Local Author's Book To Be Turned Into Play


A children's book with roots in the north country will come to life on the stage.

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to a local writer so he can turn a new children's book into a play.

The book is called "Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812."

Written by Hope Irvin Marston, the story follows an 11 year old Sackets Harbor boy during the War of 1812.

"I'm excited. I never thought this would happen," said Marston.

The play is being produced by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society

"We thought it was a perfect opportunity to bring that history to life using as many members of the community as we could," said Terrie Nelson of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society.

The play will be written by Craig Thornton of Watertown.

Thornton is a playwright whose recent work includes "In My Shoes," a docudrama about the effects of military deployment on Fort Drum area teenagers.

He's also arts and entertainment editor at 7 News and is the creator of Craig's To-Do List on wwnytv.com.

His play will be completed by spring.

"There's a prologue in the classroom. The kids are sort of bored and they don't want to read history and then it sort of comes alive on another part of the stage so they can actually participate in it," said Thornton.

SLC Arts is awarding at total of $12,500 as part of its Public Art Fellowship and Teaching Artists' Fund grants.

Public Art Fellowships fund artist-initiated new original work which engages the community through the artists' creative process.

The grant opportunities are funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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