TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, CAMP ROCK Opens 46th Playhouse Season

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, CAMP ROCK Opens 46th Playhouse Season

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 8:01 pm

The Cumberland County Playhouse 46th season opens in the Adventure Theater on January 21 with Mitch Albom’s inspiring memoir Tuesdays with Morrie, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise, M.D.  Camp Rock, the hottest new Disney musical, opens on the Mainstage on February 12 and will feature Tennessee’s top young talent alongside members of the Playhouse professional company.  Both shows are rated G for the entire family.
 
Based on the bestselling true story of a student reuniting with a favorite college professor, Tuesdays with Morrie chronicles the reunion of sportwriter Mitch, played by Daniel Black, with his college mentor, Morrie (John Fionte).  The busy young man, despite promises to “keep in touch”, has let sixteen years slide by, when he spots Morrie on a TV interview, and is inspired to visit and reconnect.  One Tuesday, Mitch finds his elderly mentor still sharp, witty and full of spirit, but facing life’s final challenges.  Morrie asks him, “Are you being as human as you possibly can?”  Mitch can’t answer this and his one visit turns into many as he discovers that even though he is out of school, there are still many lessons on life and love he can learn from his beloved mentor.  Directed by Nicole Bégué, Tuesdays with Morrie was on the New York Times hardcover Best Seller list for 205 weeks, and its inspirational story followed with millions of paperbacks.  The television movie starring Jack Lemmon as Morrie, received four Emmy Awards.
 
In the Playhouse Tennessee premiere of Disney’s Camp Rock, The Musical, two rival summer music camps battle for bragging rights!  Sponsored by Playhouse Education Sponsor Spirit Broadband, with special assistance from John Verble with Morgan Stanley, SmithBarney, Camp Rock features teens from a dozen Tennessee counties, plus young CCP pros Greg and Lindy Penzick (Brigadoon) and Austin Price (She Loves Me).   It’s directed by Michele Colvin (Hairspray, Hello, Dolly) with choreography by Leila Nelson.  Both Price and Nelson grew up onstage at the Playhouse, played major roles in similar projects as Cumberland County students, and now have budding professional careers.  “It’s great to combine these young pros, grads of local schools and Playhouse programs, with today’s top young talent,” says Producer Jim Crabtree. “They’ll deliver a high energy show, full of fun and romance, and a bit of growing up, all in the great Disney tradition.”  Limited 4 week run, reserve your seats early!
 
The Silver Whistle, a comedy about folks in a church retirement home, sponsored by Uplands Retirement Village at Pleasant Hill, opens February 24.  Youngsters follow retirees as the amazing Playhouse Kids star in Paul Crabtree’s The Perils of Pinocchio, sponsored by Philip and Jane Burnett/Bean, Smith & Burnett Attorneys.  Then Jason Ross and Nicole Bégué star in My Fair Lady, and she joins Nathaniel Hackmann as Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, sponsored by Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn.
 
Held over 8 weeks in 2010 with sold out houses, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery, returns on April 21 with Jason Ross and Bobby Taylor in the smash-hit comedy, rated PG 13.  Joining the rep on August 25 is the “backwoods comedy” Dearly Departed, sponsored by Bilbrey Funeral Home(!) , in which folks find livin’ and dyin’ in the South is seldom tidy, and always hilarious.  New to the Playhouse is the funny and wild Little Shop of Horrors opening May 19, sponsored by Discovery Depot; Chicago, sponsored by Crossville, Inc. opens on July 22. The rags-to-riches story about a 1960’s Motown girl group, Dreamgirls, sponsored by The Beef & Barrel and The Blind Zebra, joins the season on September 16.
 
The 2011 Season will also feature Hollywood in Paris, May 5-8, and Smoke on the Mountain, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, as it returns for its 18th season on August 11.  October 20 brings Jim Crabtree and Carol Irvin in Fiddler on the Roof, the musical of tradition, faith and family, sponsored by M. Stewart Galloway, MD/Cumberland Eye Care of Fairfield Glade.  The season closes December 14-18 with The Nutcracker, and holiday magic of the Kirov traditions recreated by CCP’s Dance Directors Eldar Valiev and Lilia Valieva, trained at the Kirov Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Nutcracker’s first home.  Tickets and details are at www.ccplayhouse.com and 931.484.5000.

Posted 1.21.11

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