gritGrit and Grace,”  Walton County, Florida’s Official Folk Life Production, recently made some exciting announcements regarding the 2015 production. The organization has enlisted the talents of Brandon Elkins as annual play director and Ronnie McBrayer as the writer, for this year’s production.

“We are looking forward to a great year in 2015,” said Mark Douglass, president of the Board of Directors. “Our organization feels blessed and excited about the creative team that we have assembled to lead this year’s production. Brandon served as our stage manager last year, is a member of our board, and has been involved with local theater for several years.  We are also pleased to welcome Ronnie McBrayer to the “Grit and Grace” family.  When the board met with Ronnie we felt he was a great fit for the organization and had a true understanding of what we are all about.”

Elkins is a resident of DeFuniak Springs and serves on The Florida Chautauqua Theater Board of Directors, DBPA Board of Directors, and the DeFuniak Springs Lions Club. He has also been an active volunteer with the Matrix Community Outreach Center for several years and has more than 12 years of theater experience.

While new to “Grit and Grace,” Ronnie McBrayer is not new to the community, storytelling, or the arts. He is a syndicated columnist, blogger, and author of multiple books and publications. He founded and leads “A Simple Faith” in Seagrove Beach, and is a resident of Freeport with his wife Cindy and their three boys.

Grit and Grace,” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of local volunteers whose mission and purpose is to preserve the history of Greater Walton County through storytelling, music, and dance. The organization was first formed in 2001 and has produced plays portraying and preserving Walton County History. This year’s production is tentatively scheduled for the third week of July 2015 at the Walton High School Auditorium.

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