On Tuesday evening, the cast of "The Tom Dooley Project," opened this year's run of the local production with a dress reheasal that was open to the public. Proceeds from the special preview event benefit the American Suicide Foundation.

The show, which runs May 2-5, is based on a true story and includes scenes from the play “Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend." 

The dramatic story begins in Wilkes County when Dooley’s plan to elope with Laura Foster ends in a heartbreaking trial for her murder after Dooley's complicating involvement with Ann Melton.

The emotion is easy to see and feel from the wooden chairs in the old Iredell County Courthouse as Tom Dooley, played by Matt Aschbrenner, fights for his life while being defended by Zebulon Vance. Providing a beautiful yet haunting soundtrack to the tragic story are Third Creek Bluegrass and Wicker and Jones, whose collection of songs includes bluegrass, traditional Appalachian Folk, Piedmont Blues, and Gospel.

David Hamm, who plays the role of Jack Adkins, has been involved in the production for three years.

“I enjoy being creative and making the character of Jack Adkins my own,” he says. “I really enjoy being a part of a play that involves so much local history of Statesville."

Evening performances are scheduled for May 2-4 at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee to follow on May 5.


Tickets are available at the door or at Tickets are also available for “The Tom Dooley BBQ,” a dinner served on the lawn of the Historic Sharpe House from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 2-4. 

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