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‘Crickets on a Hill’ to kick off Revolutionary Week

“Crickets on a Hill,” the kickoff event for Revolutionary Week in Mathews, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, at Mathews High School.

Written by Mathews County’s Judy Ward, the show was part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration in Mathews in 1976. Ward, who passed away in 2010, didn’t read music, but she enlisted singing partner David Shuber to put the notes on paper. Now, for the first time, Shuber has fully orchestrated and arranged the entire show. It includes such songs as “Where are all the Heroes,” “The Fat Song,” “Rusted Guns and Roses” and “Brand New Flag.”

Crickets on a Hill tells the story of a young man, Ethan, played by Sheldon Roberts, who is torn between sailing to England to pursue his education or remaining in the increasingly tumultuous colonies, where talk of a coming fight for freedom is running rampant. Amy, portrayed by Bethany Heap...

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