Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 19, 2012

CCP sets 2013 season


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Playhouse is thrilled to announce the 2013 Playhouse Season. It's an exciting season filled with great stories and unforgettable characters.

Buy your season membership now and be the first to receive the detailed 2013 show calendar and the first to reserve seats! Memberships and gift certificates are on sale now, as well. Once the calendar is complete, members, contributors, and sponsors will be able to choose their seats first!

Sponsorships: Business, individual, family, and organizational sponsorships are now available. Development Director John White (extension 253) will happily answer any questions you may have.

Please keep in mind that because of Hurricane Sandy's impact on New York City, theater business offices (and communications) have been affected. But the CCP staff believes this is the schedule of shows, subject to final rights acquisitions.

Steel Magnolias: by Robert Harling, Jan. 19-March 29, Adventure Theater. This funny, poignant comic drama is based on the playwright's recollections of the strong, unforgettable Southern women he grew up with in Louisiana, and features six of the Playhouse’s wonderful leading ladies. Steel Magnolias has inspired two hit movies, and like 2012's opening hit, Driving Miss Daisy, it's a classic set in the American South. Rated PG.

Footloose, the Musical: Feb. 1-24, Mainstage, music by Tom Snow, stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. One of the most popular movie musicals in recent memory is now an exhilarating stage musical! Footloose will feature CCP's teens, interns, and some favorite professionals in a story of values, faith, religious traditions and the challenges of growing up. From the familiar hits of its Oscar-nominated film score to dynamic new songs written for the stage version, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of not only listening to young people, but guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Rated PG.

Les Miserables: March 8-May 3, Mainstage, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. The world’s longest-running musical comes to the Playhouse Mainstage, starring Nathaniel Hackmann — direct from the national tour — as Jean Valjean! Boublil and Schönberg’s musical version of Victor Hugo’s beloved classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of revolution, passion, and the redemptive power of love. Rated PG.

The Miracle Worker: by William Gibson, April 5-May 17, Adventure Theater.

The amazing true story of young Helen Keller, and the gifted young  teacher who brought light, words and the world to a blind, deaf child in 19th century Alabama.  This remarkable play is "a story that, however well known, acquires stunning new reality and affectingness on the stage.” (Time) Rated G.

Dolly Parton's NINE to FIVE, the Broadway Musical: May 10-July 14, Mainstage.

Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. These fiercely feminist crusaders for freedom team up to take care of business and learn there's nothing they can't do — even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, NINE to FIVE is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Rated PG-13.

Smoke on the Mountain: by Connie Ray and Alan Bailey, May 24-Aug. 2. It’s the 20th anniversary production of the longest-running show in Tennessee history…and the longest running production of this enduring favorite anywhere! The Sanders Family Singers turn Pastor Oglethorpe’s quiet country church topsy turvy while they serenade the congregation with some of the best music this side of heaven. Rated G (except for that one word!)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I: June 14-Aug. 30, Mainstage. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale in this sweeping epic by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. The score is a songbook of favorites:  "Hello, Young Lovers," "Getting to Know You," the irrepressible "March of the Siamese Children" and "We Kiss in a Shadow." Rated G.

Man of La Mancha: July 11-Sept. 27, Adventure Theater, by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh. The Impossible Dream musical comes to life once again on the Playhouse stage! When Spanish writer Miguel Cervantes is imprisoned for crimes against the church, he finds he must first plead his case to his fellow inmates before he faces the Inquisition. For his defense, he enacts his tale of Don Quixote. His dream is everyone's dream. His tilting at windmills is everyone's great adventure. The footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the Man of La Mancha speaks for humankind. Rated PG-13.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Aug. 8-Oct. 18, Adventure Theater. A stellar cast of actor/singer/musicians weaves the musical story of Johnny Cash, told through his songs, from his 1930s Arkansas homestead early years, to Nashville fame and ultimately worldwide stardom as the iconic " Man in Black." There's only one Johnny Cash, but a part of him lives in each cast member—and in every member of the audience. Rated PG.

To Kill a Mockingbird: by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by Harper Lee, Sept. 6-Nov. 3, Mainstage. Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, Jem and Scout witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and racism. This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation’s past and our moral responsibility to each other. Rated G.

Ragtime: Oct. 11-Nov. 16, Mainstage, by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally; based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow.  Ragtime is not only a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. The musical intertwines the contrasting, connected musical  stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. Different lives and rhythms meet by chance, propelled by a Tony-winning score that's as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. Rated PG.

A Sanders Family Christmas: by Connie Ray and Alan Bailey, Oct. 24-Dec. 22, Adventure Theater. The 16th season of the holiday sequel to the wildly popular Smoke On The Mountain! It’s Christmas Eve, 1941, and the always unpredictable Sanders Family gathers at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for one last holiday sing before son Dennis ships out for boot camp. Celebrate the holidays with faith, family and old-fashioned fun with this heavenly evening of music, laughter and a romantic surprise! Rated G.

Suite Surrender: by Michael McKeever, Nov. 8-Dec. 20, Adventure Theater.

Escape the winter doldrums with a hilarious new farce that's as funny as The Foreigner or Lend Me A Tenor! It's 1942, and the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel is under siege as two of Hollywood's biggest divas vie for the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, and one pampered little lap dog round out this fall-down-laughing riot of a comedy. An all-out love letter to those wonderful farces of the '30s and '40s. Rated PG.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:  by Barbara Robinson, Nov. 23-Dec. 21, Mainstage. "One of the best Christmas stories ever — and certainly one of the funniest," (The Seattle Times) weaves a spell of laughter, music, and kids, kids, kids! A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem — and fun — ensues when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on: bedeviling the pastor, chasing children up the aisles, and driving the new pageant director crazy, until they (and everyone) discover the true meaning of Christmas. Rated G.

Please help the Playhouse kick off a great “Golden Anniversary Era,” recalling the

1963-65 founding years of our theater, and its boost to our county’s tourism

and retirement leadership in Tennessee. Please buy your memberships now and be first to choose your dates and seats when the new calendar is ready!

Also, please hurry for good seats for Mandy Barnett on Nov. 23 (almost 60% sold!), Mike Stone’s concert on Nov. 29, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sanders Family Christmas and the teen holiday cabaret,  

Facing the Future!