SHENANDOAH At Arts Center Through April 2

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Music by James Lee Barrett & Gary Geld, Lyrics by Peter Udell, Book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell, & Philip Rose

SHENANDOAH opens the Arts Center of Cannon County’s 2011 Stagedoor Series

"It's a story about family – about a father desperately trying to keep his family out of the Civil War. It is 1863 and the Civil War is raging. In the Shenandoah Valley, in northwest Virginia where his farmhouse sits in the middle of the ebb and flow of the fighting, wealthy landowner Charlie Anderson, a widower, father of six sons and a daughter is determined to keep his family out of the action. A man of peace despite his autocratic behavior, he steadfastly refuses to take sides in the Civil War, but bit by bit, Anderson’s isolationism- and his way of living- are torn apart. The score of Shenandoah includes down-home audience favorites Next to Lovin (I Like Fightin'), Freedom, Violets and Silverbells and The Only Home I Know.

Directed by Cyndie Verbeten, with music direction by Claire Brewer and chorography by Ted Verbeten, the principles in the Shenandoah cast include Tom Marcrom as Charlie Anderson, Lance Chandler as Jacob Anderson, Matt Smith as James Anderson, Cody Rutledge as Nathan Anderson, Matt Hunter as John Anderson, Allison Marcrom as Jenny Anderson, Adam Laporte as Henry Anderson, Bryson Bell as Robert Anderson (the Boy), and Laurie Burger as Anne Anderson. The cast also includes Zavior Phillips as Gabriel, Ben George (Stephen Jones-April 1 & 2 performance) as Sam, Don O. Henry  as Reverend Byrd, Parker Deal as Tinkham, Tim Rodriguez as the Corporal, and Ted Verbeten as Sergeant Johnson. The ensemble includes Zach Whitehead, Chris McLaurin, Nick Mullins, Casey Pinter, John Naylor, David Cummings, Joseph Brown, Lisa McLaurin, Samantha Kerley, Colin McLaurin, Cora Frye, Karen Wainright, Lydia McLaurin, and Matt Hunter.

The performance schedule for all shows is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for Shenandoah are $12 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 The Kitchen at The Arts Center is now open before all performances.

Shenandoah is sponsored by Smith Funeral Home and is part of the 2011 Stagedoor Series. The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes from Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one hour southeast of Nashville. Box office hours are 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Monday through Saturday.

If You Go:
What: Shenandoah
When: March 18, 19,  25, 26, April 1 & 2 at 7:30PM and March 20 & 27 at 2:00PM
Where: The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, and Woodbury, TN
Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors
Phone: (615) 563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073

Director–Cyndie Verbeten
Music Director – Claire Brewer
Choreographer –Ted Verbeten
Producer –Carol Reed
Stage Manager – Anderson Dodd
Costumes – Linda Fann
Props – Laurie Burger, Diane Bell, Martha Eggleston
Lights/Sound – Chris McLaurin
Set – Chris Davis, Andy Berg, Donald Fann, Caitlyn Wilson
Light Board Operator – Corinne Fann
Founded in 1990, the award-winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an under-served rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually attracts more than 40,000 visitors from a region covering over a 100-mile radius.  Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship.  The Arts Center is partially funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
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