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“Thank You,” and “Congratulations,” from Uplands Village

After living on the Cumberland Plateau for just one year, we realized the best live entertainment in East Tennessee was at the Cumberland County Playhouse. The best way not to miss a fabulous show was to buy season tickets and enjoy all the perks that go with them.


Then, in 2012, we discovered the gracious giving of the Resident Acting Company and Performance Interns in Chris Rayis’ wonderful Signature Concert Series, “ History of the Musical Theatre,” at the Art Circle Public Library on Mondays at 11:00 AM. We really got to know these talented performers up close and personal.


We appreciate that cast members give their time to visiting and performing upcoming production scenes at Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, where we live. We are just so fortunate to have The Playhouse just seven miles from our home!  Congratulations on your 50th anniversary.     



 Don & Jean Nelson

© 2015 Don and Jean Nelson

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In the Beginning: An interview with Bette Evans Halverstadt recorded and edited by Jane Heald — July 2, 2015

(Bette Evans Halverstadt was on the Board of Directors.)

Can you remember when the Playhouse was first started?

Well, in the beginning, I knew Mary Crabtree’s mother (Eula Ducey) from church, and she told me that they were coming to town. Eula wanted me to meet Mary. Mary was from near Pittsburgh, and I was from near Pittsburgh. Mary had a bunch of kids and I had a bunch of kids. I had six, and she had more than that, maybe.

The Crabtrees were wonderful, coming into a little town and being thrown into it right away. They had Children’s Theatre. That was one of the first things. Big show. It was everything: singing, dancing. I think they did it in one of the schools to begin with. And their kids were great–smart kids. Mary’s children already had some experience on the stage before they came here … up in New England I think. Paul was the director.

A committee got started. I can’t tell you exactly how. We had to raise money for the Playhouse. A lot of people worked on that. It was an exciting time, I’ll tell you. It was all new. Everybody got interested … the parents, my kids saved their allowances to get a share of stock. And it wasn’t just my family. A lot of kids did this.

Everybody was so excited.

Everybody in town, almost, bought shares. I was treasurer. For some reason I got to take up the pledges (that’s a long time ago for me). It was the Crabtrees coming to town. The building was built from the money … from the pledges.

I was involved in nearly all the details, the rehearsals. Everybody had to make costumes (they didn’t have anything like that) … all kinds: angels, and pirates. They had committees to help Mary and Paul.

What kind of things did Mary do?

She did everything. They didn’t even know the people that well. They got to knowing people by their interactions … had to learn the kids and their skills; what they might be able to do; who would be good at singing. She helped train kids for the parts. She helped with a little of everything.

My name was Evans. Jack Evans was my husband. He was in the plays, too. He played a good part. He did theater before I did, up in Philadelphia. He was friends with Paul and Mary. They stayed at our house and everything.

Nobody had experience. It was new to everybody. It was fun for the kids.

I was in Kiss and Tell. I told, and I kissed. I can remember … I was one of the main characters … that kissed, I think …

What did Jack Evans think of that?

He was all for it.

Do you have a collection of early programs?

I do but I don’t want to lose them. I think I have all the ones that I was in. I have all the ones my son was in. He grew up with it. In fact, my son Bruce ended up being an actor in Washington, DC. And he started right here. Great for kids to have that opportunity.

That’s the good thing about the Crabtrees. Mary and Paul were wonderful. They were a wonderful family.

It’s all true.

© Jane Heald
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“Smokin’” at a Young Age

I began “Smokin’” at the young age of 16. It was the best decision of my life. I gained an amazing amount of experience and a footing of expertise that I would continue using in my life as a musician, performer, and human being. And don’t even get me started on the health benefits…

I made my first CCP stage appearance in 1993 during the Jet Theatrix production of A Brand New Beat. I was smitten with the stage–instantly bitten by the bug. From there, I gave ensemble work for professional productions a good shake—Oklahoma! and Grapes of Wrath. I loved it! I couldn’t imagine my time on stage getting any better. I was convinced that I had peaked and I was thankful enough!

Then in early 1994, just weeks before I turned 17, I was given a golden opportunity to join a cast of a not-so-well-known musical. Jim Crabtree knew I could sing, sure, but could I play an instrument?

I winced at the question, “Piano?”

