• 37°

Want to volunteer? Just ask

By Staff
PAINT JOB Ruth Glisson, right, and her daughter, Lauren, paint a chair for an upcoming production at the Meridian Little Theatre. Glisson enjoys working behind-the-scenes at MLT productions, and has been volunteering for more nearly five years. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Nov. 18, 2001
Volunteering and getting involved in the community has always been a family affair for Ruth Glisson.
Experience helps
She and her husband, David, along with their three children, have made Meridian their home for nearly 10 years. David is a pilot of the Air National Guard while Ruth home schools and works in different activities. At this point, helping at the Meridian Little Theatre is a major focus.
She first became involved in the MLT nine years ago when her oldest daughter, Candice, got a part in "Peter Pan."
Her past experience as a window decorator in a department store and a newspaper ad designer are being put to use at the MLT. She helps design the sets and costumes. She worked some in "Annie," and is helping with the production of "Nuncrackers." But most of her energy is going into "The Princess and the Pea," which will be a children's production slated for January.
Just ask
Born in Indiana, Glisson's family was military and she grew up "all over."
That's what happened when Glisson told MLT director Jimmy Pigford she wanted to help with "a little artwork."
Depending on the production, as many as 60-to-70 behind-the-scenes workers can be involved in one play. And that's not counting the actors, Pigford noted.
Happy at home
When the Glissons moved to Meridian, they hoped to settle down.
At first, she became very involved in the local schools.
That got the wheels turning in her head, and for nearly five years, she has home schooled her two younger children, Jon and Lauren. Through this experience, she feels she has gotten to know her children a lot better.
The family has five dogs and two cats. Lauren has a horse named Star,' which delivered a filly just eight-months ago.
The Glissons live in the northeast part of the county but are building a farm near Collinsville. "We have some land, and we hope to live there some day, but it's going to be a while," Glisson said.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

Chucky Mullins Scholarship brings in football star to lead youth camp

Franklin County

Hospitals offer another vaccine clinic in Franklin County 

Franklin County

Chamber announces application period for Junior Leadership

Franklin County

DHR opens second round of pandemic grants for childcare providers

Franklin County

NW-SCC offers scholarship to put students back on degree path

Franklin County

Leighton donates to Phil Campbell Fire Department

Franklin County

State’s mask mandate expires

Franklin County

Food Share collects $11K, 970 items

News

Class of ’48 friends reunite

Franklin County

4-H takes applications for rabbit project

Franklin County

Statewide clean-up campaign continues through April

Franklin County

PC youth receive scholarships

Franklin County

Franklin County youth livestock exhibitor earns ribbon

News

City addresses storm damage at sports complex

Franklin County

FRANKLIN’S FINEST: Annual Partnership Awards honor county’s dedicated citizens

Franklin County

Studio X-Treme wins big at state, AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier

News

$8K goes to RHS’ Lauren Sturdivant

Franklin County

Clinic draws countians for COVID-19 vaccine

Franklin County

Franklin County Schools receives $200K for technology from ARC

News

NJHS numbers illustrate EL gains

Galleries

PHOTOS: Sweet floppy-eared fun

Franklin County

PC seeks new chief following resignation

Franklin County

Tharptown seventh-grader finds niche with Shoals basketball team

Franklin County

Planning proceeds for 40th Watermelon Festival

x