’Our Country ’Tis of Thee’ coming July 4

Come celebrate our country’s birthday in style with a revival of “Our Country ’Tis of Thee” at 10 a.m. on July 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Seating will be available for 500. Come early, at 9:45 a.m., for a community sing-along with the Community Band!

Fifty-four children, ages five to 11, will entertain with the story of our country’s history from the Revolutionary War up to current times, done in song and dance.

“The kids have worked so hard on this. They’ve been rehearsing for the last three months. They deserve a great audience,” said Arlene Decker, producer.

The production was a local tradition for some 27 years, when it was put on hiatus a decade ago. Decker said she hopes in the near future to be able to expand to a larger facility, so more community members can enjoy the production.

“We got Warren Cox to come back to play Uncle Sam,” said Decker. “He played the part for about 18 years out of the 27 that it was performed here.”

The original script was written in 1969, so additions had to be made.

“A lot of history has happened since then,” said Decker. “We even included 9-11 and the War on Terrorism. The performance is about 55 minutes long. We’ll perform the military anthems to honor all those who have served and are serving our country, and it will end with the kids all singing ‘God Bless America’ for the grand finale.

“I am really excited to bring this tradition back.”

Story First Published: 2013-06-26