Jacksonville’s Town Brook gets its own play

By Ryne Turke on May 16 at 1:17pm

Ken Bradbury’s Lincoln Land Traveling Theatre is bringing stories about Jacksonville’s Town Brook to life over the weekend with two special performances.

Bradbury, director of the play “Town Brook”, say’s the idea for the performance began about a year ago.

“The folks who are trying the Town Brook said would you do something to publicize the history place,” says Bradbury.

“We spent about the past six months interviewing about 50 people who lived around the Town Brook and these are their stories.”

“Town Brook” provides a glimpse back into the past says Bradbury, detailing first hand experiences of Jacksonville residents.

“It’s a collection of stories and some which we have set to music,” says Bradbury.

“It’s a story about growing up the Town Brook in Jacksonville. Some of it goes back about 120 years from newspaper clippings with the floods, crawdads, turtles and snakes. The Town Brook was the center of activity for a long time, so it is all true stories.”

Characters like “The Turtle Man” and “Tomato King” are just a few of the crazy cast members featured in the shows, which are free and open to the public.

All proceeds from donations at the events will be used to develop recreational space along the city’s waterways, support a new Jacksonville Children’s Garden and many other efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids and the community.

“Brook Tales” will be performing at Grace Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at Centenary Methodist at 2 p.m. on Sunday.