Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 8, 2013

Playhouse students, faculty presents Broadway Our Way April 25-27


CROSSVILLE — The Performance Education Center of Cumberland County Playhouse presents its annual showcase, featuring dance, theater, musical theater, and stagecraft students and professional faculty. Crossville’s own Dave Kirk Automotive, original corporate sponsor of the Education Center, returns to sponsor the production.

“We’re excited to have Dave Kirk Automotive join us again,” says Education Director Weslie Webster, “as we work our way through 100 years of Broadway favorites, and put a contemporary spin on them with our fantastic tots, tweens, teens and all students.”

In addition to musical numbers from Broadway, stagecraft classes wrote selections that theater classes are performing. As CCP pro and teacher Greg Pendzick explained: “My stagecraft class is kind of an ‘everything that has to do with theater that doesn't fall directly under acting’ class. We've done units on stage combat, makeup, and playwriting. In this case, we were studying dramatic play structure, and one of their assignments was to condense a full length musical into a 3 page script. When I got their assignments back, they were so terrific; I decided that the intermediate acting class should perform them for the April showcase. It fit the theme of 'Broadway Our Way' very well! The result is a piece we're calling "One-Minute Musicals."

Broadway Our Way features all aspects of CCP’s theatre and dance education program—a celebration of music, dance and acting.

Dave Kirk’s commitment to the ongoing training and exposure to the Arts for youngsters has touched many lives since his first Playhouse sponsorship in 1987, and he spearheaded support of the Playhouse Education Department through 2003. Several of Dave Kirk Automotive employees have children who have participated in the Playhouse Education Center.

The Dave Kirk Company supports education in many ways. It gives away its 10th car this year for the attendance program at Cumberland County and Stone Memorial High Schools, and he supports many local causes and businesses that involve children’s activities.

Broadway Our Way runs April 25-27 at the Cumberland County Playhouse, with performances April 25 and April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on the web at or by calling the box office at 484-5000.

Currently showing is Les Misérables (rated PG-13, through May 3, and co-sponsored by Tennessee Plateau Oncology/Dr. Dirk C. Davidson, MD and by Dr. Vianney E. Villaruz, MD, Cardiology CMG-CMM) and The Miracle Worker (through May 17, rated G and co-sponsored by Lauren and Mason Fox, and by Crossville, Inc.). Tickets and information are also available for the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, and other events.

All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.