By Jan Boston Sellers
Cumberland County Playhouse has been dark for a couple of weeks but will re-open this weekend with a repertoire of musicals, comedies, and dramas for the upcoming 2014 season.
The Dixie Swim Club opens Saturday in the Adventure Theater. This is a Jones Hope Wooten comedy and is centered on the lives and friendships of five women. Billed as “the story of five unforgettable women-a hilarious comedy” it has a PG rating and is slated to run until March 21.
The second installment in this new season is a CCP youth project with a yet to be announced title. What we do know is it will be a 1950’s musical, and my guess is it will be Grease. The Foreigner, a personal favorite, is slated to open Feb. 28 on the main stage. One of the most popular plays ever to land at CCP, this comedy will feature resident actors Jason Ross, Daniel Black and Carol Irvin. This is a hilarious comedy and with those three actors, you can expect a little bit of everything on stage. The Foreigner runs through April 25.
Two period plays are scheduled to take the stage at CCP beginning in March. They are The Diary of Anne Frank and Annie Get Your Gun. This new adaptation of Anne Frank is by Wendy Kesselman and tells the tale of a young woman caught in Hitler’s Germany. The crowd pleasing Annie Get Your Gun is fun for all ages as sharp shooting Annie falls for the star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. This play is rate G for audiences and has run date of May 2 through July 11.
Students will command the stage come May 22 in the annual performance education production. This year’s show will feature American Icons from all walks of life. It is aptly titled: American Icon. This production will run through May 24.
The longest running show in playhouse history opens in the O’Brien Adventure Theater on May 30. Smoke on the Mountain opens its 21st season with its loveable cast of characters, the Sanders Family and Reverend Oglethorpe. Written by Connie Ray and Alan Bailey, this production continues to perform before sellout crowds.
What is big and green and cute but sort of monstrous? Shrek! The adorable ogre will turn the playhouse stage into a faraway kingdom come June 13. This musical production will run until Aug. 31 and it, too, is rate G for its clean comedy featuring a feisty princess.
The last half of the season will include Gypsy, Damn Yankees, Inherit the Wind, A Sanders Family Christmas, Scrooge and a yet untitled play. Gypsy is the story of Momma Rose and her daughters as they cross the country during the Vaudeville era. It runs from July 18-Sept. 5. Damn Yankees is all about major league baseball and second chances. This long time favorite opens in September (just before the playoffs) and winds up Nov. 9.
The gripping court room drama Inherit The Wind is sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise and will begin its run on Oct. 10. It is rated G and written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The holidays will serve up some fabulous treats and tricks beginning Halloween with a Sanders Family Christmas and Scrooge. Sanders features faith, family, fun and some toe tapping music. It begins on Oct. 31 and ends Dec. 21. Scrooge starts Nov. 21 and ends just before Christmas on December 20. This is a classical musical about the true meaning of Christmas.
Tickets to Cumberland County Playhouse Shows are available through the playhouse box office or by visiting the CCP on-line ticket office. Tickets may be purchased for the entire season; as a pick six or flex pass. Contact the box office for show times and ticket prices at 931-484-5000.