Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

April 30, 2012

Playhouse, Fair Park kick off Older American Month

CROSSVILLE — May is Older American Month, with this year’s theme being “You’re Never Too Old to Play.” If you stay active, you could live a longer, healthier life. Art, music, drama, sports, games and more, "we‘ve got it all right here!” (quoting the fabulous play Tennessee U.S.A.) More people are starting to realize it is true, with so many retirees from all over, settling in our area of Tennessee. Crossville really is a great place to play.

“You're Never Too Old to Play”  — the Cumberland County Playhouse and Fair Park live up to this theme every day. This Friday, our friends from the Playhouse will be at the senior center to help us kick off Older American Month. There will be a lot going on. Bilbrey Funeral Home sponsors the arts at Fair Park.

Lindy Pendzick, Daniel Black and Annie Crabtree will be visiting and performing from the play, Cowboys, which is currently running through July 20. It is a western musical extravaganza that is a cross between vaudeville and Blazing Saddles.

It features a snake oil salesman, Phinnius Phalstaff, played by Jim Crabtree himself, and the bungling members of his traveling medicine show, with CCP performers Lindy and Greg Pendzick, Daniel Black, Michael Ruff, Weslie Webster, Emily Woods and Lauren Marshall. Remember all of the characters from the “singing cowboy” movies of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry? Director/writer John Briggs once again spoofs the American cowboy myth. Music director Annie Crabtree has assembled a talented six-piece onstage country band to play a tuneful score inspired by the sounds of Riders of the Purple Sage and the Sons of the Pioneers.

This play is full of fun with dastardly villains, scheming siblings, scurrilous politicians, a resolute heroine and a dashing but dim hero. The nonstop slapstick laughs all culminate in a hilarious chase on horseback – through the audience and all the way to the Canadian border. You don't want to miss this play, which brings back the good old days of cowboy musical movies.

You’re invited to come and meet some of the cast. Lindy (Rose) is originally from Palatka FL, performing in numerous plays since the age of nine. She is in her third year at CCP with her husband Greg, and they are loving it, grateful for the wonderful opportunities the playhouse has given them. Lindy has a bachelor of music degree in voice from Stetson University and a Master of Music degree in voice from Ohio State University.

The Playhouse has exposed many young people to the wonderful world of the arts over the years. Daniel Black (Rusty) is a Crossville resident who has grown up in the Cumberland County Playhouse, performing in most of the shows since 1995. He plays a number of instruments and enjoys singing, acting and directing. Come meet Daniel. Everyone always love meeting up close and in person the talented and professional entertainers who come to visit.

This Friday our sponsors, the Eye Centers of Tennessee, will also be on hand to help celebrate with cake and prizes in hand as we play. The first Friday, we always recognize the ones having birthdays, anniversaries and our new members. So if you’re a senior 55-plus, then plan to come and enjoy the fun, this Friday and every weekday at Fair Park, where  "You’re Never Too Old to Play." The center is across from the Community Complex and Fairgrounds, at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. It is open to all seniors, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as on-line versions of the Center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.” For more information, call 484-7416.

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