Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 1, 2012

Malt Shop Memories ‘Diner’ Theatre set Nov. 12


CROSSVILLE — DSquared Productions wishes to thank all those who came out and made the Oct. 19 production of “Patsy Cline and the Legends” at the new Convention and Event Center of the Cumberlands another sold out success. A good time was had by all. But they refuse to rest on their laurels. What could match the success of this blockbuster production?

Well it didn’t take too much brainstorming to decide to bring dinner theater back to Crossville, and what could be better for dinner theater then a production that actually takes place in a diner?  D2 is announcing their Nov. 12 production, “Malt Shop Memories.” Let’s go to Mary’s malt shop!

Many memorable and defining moments in American culture and history were created in the 1950s and 1960s. The first transcontinental television broadcast was in 1951; racial segregation in the schools was ruled unconstitutional in 1954; the polio vaccine was developed in 1955; and don’t forget the important things like poodle skirts, going to the hop in your ’57 Chevy so you can do the jitterbug; bobby socks and much more! An important element of that time was the music that played in the background — and sometimes took center stage! The music of that period was influential, delightful and endearing.

The biggest songs and best singers could be heard coming from the jukebox at the malt shop — where friends met and young romances began. For a time in the late '50s and early '60s, before all those sprawling, enticing malls, there were malt shops that gave teens a place to, well, be teenagers. The malt shop, a place where teenagers hung out, met and practiced social skills, enacted adolescent drama, fell in love for perhaps the first time, and — most of all — played music on the jukebox.
If you’re a baby boomer or not, you should appreciate the changes that took place in the '50s and '60s. With wonderful memories of teenage love and life, the malt shop was always the place to be. So let’s go to the malt shop! Go back in time, break out those bobby socks, school sweaters, letter or leather jackets, poodle skirts scarves and saddle shoes! Revisit those years with Dennis Donald, Terry Henderson, Ashley Krohn, and Cheyenne Graff.

Terry Henderson needs little introduction to local folks. He has quickly become one of the area’s favorites and he always gets the crowds cheering with his renditions of “Mustang Sally” or “Only You.” His first appearance at the Palace Theatre was with D2 and Dennis Donald in Malt Shop Memories followed by Return of the Rat Pack, Rat Pack Revival and Voices of Vegas. He has gone on to appear with others at the Palace and other venues in Fairfield Glade. Terry also hosts karaoke at the Blind Zebra and Red’s.
Ashley Krohn is another D2 discovery whose first onstage appearance was at the Palace in the D2 Production of Return of the Rat Pack. Ashley has been cast in most of the D2 shows as well as performing gospel with Dennis. She just keeps getting better and has the voice and heart of an angel. Ashley is now a much sought after performer who does many benefits. She is a valued employee at Advanced Rehabilitation where she interacts lovingly with patients who adore her.
Cheyenne Graff is the newest prodigy discovered and mentored by D2. She turned 13 the end of March but has the voice and stage presence of someone far beyond her years. If you haven’t seen her, don’t miss this event. Cheyenne is a student at Crab Orchard Elementary, an animal lover, cheerleader and also plays guitar. She was the winner of the recent Fair Park karaoke contest at Pioneer Days and has appeared in every D2 show except Patsy Cline.

Dennis, who started singing in churches at a very young age, became a popular performer and actor in Motown before he reached his teen years and traveled internationally with the HIS Group. While in college, he was lead singer with two touring groups. He became involved with a professional improvisational acting troupe that traveled many states in the southeast. His move to Tennessee, to be close his parents, led to the co-founding of DSquared Productions. Along with D2, his passions are his duties as music director at Faith Bible Fellowship in Fairfield Glade and his acting roles at CCP. He just returned from Virginia where he had the role of "Pap" in the seven week sold out musical of “Hank Williams — The Lost Highway,” at the Wayside Theatre. You won’t want to miss any of these stellar artists. You never know what treats this group might have in store.

Tickets for this show are $20 and includes your “diner” meal, drink and tax. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 7. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 931-456-1972 or Verizon cell 864-314-5716.