CCP Students, Faculty presents Broadway Our Way April 25-27

CCP Students, Faculty presents Broadway Our Way April 25-27

Broadway Our Way, the annual showcase of the Performance Education Center of Cumberland County Playhouse-which features dance, theater, musical theater and all manner of stagecraft-will be presented at the Crossville theater April 25-27.

Dave Kirk Automotive, original corporate sponsor of the education center, returns to sponsor the production.

"We're excited to have Dave Kirk Automotive join us again," says education director Weslie Webster, "as we work our way through 100 years of Broadway favorites, and put a contemporary spin on them with our fantastic tots, tweens, teens and all students."

In addition to musical numbers from Broadway, stagecraft classes wrote selections that theater classes are performing.

As CCP pro and teacher Greg Pendzick explains: "My stagecraft class is kind of an 'everything that has to do with theater that doesn't fall directly under acting' class. We've done units on stage combat, makeup, and playwriting. In this case, we were studying dramatic play structure, and one of their assignments was to condense a full length musical into a 3 page script. When I got their assignments back, they were so terrific; I decided that the intermediate acting class should perform them for the April showcase. It fit the theme of Broadway Our Way very well! The result is a piece we're calling 'One-Minute Musicals.' Broadway Our Way features all aspects of CCP's theatre and dance education program-a celebration of music, dance and acting."

Dave Kirk's commitment to the ongoing training and exposure to the Arts for youngsters has touched many lives since his first Playhouse sponsorship in 1987, and he spearheaded support of The Playhouse Education Department through 2003. Several of Dave Kirk Automotive employees have children who have participated in The Playhouse Education Center.

Broadway Our Way runs April 25-27 at the Cumberland County Playhouse, with performances April 25 and April 26 at 7:00pm and April 27 at 10:30am. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (931) 484-5000.

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor outstanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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