The Jack Tale Players

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Ferrum College,  P.O. Box 1000,  Ferrum, VA 24088-9000

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The Jack Tale Players presented entertaining and educational plays from 1975 to 2012, with traditional music and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The show has delighted young and old with its fast-paced action, energetic actors, innovative staging, and foot-stomping music. R. Rex Stephenson, the writer/director for the company, combines the art of traditional storytelling with theatre to create unique story theatre. The Jack Tale Players' final reunion show was Oct. 27, 2012. Rex and several other performers continue to tell tales as the Jack Tale Storytellers.

2013 Public Performances:   


Saturday, Oct. 26. 1 p.m. Jack Tales by Rex at Taubman Museum for Roanoke Valley Reads Program, Roanoke
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 6-8 p.m. Jack Tales by Rex, Westlake Branch Library, 84 Westlake Rd. Suite 109, Westlake, VA
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 6:30-8 p.m. Jack Tales by Rex Stephenson at Franklin County Main Library, Rocky Mount, VA
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 2 p.m. Rex Stephenson as Mark Twain, Ferrum College Centennial, Sale Theatre
  Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 11 a.m. Jack Tales by Rex Stephenson at Mountain Spirits Festival, Rocky Mount, VA

2012 Public Performances:   

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 1 and 3 p.m. Reunion Show at Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum College
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m. in Sale Theatre, Ferrum College
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 3 p.m. at Westlake Branch Library, 84 Westlake Rd. Suite 109, Westlake, VA
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 10 a.m. at Franklin County Main Library, Rocky Mount, VA
Monday, July 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Hollins University VAC Auditorium, Roanoke, VA

July 5-7, 2012, All-American, All-Star USO Show at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, Ferrum College

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 6 p.m. at Grayson County Public Library, Independence, VA
Sunday, May 27, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at Rooster Walk 4 Music & Arts Festival, Martinsville, VA


History of the Jack Tales
Nellie McCaslin's Historical Guide
Study Guides for Jack Tales
R. Rex Stephenson Web Page

Performance Photos
Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre
Other Touring Shows
Ferrum College

Mutsmag - picture book adaptation illustrated by school children
AppLit:  Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature

Rex's 1987 "why I do it" article on USO tours, "Not All Road Shows Tour Europe"

"Capturing Characters on Stage for the College and Community: An Interview with Playwright Rex Stephenson"
by Tina L. Hanlon (in Virginia Libraries web site, 2008 nos. 3-4)

Appalachian Storytelling Event. Virginia Tech, 24 June 2013

The Jack Tale Players perform mountain music
photo by Lana Whited, 7/6/2001

The All-American, All-Star USO Show at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in July 2012 celebrated the Jack Tale Players' 8 tours to VA hospitals in the 1970s and 1980s.

R. Rex Stephenson Receives 2007 SETC Child Drama Award

copyright 1998-2014 R. Rex Stephenson
The drawing by Berkeley Williams, Jr. is the
property of the Jack Tale Players of Ferrum College.
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