Damn Yankees have taken the field, now thru Nov. 9
The Playhouse promises audiences a devilishly good time as they present Damn Yankees, the Tony Award-winning musical that's all about America's favorite pastime, baseball!
Middle-aged Joe Boyd (Jim Crabtree) will do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win the pennant—even sell his soul to the Devil. So when charming Mr. Applegate (Jason Ross, pictured above) offers him the chance to dethrone the Yankees and lead his team to the pennant, Joe can't resist the temptation.
However, when transformed into the baseball sensation of the year, young Joe Hardy (Blake Graham) must decide if the life he gave up is more important than youth and fame. Only with the help of the Devil's sultry seductress Lola (Leila Nelson) does Hardy have a chance at redemption.
Co-sponsored by the Beef & Barrel Restaurant & Lounge/The Blind Zebra Sports Bar & Grill/Red's Ale House,
and Vianney E. Villaruz, M.D., Cardiology CMG-CMM
Inherit the Wind plays through Nov. 14
Inherit The Wind—based on elements of the Scopes trial, but also inspired by the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s—directed by Jim Crabtree is a hymn-filled production that strives to promote respect for all views.
"Working on Front Page News this summer was a revelation," says Crabtree. "The more I learned the actual surrounding the Scopes Trial, the more respect I gained for the real people of Dayton. This knowledge informs our Inherit The Wind."
While Inherit uses the Scopes Trial as its jumping-off point, many events were substantially altered or invented for the play.
Director Crabtree added, "The play isn't just about the drama behind evolution and creation, it's about encounters of traditional communities and the city-based electronic media, between urban and agricultural lifestyles, between rural life and cosmopolitanism, or even 'red states and blue states.' Our production treats both sides of these divides with respect. Inherit The Wind makes an eloquent case for justice, tolerance, mutual respect, freedom of thought and faith."
Co-sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise
& Dr. Anthony Wilson
A Sanders Family Christmas opens Friday!
Beginning Friday, October 31, A Sanders Family Christmas, the heart-warming sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's wildly-successful bluegrass/gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain, returns to the Cumberland County Playhouse for its 16th year!
It's Christmas Eve, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers.
The family gathers for one last holiday sing at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church before Dennis ships out to boot camp.
Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the family as they share their music and witness—and send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.
Directed by Weslie Webster, this year's cast will feature Cody Murphy as Pastor Oglethorpe (pictured above), Patty Payne as June Sanders, Daniel Black as Burl Sanders, Lauren Marshall as Vera Sanders (and the show's Music Director), and Malachi Banegas and Ellie Burnett as twins Dennis and Denise Sanders.
Faith, family and fun abound in this heavenly holiday favorite that's been pleasing Playhouse audiences for 16 years. It's got great gospel music, uproarious laughter and a romantic surprise! A Sanders Family Christmas is rated G and runs through December 21.