Liberal Arts
Two males dueling on stage
A group of females in harem attire

2013-14 Season

Female with crown pointing to stage left

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM

Nov. 1,2, 8,9 (Fridays and Saturdays) at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3, 10 (Sundays) at 2 p.m.

“Broadway’s Hit Bluegrass Musical!”

A rousing, bawdy Southern fairy tale set in eighteenth century Mississippi, The Robber Bridegroom is the story of the courting of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country, by Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods. The proceedings go awry, thanks to an unconventional case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have the recipe for a rollicking country romp.

Told in "story theatre" fashion with nine principal actors on a unit set, The Robber Bridegroom is extremely flexible in its staging and production possibilities. The hysterical book by Alfred Uhry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy, gives each actor his or her moment to shine. Composer Robert Waldman has created a score to be played by a small onstage band. It’s one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical, giving this unusual tale of the Natchez Trace a distinctive sound all its own.

Purchase Tickets


JUNIE B. JONES in JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS

(a co-production with The WordPlayers)

Dec.... 13, Friday  7:30 p.m.
Dec.... 14, Saturday,  2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

“The world’s funniest 1st grader onstage for Xmas!”

  • Adults: $12
  • SR/ST: $10
  • Youth (12-17): $8
  • Child (under 12): $5

Special School Performances Dec.... 16th & 17th
Call WordPlayers for details at (865) 539-2490.

In Junie B. Jones' world, things are very clear - Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going so well, until Junie B. pulls May as her Secret Santa! With Santa watching her like a hawk, what will Junie B. do? Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! is an adaptation based on the best-selling Junie B. Jones books.

Purchase Tickets


FREEDOM CIRCUS

Feb. 21, 22 (Friday and Saturday) at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 (Sunday) at 2 p.m.

“The return of Pellissippi’s most creative crew of performers!”

Expect the funny, weird, shocking, and poignant; all at one sitting!
All original short plays written, directed, and starring students from Pellissippi’s Theatre program.

Admission is Free

(Donations gratefully accepted for our scholarship fund.)


UNNECESSARY FARCE

April 4, 5, 11, 12  (Fridays and Saturdays) at 7:30 p.m.
April 6, 13 (Sundays) at 2 p.m.

“America’s funniest modern farce!”

The setting is two adjoining rooms in an economy motel.  It is early morning.  Two inexperienced police officers, Eric Sheridan and Billie Dwyer, have been sent to videotape a meeting between the local Mayor and the town’s accountant, with the aim of uncovering an embezzlement scheme.  But the day is not starting off well. 

Billie has been spotted by the Mayor in the motel lobby.  And Eric and the accountant, Karen Brown, have just spent the night together, a fact they’re trying to keep secret.  But when they start going at it again in Karen’s room, just as Billie – in the other room – accidentally begins videotaping them, things begin to unravel. 

Billie attempts to erase the tape, but, flummoxed by the remote control, she only manages to start it playing again just as the Mayor walks in – thereby establishing His Honor’s uncanny knack for entering the room the moment anything sexually suggestive is happening. 

The Mayor is accompanied by Agent Frank – the head of Town Hall security – an impressively nervous man who warns the officers that anyone who dares to try to find the missing money will incur the wrath of a local mafia called the Scottish Clan.  Agent Frank speaks with particular fear of a man named Todd – “the Highland hit man” – a formidable villain, who always dons a kilt and plays the bagpipes before making a kill. 

When Billie, momentarily alone, discovers a plaid duffel bag in the room – with a kilt inside – this straightforward investigation suddenly turns dangerous.  Too frightened to answer Todd’s questions, Billie makes the Scotsman angry.  And as he gets angrier, his accent gets thicker, until it’s impossible to understand a word he’s saying. 

Meanwhile, the Mayor’s wife has arrived.  Is she merely concerned for her husband, or could she somehow be involved in the criminal plot? 

Will the embezzled money be recovered?  Can Billie be saved before Todd plays the bagpipes?  Will Eric and Karen get to have sex?  And can the cops manage to capture the crooks without resorting to… Unnecessary Farce?

Purchase Tickets