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The Community Playhouse, Inc. announces its 2013-14 season of shows as it begins its 59th year of providing live theater in Tullahoma and the surrounding communities.
Since 1954, the playhouse has been supporting local arts in the community. The Community Playhouse, Inc. is a non–profit, self-supporting, all volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for creative community involvement in the presentation of live theater in the Middle Tennessee area.
Community Playhouse, Inc. has been in existence since April of 1954 when it opened its first production, “A Series of One Act Plays” at Bel-Aire Elementary School.
Soon thereafter, performances were moved to the historic Northern Field Theatre in Tullahoma that has since been torn down.
The playhouse moved to its current location in the old South Jackson School building – now called the South Jackson Civic Center — in 1978 and has been the resident theater group within that facility since that time. While many think that the Community Playhouse and South Jackson Civic Association are one in the same, they are two unique organizations — both housed in the same building — with different purposes yet having one underlying goal: bringing the Performing Arts to the local area. CPI is the oldest community theater in the Middle Tennessee area, having been in business for 59 years.
The 2013-2014 season
There are four offerings for the playhouse season this year, each with totally different themes and venues. These include a bit of science fiction, a taste of newlywed life, a touch of the old Wild West, and a glimpse of some “Southern Living” moments.
Overall, the four plays on the horizon this year for CPI will provide laughter, tears, fears and a whole gamut of fun for the entire family.
Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at 455-0620 or 581-7767 for further information or to make reservations. Also visit online at www.communityplayhouse.org.
Season Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and students with ID, and $25 for children 12 and under. Purchasing season tickets not only assures good seating for the performances but also provides a discount on each individual show.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Oct. 4-6 and 11-13
Opening the season is the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” which will run Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12 and 13.
“Little Shop…” is the story of a down-and-out, skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.
Soon, “Audrey II” (the plant) grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore that offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken of Disney fame.
Casting has been done for this show and includes both familiar faces and new faces to the CPI stage. Cast members include Jonathan Higdon as Seymour, the floral assistant; Martha Brooke Powers as Audrey, Seymour’s girlfriend; Glendale Swann as Mr. Mushnik; Mike Sneed as Audrey II, the blood eating plant; Will Prater as Orin; Heather Kleinfeld as Crystal; Dianne Stanbaugh as Chiffon; Elizabeth Stanbaugh as Ronnette; Susan Higdon as Mrs. Luce; Isaac Cunningham as Bernstein/Snip; and David Ford as Wino.
Directing “Little Shop” is Steve Cagley from Winchester. Heather Kleinfeld serves as assistant director and Todd Nichols is the music director, both vocal and orchestra. This team of directors worked together previously in last year’s production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
Also in the production crew is stage manager Tim Warren and instrumentalists Vicki Collinsworth on keyboards with Kyle Copeland on drums. Anne Black is serving as producer for this show.
Individual tickets are now available for this show.
‘Barefoot in the Park’
Feb. 7-9 and 14-16
“Barefoot in the Park,” the award-winning romantic comedy by playwright Neil Simon that premiered on Broadway in 1963 and ran for 1,500 successful showings is the second play for the season.
“Barefoot In The Park” follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a buttoned-down, straight-arrow lawyer who’s wound a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who won’t let anything disturb her romantic bliss.
The young couple must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, an oddball neighbor, Victor Velasco, and Corie’s well-meaning mother. As tension builds, they find that adjusting to married life isn’t so easy.
Veteran actor and director Charlie Winton from Manchester will direct this play. Those interested in auditioning for the show should look for audition times to be set prior to Christmas.
‘Annie Get Your Gun’
April 4-6 and 11-13
Three of the greatest names in American musical theatre, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Irving Berlin, came together to create one of the most original and beloved musical comedies of all time, “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Many shows claim to be classics but this one truly is. It tells the tale of Annie Oakley – the world’s greatest sharpshooter – and her topsy-turvy, hilarious journey to find fortune, fame, and true love with Frank Butler.
Along the way she meets Buffalo Bill, Chief Sitting Bull, and an array of colorful characters that help her in her quest. Yet they still find time to sing some of the greatest songs ever to be sung on Broadway. Every song is a hit, including “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better,” “The Sun in the Morning and the Moon At Night,” “I Got Lost in His Arms,” and that great anthem of American stage “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
Janet Patterson and Rosie Graham are “teaming” up together again to direct this classic musical production. Auditions will be forthcoming in February. There will be parts available for adults, teens and children in this show.
‘The Dixie Swim Club’
May 29-31 and June 1
Rounding out the season for CPI will be a fun and relevant performance of “The Dixie Swim Club,” a play written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.
The play received its world premiere at The Playhouse of Wilson at the “Edna Boykin Center” in Wilson, N.C. on Sept. 21, 2007. It is the story of five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. It is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.
Audiences will laugh, cry and leave enriched from this poignant and uplifting look at real life.
The Community Playhouse, Inc. holds monthly membership meetings every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the front reception room at South Jackson Civic Center. All interested parties are invited to attend. Membership is open to everyone interested in participating in live theater. Yearly family membership fee is $5 per family. Contact information may be found on our website: www.communityplayhouse.org.