Showtime At First Baptist June 4-19

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Showtime at First Baptist will play onstage at The Arts Center of Cannon County, June 4th through 19th. Tickets are $10 with discounts available to groups, seniors and students. Call the Box Office at 615-563-2787 or visit to make reservations or purchase tickets.

Join the church ladies of First Baptist of Ivy Gap as they return to the Arts Center stage celebrating the smashing success of First Baptist’s 100 anniversary picnic. The ladies are giddy with joy except for one little thing: a bolt of lightning that struck the santuary, destroyed the steeple, the organ, and sent the pastor, Edith’s husband, to the hospital.

In order to raise money to rebuild, and perhaps as a way to preoccupy themselves, the ladies come up with the idea of having a big “talent show” for everyone. Lucille is adamantly opposed to the idea since it is, of course, of the devil, but through laughter, tragedy, and showbiz, the church – and the women – survive, stronger than ever.

Directed by Donald Fann and produced by Jill Spry, this show features Karen Lewis as the pastor’s wife Edith and banker’s wife Vera (Nancy Stewart) are joined by Suzanne Oliver as church organist Mae Ellen and Meredith Lane as former Vegas showgirl Olene.

Showtime also features Faye Northcutt-Knox as “Assistant Deputy Sheriff” and mayor’s wife Lucille, who patrols Main Street in a red Caddy, complete with siren. Her daughter-in-law Annie, her new husband in Vietnam, is played by Casey Hindman, caught amid the seasoned women who run the town and the church.

The performance schedule for all shows is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or 1-800-235-9073. A $2 discount for students, seniors or groups over 10 is valid for all performances.

Tickets may also be purchased online at The Arts Center Cafe is open before all performances, so be sure and call in advance for our discounted dinner/show packages.

Showtime at First Baptist is sponsored by Smith Funeral Home and is part of the 2010 Stagedoor Series sponsored in part by The Old Feed Store Antique Mall. 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: Showtime at First Baptist
When: June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30PM and June 6 & 13 at 2:00PM
Where: The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, and Woodbury, TN
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Students & Seniors
Phone: (615) 563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073

Cast Members
Edith-Karen Lewis
Vera-Nancy Stewart
Mae Ellen-Suzanne Oliver
Olene-Meredith Lane
Lucille-Faye Northcutt-Knox
Annie-Casey Hindman

Crew Members
Director-Donald Fann
Producer-Jill Spry
Stage Manager –Carolina George

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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