They were like superheroes. Regular folks by day but disguised at night.
I couldn’t wait to discover what they were up to once the sun set on the Atlantic.
The players in this scenario happened to be more than a stone’s throw from our Myrtle Beach, S.C. hotel. But my husband and I wanted to go the distance and rock with the action.
Off we sped in our cheap rental car — one with roll up windows and push-down locks — a surefire method of keeping greedy criminal activity at bay. Pulling up to what looked like a spacious Southern manor, we entered the wide doors to an evening’s adventure.
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There were fiddlers, banjo players and tap dancers dressed in costume ready to entertain us at the Carolina Opry. Then before we could catch our breath in the Calvin Gilmore Auditorium, the scene would change; pretty ladies in gorgeous attire would grab a microphone and whisk us away to another era. A touch of 50’s nostalgia or the Big Band sounds had us either clapping or tapping our toes to the beat.
As we watched a guitarist in cowboy boots and hat strum a chord or a comedian bring on tears of laughter, I began to see clues about these people dressed up in character. There was an old-time hymn, a patriotic tribute to our military and a contemporary song about faith that moved our emotions with each chord.
At intermission, I thumbed through the performance booklet where I spied news about the cast. These “regular folks” in multi sets of glamorous clothing are active in their community and even more.
Rita Gumm has a gospel album and recently took time off to participate in a mission to Haiti for the children of Reformation Hope. Others in the cast, such as singer and show host Nathan Herron — one of the top 20 men in Season Four of American Idol — serves in Christian ministry at two churches in the local area.
It seems these nighttime superheroes are daytime heroes as well.
When I caught up to Rita after the show, I mentioned what I’d read about their other “jobs.”
“Oh!” Rita enthused as she reached out to give me a hug, “We’re NO ONE without God.”
I like to think that God is SOMEONE to others because of Rita, Nate and more superheroes at the Carolina Opry.