Encore Theatre and Keeton Theatres produce summer shows

Encore Theatre is presenting Cinderella Wore Combat Boots and a sneak peek of their summer special Red, White and Tuna as a part of the first ever Free Summer Series of Music, Theatre and Arts in Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. on Saturday, July 6. This is a free community event and open to the public.

Cinderella Wore Combat Boots is an ingenious and very funny version of the classic Cinderella story, in which today’s language and attitudes lend an off beat, special quality to the events so well known to all. It’s the familiar tale of Cinderella, with all the basic elements in place—but told here with a considerable and highly imaginative difference.

Cinderella, and the other characters, think and speak in modern terms, replacing the innocent mood of the original with the very hip and knowing attitudes of today’s young people. The stepsisters are more boy-crazy than ugly; their mother more silly than cruel; and the prince is so bashful and tongue-tied that he hides whenever a girl comes into view. And Cinderella does wear combat boots to the ball—which is delightfully consistent with the wacky, tongue-in-cheek, and continually diverting style of this thoroughly charming short play.

Then there’s Encore Theatre’s ‘sneak peak’ at A Tuna Christmas. Last Christmas, Encore produced A Tuna Christmas starring professional actors Bowd Beal and Hugh Britt doing all the parts representing 24 residents of the small town of Tuna, Texas. For the festivities on July 6 at the Charlie Daniels Park, instead of celebrating Christmas, the citizens of Tuna (played by Beal and Britt) are unfurling their flags and breaking out their fireworks to light up the skies to commemorate the Fourth of July. It also seems like a great time to hold the Tuna High School Reunion.

Encore’s full production of Red, White and Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard plays at the theatre’s location from July 12-21. I’ve worked with actors Beal and Britt before on other projects, and I can personally testify that they are two of the finest comic masters on anyone’s stage. I guarantee that they’ll ignite the stage with 24 firecracker characters from Tuna, Texas.

There’s a lot of gossip that needs to be put right in Tuna, Texas. Is the romance between Bertha and Arles sparkling? Will the Smut Snatchers take on the political correctness of the hymns being sung over at the First Methodist Church? And just wait until you see who wins this year’s ‘Tuna Reunion Queen Contest.’

For reservations, call 615-598-8950. Encore Theatre is located at 6978 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet Tenn. approximately 20 minutes from downtown Nashville towards Lebanon, Tenn.

Keeton Theatre announces 2013-14 slate of plays

The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson at the FiftyForward Senior Center has announced its 2013-14 season of shows. The Senior Center is located at 108 Donelson Pk., Nashville. The new 2013-14 schedule follows:

The King and I – August 1-17

Little Women, October 10-26

White Christmas, December 5-22

Sophisticated Ladies, February 3-22, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, March 27-April 12, 2014

Oklahoma!, May 15-31, 2014

Some Enchanted Evening, June 12-28, 2014

Season tickets are now on sale at the Keeton Theatre for just $150, which includes all seven shows with dinner. Single dinner-and-a-show tickets are $28; show-only tickets are $23; and Thursday show-only tickets are $15. Pricing for White Christmas is $30 for dinner and show. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Each performance is preceded by a three-course meal served at 6 pm for evening shows and 1 pm for matinees. Call 883-8375 to order your season tickets or order them online at www.thelarrykeetontheatre.org

Productions at the Larry Keeton Theatre are presented by Wilson Bank and Trust and the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Arts Commission. McKendree Village in Hermitage, TN is also now a sponsor of the 2013-14 season.