Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Things To Do

December 14, 2012

CCP holding auditions for 2013 season

CROSSVILLE — Crossville’s Cumberland County Playhouse starts its “Golden Anniversary Era,” recalling events and people who inspired and launched the rural theater in 1963-'65, with a new season of plays and musicals featuring one of the South’s first authorized professional productions of Les Misérables and much more.

Auditions for Les Misérables and all 2013 shows will be Wed, Dec. 20, by appointment, beginning at 4 p.m. in CCP’s Adventure Theater, accessed from the main lobby. The schedule of CCP productions is available online at www.ccplayhouse.com, and rehearsals for each project begin a month before opening. For more details or to schedule an appointment, call Meka at 484-4324 (leave message on weekends).  

Les Misérables is now released to regional professional companies after 25 years of national and international touring, as the movie prepares to open. CCP’s Les Mis stars Nathaniel Hackmann, direct from the final national tour of the show, as Jean Valjean. Hackmann’s past CCP roles include Lancelot in Camelot, Emile in South Pacific and Curley in Oklahoma! A veteran of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola program, Hackmann has been a CCP resident company member since 2008’s Flight of the Lawnchair Man and South Pacific, prior to appearing in the national tours of Beauty and the Beast and Les Mis.

All other roles are open, with CCP resident actors competing, but a large, diverse company is required. CCP Producing Director Jim Crabtree will direct Les Mis, assisted by Britt Hancock and Weslie Webster, with musical staging by Leila Nelson. Children for the youth roles in Les Mis (Gavroche and his gang, young Cosette, ages 8-11) and The Miracle Worker’s young Helen Keller and multicultural kids 8-13 will be a future audition. 

Separate teen/youth and adult volunteer auditions are also being held Dec. 16 by appointment for roles in Footloose, the Broadway musical inspired by the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon and which generated a new movie version in 2011. Footloose is about a big city — small town “culture clash: the story of teenaged Ren (who lost his dad), as his single mom moves them from Chicago to a small, conservative town where styles, rules and even laws are different. In Chicago, Ren was popular, but he misses dad, and he’s now an “outsider.” The Oscar nominated-score is infectious and exciting in a show about families with kids growing up in the U.S.A.

Professionals and experienced volunteers (teens to seniors) may audition for all shows. All are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song and a 30-45 second monologue, with second selections if requested or called back. Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash musical, calls for several actor/musicians. Bring instruments if interested in Ring of Fire. CCP music director Ron Murphy asks that all bring sheet music in the proper key or a cued-up cd/cassette instrumental accompaniment. CCP works in rotating rep, each show plays 2-4 times per week, with actors in one or more projects, as available. Schedules are at www.ccplayhouse.com. Sometimes double casting permits wide participation.

CCP will kick off its 2013 season with Steel Magnolias, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise and directed by Donald Fann (Duck Hunter, Lilla Barton, Dearly Departed). It will open Jan. 19 and   feature CCP leading women Weslie Webster, Carol Irvin, Patty Payne, Lindy Pendzick, Lauren Marshall and 2012 newcomer Anna Baker (Golden Boy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Les Mis will begin rehearsals in early February, with a March 8 opening.

Now playing at CCP through Dec. 22 and 23 are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, sponsored by M. Stewart Galloway, MD of Cumberland Eye Care, and A Sanders Family Christmas, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery. Call 484-5000 or visit www.ccplayhouse.com for schedules, details and tickets.

1
Text Only
Things To Do
  • love that country music.jpg Palace welcomes Terry King April 12

    Once more, the historical Palace Theatre brings to the stage Terry King with his melodious steel guitar on April 12 at 7 p.m.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community chorus sets dates for spring concerts

    Spring has arrived on the Cumberland Plateau. Preparations for the annual spring concerts of the Cumberland County Community Chorus are in full bloom under the direction of Marty Gibson with Ann Looney accompanying.

    April 10, 2014

  • REVIEW: ‘Diary’ celebrates Anne Frank’s life

    Entering the Adventure Theater, the audience finds a two-story house with rooms on both levels. An attic area at one end can be shut off from the rest of the house. The audience already knows the story.

    April 3, 2014

  • Curtain Call Dinner Theatre to present ‘Funeral for a Gangster’

    The Curtain Call Dinner Theatre is inviting you to travel back with them as they take a step back in time to 1928 and join the Mob sendoff which is about to take place for the late Vito "The Gut" Marzetti, who was gunned down in a gangland slaying.

    April 3, 2014

  • Michael Ching composer conductor (2).jpg Music is in the air at Uplands

    Music’s in the air this month at Uplands Village, and the grand finale is not to be missed.

    March 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Swing Street Big Band welcomes spring April 3

    The 18-member Swing Street Big Band welcomes spring with the second dance of its 2014 Fairfield Glade schedule at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3.

    March 20, 2014

  • Curtain Call Players give tribute to the best of country legends

    Do you remember the lyrics from the Judds' song "Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days." They go something like this, "Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like this world's gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday when the line between right and wrong didn't seem so hazy."

    March 13, 2014

  • Jason Murphy.jpg Magic coming to Crossville

    At 7 p.m. on April 4, an evening of magic and illusion is coming to Crossville! Stone Memorial High School will be the site for Abracadabra! It’s Magic! — an evening of spellbinding and hilarious entertainment for the entire family. For one night only, six of the world’s greatest magicians, illusionists and comedians will astound and amaze you. They are Tom Vorjohan, Stephen Bargatze, Jason Michaels, Robert Jones, Tom A. Gibson and Jason Murphy.

    March 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • Cumberland Jamboree turns seven

    The longest running musical show on the mountain kicked off its 2014 season March 1 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville. This year the Cumberland Jamboree will return to its roots. In celebration of seven years of successful shows, all seats, except the first eight rows, will be free to the public once again.

    March 13, 2014

  • Dinner and a show supports St. Jude

    A dinner, show and country dance benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Fair Park Senior Center will be held at the center Saturday evening, March 22. Dinner will be at 4 p.m. The show will start at 5 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

    March 13, 2014

AP and the Gulf Oil Spill
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide