Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 19, 2013

VIS brings Broadway to Main St. Saturday


— The Visually Impaired Support Group of Cumberland County is pleased to bring the music and comedy of Broadway to Crossville! On July 20, at 7 p.m., Broadway tunes will fill the historic Palace Theatre. The concert to benefit the VIS will be performed by an all-star cast of Terri Utsey, Dennis Donald and Brian and Amanda Bacon.

Since her first appearance in this area three years ago, Terri Utsey has been in great demand, becoming a frequent entertainer at the Palace Theatre as well as many other venues in Cumberland County.

Dennis Donald is a co-founder of DSquared Productions. He has been singing his entire life, touring with many professional acting troupes, appearing at the Cumberland County Playhouse and currently produces numerous shows in this area, including the highly popular dinner theaters.

A native of Crossville, Amanda Bacon studied Vocal Performance at Roane State Community College and Maryville College. She has been the featured soloist for many organizations, including the Maryville College Orchestra, Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Cumberland County Community Chorus and the Maryville-Alcoa Community Chorus. We are very pleased that she is lending her beautiful voice to our show.

Brian Bacon has become the go-to musical director and vocalist of Fairfield Glade. He is the director of music at St. Francis of Assisi Church as well as the director of the Cumberland County Band and the Festival Chorale. He recently returned from New York City following a successful guest conducting performance at Carnegie Hall.

The Visually Impaired Support Group was established to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired in Cumberland County through education, communication, transportation, CCTV’s (closed circuit televisions) as well as other visual aids. They meet the second Thursday of the month at Sonshine Soup Kitchen, 69 Neecham Street in Crossville from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The VIS Group is affiliated with The United Fund of Cumberland County, the Tennessee Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. They work with government agencies about issues concerning the visually impaired, such as new laws to provide safer public access. Even though they are located in Cumberland County, their services are not limited to Cumberland County. They are the only visually impaired support group in a 14-county radius.

VIS would like to express their appreciation to the sponsors who helped bring Broadway Comes to Crossville to the Palace Theatre. Thanks go out to Wilson’s Music, Mitchell’s Drug Store, A to Z Printing and Forte’s Restaurant.

Get your tickets early, mark your calendars and come to the Palace Theatre to support the VIS and enjoy a night of wonderful music and comedy (and Brian in a dress!). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling the Palace Theatre at 931-484-6133 or online at