Grit & Grace began in 1999, organizing and educating the public about community theater. It was designated The Official Folk Life Production of Walton County, Florida, by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners in 2000.
Grit & Grace members collect stories and legends passed down from people in Walton County. They secure a playwright to put the stories together, hire a director to direct the show, then audition actors and singers to bring these stories to life, remembering that these are stories about real people—family, friends, and neighbors—passed down from generation to generation, creating oral history. Some of the stories may be sad or tragic, some serious, and some humorous.
The Music Committee identifies interested musicians who volunteer to play in the band or write the original music for the production. All who audition for acting roles are in the show and are committed to doing their very best to bring these stories to life. Many, many volunteers are enlisted to help with Front House, staging, advertising, set construction, and much more.
Grit & Grace is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that depends upon membership as its principal means of support. This year's play is "In Sickness and in Health."