MAMA WON'T FLY, By Jones-Hope-Wooten, Opens at Arts Center of Cannon County for 4/12-27 run

April 3
2:33 PM 2013

MAMA WON'T FLY, By Jones-Hope-Wooten, Opens at Arts Center of Cannon County for 4/12-27 run

An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama Won't Fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother in Mama's vintage sedan.

The comedy opens at the Arts Center of Cannon County in Woodbury, directed by Phil Mote, for an April 12-27 run.

As Savannah steels herself for this hasty ill-conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. The journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable-and inconceivable-mishap that can occur does, including a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked 18-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl minister.

Mama Won't Fly is directed by Phil Mote and produced by Heather Willow. This show features Arts Center favorites Faye Northcutt-Knox as Norleen, Melanie Nistad as Savannah and Danielle Stratton as Hayley. This talented cast also includes Jonathan Higdon, Bill White, Becky Coutras, Janet Belsy, Rae Lynn Stickney, Jennifer Black-Dunn, Richard Stickney, Steven Luster and Wesley Rutledge.

The performance schedule for all shows is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 with discounts available for students, seniors and groups and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or 1-800-235-9073. Tickets may also be purchased online at

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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 - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized 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 Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.



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