Nashville On Stage: Encore opens with Mayberry, Maybe

Cast of Mayberry Maybe, playing at the Encore Theatre.

Cast of Mayberry Maybe, playing at the Encore Theatre.

Independent theatrical company StageStruck Productions will produce the first show of Encore Theatre’s 2014 season, Mayberry, Maybe, a whacky farce about a little town preparing for the ‘end of days’ after they read about the Mayan calendar predictions. They outrageously funny comedy was written and directed by Misty Embry. StageStruck Productions has been producing original shows in the middle Tennessee area for several years. Mayberry, Maybe received rave reviews at its premiere in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.

All is safe and quiet in Mayberry, under the watchful eye of the sheriff (played by Randy Laine) and his right-hand deputy (Marc Sloan). Barring the occasional tiff between the ladies auxiliary and the senior citizens, nothing catastrophic ever endangers the town. However, when the sheriff leaves on an overnight trip, a string of bad luck alarms the deputy and the town’s quirky citizens. News of the Mayan calendar predicting the apocalypse ending the world in 2012 send the deputy and the citizens over the edge. Join this gang of misfits as they band together to reverse the town’s bad luck and prepare for the end of times. It’s Mayberry meets ‘Doomsday Preppers’—with a unique StageStruck twist.

The shows runs Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 12, at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), and $10 for children (up to 12.) VIP tickets, which guarantee front row seats, may be purchased for an additional $2 per ticket based on availability. Tickets are available at http://shop.encore-theatre-company.org or may be purchased at the door. There is a $1 processing fee for each ticket purchased with Visa or Master Card at the door; fee is added to total ticket price.

Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music will be Encore’s next production, running weekends from February 7-February 22. Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music was written by Lee Blessing, and will be directed by Kurt Grabenstein.

In this delightful farce, Eve Wilfong lives over the ‘Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music Bar.’ She’s paid a visit by her niece, Catherine Empanger, a novice nun who’s been asked to leave her convent. It seems Catherine suffers from a curious compulsion to yell obscenities at the wrong moment—and even on occasion, bark like a dog. Roy, an honest if simple fellow from the bar downstairs, wants to court Catherine whether she’s a nun or not. Eve feels she should give her niece the benefit of her experiences with men before allowing her to venture back into the mad modern country world. What follows is not simply comic and well-observed, but romantic and affecting as well.

Encore Theatre Company is located at 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

Call 615-598-8950 or visit www.encore-theatre-company.org for more information.