Vicksburg theater offering performance depicting typical southern characters

Published 9:06 pm Friday, February 3, 2017

Times were different in the South during the 19th century. Women’s roles in the home were dutiful and gentlemen were bound by a code of conduct.

This weekend the Strand Theatre will host narrative performances by Steve and Tracey Glomstad, owners of Period Time Promotional Filming, depicting typical southern characters who lived during this era.

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The oral interpretations will come to life through two characters, Mrs. James T. Hamilton and Varina Banks Howell Davis, Tracey Glomstad said, and on Friday she will take on the role of Mrs. Hamilton.

Hamilton is a fictional character whose narrative will focus on Vicksburg.

The narrative is entitled, “Mrs. James T. Hamilton — In the Mind of a Southerner Warren County, As We Were.”

The narrative begins in 1828 and will continue through 1861 with events taking place at Hamilton’s family plantation, Halcyon, Glomstad said, which is a fictional home set in Vicksburg.

The monologue will include tales of presentation into society, the marriage to Mr. Hamilton, the birth of twin children, Hamilton’s pride as a southerner, and her love of Mississippi.

The character will also reveal intimate details of city life in Vicksburg during that time period and will reference Mrs. William T. Balfour and Mrs. Roach on Depot Street, Glomstad said.

Glomstad researches and writes her own narratives, she said, and for the character of Mrs. Hamilton she used Gordon A. Cotton’s “From the Letters of Emma Balfour 1847-1857,” Wilbur Cash’s “Mind of the South” and Christopher Morris’ “Becoming Southern, Warren County and Vicksburg Mississippi 1770-1860” as her historical references.

Glomstad’s husband will portray Mr. Hamilton, she said, and will join her on stage towards the conclusion of the performance.

On Saturday, Glomstad will take on the character of Varina Banks Howell Davis in the “I, Varina” narratives.

The performance is entitled “Brierfield.”

“Brierfield is the home of Varina and Jefferson Davis,” Glomstad said.

“It was located about eight miles from Vicksburg down on Davis Bend, which is now Davis Island,” she said.

The “I, Varina” narrative is often humorous, Glomstad said, because of the character’s personality, with the monologue including Varina and Jefferson Davis’ courtship and life on their beloved plantation.

At the conclusion of the narrative, Jefferson Davis will join his wife on stage and the two will exit to a touching rendition of “Dixie,” Glomstad said.

References Glomstad used for the “I, Varina” narratives were “Varina Howell Davis, Wife of Jefferson Davis,” Volume 1 & 2, by Eron Rowland, “Crown of Thorns and Glory” by Gerry Van Der Heuvel and “A Diary from Dixie” by Mary Boykin Chestnut.

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, Glomstad said she has always loved history, and she and her husband have been offering 19th century period performances for about fouryears.

“Our long term plan is to do a historical documentary on the Mississippi River,”

Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 717 Clay St. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $12 at the door.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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