Tinyard Hill will play its last performance on July 11 at the Cumberland County Playhouse. This award-winning new musical is by Nashville’s Mark Allen and Georgian Tommy Newman.
The show is set in Tinyard Hill, GA in 1964, a town too far away from the world to pick up a good radio signal, but close enough for a dangerous world to affect it as Vietnam heats up in the wake of JFK’s death. Greg Pendzick, former star of The Miracle in Pigeon Forge where he originated the role of Judas, joins Nashville’s Billboard top-ten songwriter and off-Broadway star of Smoke on the Mountain Bobby Taylor as rural American blacksmiths. Young David Kingsley (played by Pendzick) is just 18, and helps his dad Russell (played by Taylor) continue the 200-year-old family smithy’s tradition.
Tour veteran Weslie Webster, who played Julie and other roles in Carousel's National Broadway Touring Company, plays the Kingsley’s neighbor lady, May Bell Whitehead. New Yorker Aileen Garrett, who scorns and then falls for David Kingsley, is played by Lindy Pendzick, new bride of leading man, Greg, and also a member of The Miracle's premiere cast.
David has big dreams of turning family business into a garage and body shop, but his life changes when “yankee” Aileen spends the summer with her Aunt May. Love unexpectedly blooms between Aileen and David, but Vietnam intervenes when Russell intercepts a draft notice for David. Tinyard is a bittersweet love story with a powerful patriotic thread, which expresses a deep love for rural America and the challenge of balancing the calls of home, family and country.
Currently at the Playhouse the just “held over” comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel!, rated PG-13 for a little salty language, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery, now through July 30. Also running is the family musical full of laughter and songs, Hello, Dolly! rated G, sponsored by Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn, through August 22; and the musical comedy cavalcade that launched the Playhouse 45 years ago, Tennessee, USA!, rated G and sponsored by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, thru August 28. Tickets for all shows range between $13 and $26. For reservations call 931.484.5000, or visit www.ccplayhouse.com. Don’t delay! Get your tickets today!