Small Screen Movie, Big Stars at Work in Macon

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Updated: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:12:14 EST

For Macon Transit Authority executive assistant Rhonda Lowe, it was business as usual. Well, sort of. For much of Monday, a movie was being filmed on the other side of her office wall at the Terminal Station in Macon.

"A lot of excitement," said Lowe. "They've literally taken over the building."

Her modern day workplace has been transformed into a 1950's Houston, Texas bus station. Complete with a vintage greyhound bus of the era, parked out front.

The movie is a small screen production of the 1950's Broadway play "A Trip to Bountiful". A story about a woman's determination to return home one last time which in turn restores hope and faith to her family.

Lowe says she steps out of her office whenever she gets a chance, to get a sneak peak of the magic.

"So much fun to watch, so much that I've never seen before," she said. "So it's nice to be behind behind the scenes."

The movie has cast locals from around middle Georgia as extras and it's also brought in stars such tony award winner Cicely Tyson, former Miss America Vanessa Williams and an up and coming actress Keke Palmer.

"I did see Keke Palmer and Cicely Tyson, Blair (Underwood) and Vanessa (Williams) are not here yet but they are expected to come pretty soon," said Lowe.

Underwood and Williams arrived on the scene but not before making a little detour to take in the "Colored Only" entrance at the terminal station.

"It would be nice if I could meet them but it just nice knowing that they're going to be in the same building," said Lowe.

Lowe says just the chance to set eyes on the 79-year-old Tyson whom she's grown up watching only on the big screen was a treat.

"History for me, that really was," she said. "Just to see her, just the small scene, it was really nice."

For at least this week, there was nothing routine about work for Lowe.

"I'm looking forward to the rest of the day and tomorrow," she said.

The crew says filming is set to wrap up in Macon on Tuesday. "A Trip to Bountiful" the movie was most recently remade in 1985, starring actress Geraldine Page.

The play recently wrapped up its final Broadway show, which also starred Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson.

The performance earned Tyson a Tony Award for Best Actress.

No word when the movie will air on Lifetime.

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