Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 1, 2012

FAIR PARK: Playhouse brings Five Guys Named Moe to senior center

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Fair Park Senior Center will be welcoming the Cumberland County Playhouse this Friday to the Birthday, Anniversary and Newcomer Party, and you are invited, too. The party is sponsored every month by friends at the Eye Center of Tennessee and Dr. Larry Patterson.

The Playhouse is letting the good times roll with its new production of Five Guys Named Moe, the hugely popular Clarke Peters musical which features the hits songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. Five Guys Named Moe originated in London, premiered on Broadway in April 1992 and was nominated for several Tony awards.

As the show begins, you meet the down-in-the-dumps hero Nomax (Quinn Cason). His woman left him, he's broke and it's almost five o'clock in the morning. But things change when “five guys named Moe” suddenly pop out of his radio. Big Moe (Horace Smith), Four-Eyed Moe (Earley Dean Wilson), Eat Moe (Michael Ruff), No Moe (Porter Anderson) and Little Moe (Donald Frison) proceed to cajole, wheedle, comfort and jazz him with unforgettable hit songs like “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens,” “Caldonia,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie,” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and more.

There's lots of fun and laughs. Director/choreographer Harry Bryce promises an exhilarating theatrical experience. Five Guys Named Moe is rated PG and plays through Oct. 27 in the Adventure Theater. These actors will be at the Fair Park Senior Center for the seniors to meet in person. So come early Friday, Oct. 5, around 9:45 a.m.

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The senior center is glad to be having noted watercolor artist Thomas Eckert, who will be conducting two two-day workshops in watercolor at the center. These classes will be geared towards the beginning to intermediate student. The first will be Oct. 8 and 22. Then he will do a repeat Nov. 5 and 19. These classes will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at a cost of $10 per class. Payment will be due at signup, with deadline one week before each at the center. Each student will receive a supply list for the materials he/she will need to bring. If you would love to learn to paint better, this is the class for you. Sign up today. All the art classes at the center is made possible by Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville.

The self defense class with Larry Potter still has some room for you to learn some simple things you can do to protect yourself, no matter your physical condition. His class is every Friday at 1 p.m. for $5 a lesson.

Learn to paint, protect yourself, keep in shape, get informed, be sociable and more all at Fair Park. If your a senior 60-plus who has never been to the Fair Park Senior Center, come pay the center for a visit. It is at 1433 Livingston Rd., across from the fairgrounds. Check out their website at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org or call 484-7416.