He called me in to meet the guest director, Terry Sneed, and to audition. I had never formally auditioned before, so I was clueless about what I needed to do to prepare for such a request! I can’t remember what I sang for Terry and Jim, but I remember Terry’s sweet smile as I sang. And I remember the piece of music I chose to play on the piano for my audition. I had been working on it for about a week–Ricky Nelson’s “Traveling Man.” (Go ahead. Laugh.) I was even asked to sing along mid-song. I must’ve done something right—or they were desperate—because I was offered the role on the spot. At the time, I would alternate the role with another girl so that we wouldn’t miss much school. They handed me the script and gave me a date for when I would begin rehearsals.

I was on cloud nine! I was fantasizing about the role I would play and the beautifully arranged songs I would sing in this new show—a show with dancing, a leading lady, a leading man, supporting roles, and a huge ensemble cast! Then, when I got home I opened the script …

Devastated! Instead of a cast of 30, there were only six. There were no leads; we were an ensemble cast. I would not at all sing the swelling music similar to Rodgers and Hammerstein or Andrew Lloyd Webber. I was going to be singing the same music I sang in church on Sundays!

… but there was “dancing” and a certain little word that had the possibility to cause much controversy.

Still, I was grateful for the opportunity. How could I not be? Being on stage was everything I had ever dreamed of doing! Plus, while other kids my age were working part-time bagging groceries, running registers, or flipping burgers, someone (Jim Crabtree) felt that I was good enough to “play pretend” and sing as a part-time job without any real prior experience. He thought that I would somewhat add value to a cleverly crafted show among a small group of talented professionals. Never did I imagine that 21 years later Smoke on the Mountain would be one of the most loved and memorable shows to ever grace the CCP stage. It has become so much more than a show. It carries so much reverence in our community and to other CCP patrons. CCP guided me to not only hone my craft but to be exposed to diversity in art and life. In truth, the cast and stage managers I worked with until 1998 molded me, raised me. Nothing in the world can take away the experience and knowledge I gained in the time when I portrayed Denise Sanders. Here are a few memories and lessons I gained:

1. I learned what real teamwork looked like and how to execute it. It’s not a shallow chore of mechanically working together as one. It’s a deeper, more intimate move of knowing who each cast member is, who they’re bringing to life, and how they’re accomplishing that. It’s gelling together.

2. To be in a long-running show, to keep your performance consistent, is exceptional. To keep that consistency fresh is divine. (I was neither.)

3. My skin thickened with constructive criticism and useful stage notes—something that needed to happen if I planned to be an artist of some magnitude for the rest of my life.

4. I had a few hard lessons about checking my ego and mood at the door. Nobody likes working with a jerk.

5. A straight face during a semi-serious scene can often be tested by a cast member. I have yet to achieve this skill.

6. Coloring your hair is all fun and games until you’re locked in to one particular color and all because of who your current twin is. I make for a horrible dark brunette.

7. Nothing is scarier than a deer-in-the-headlights moment during a monologue you’ve done over a hundred times—a monologue you thought for sure you could do in your sleep.

8. Sinful hair is not so easily achieved. It too, requires a good hair day, time, patience, and a crap-ton of Aqua Net.

9. The saying is true: You’re only as good as the people you play with. I laid down the foundations of becoming a real musician and songwriter during those years, thanks to musicians like Rhondda Wallace and Bobby Taylor who challenged me. I was later able to add guitar, mandolin, and bass to my catalog of regularly played instruments, and I eventually received my degree in music.

10. Twins, Reverends, Burls, Stanleys, Veras, June … they all come and go. Each brings a new gift to the table when they become part of the Sanders family. Each takes a significant part of the show with them when they leave.
11. Tracy Schwab was right. Singing “Rocky Top” after the show in the lobby while in costume is obnoxious and I’m sorry. (I’m not even a UT fan.)

12. Voice lessons are important no matter how naturally gifted you are as a vocalist. And over-singing doesn’t necessarily mean better. I was faced with some serious health risks to my throat because I wasn’t being responsible with my gift. Thanks to the cast at that time, I was lead to fantastic voice instructor and was able to avoid any surgery!

And last, but certainly not least …

13. Honesty. It’s not about the laughs. It’s about the heart. Always about the heart.
As a young adult, I went on and did several big stage shows and tours through other companies as well as CCP, but none compared to the time I had with CCP’s Smoke on the Mountain. My sixteen-year-old self stood corrected, finding that Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) was never as fun as Denise Sanders. “On My Own” could never carry the same significance as “I’ll Never Die (I’ll Just Change My Address).” Not for me, anyway. And dancing? Well, with two left feet, I left my dancing to “I’ll Live a Million Years” and I never looked back.

Smoke on the Mountain has taken on a life of its own now, for sure—for audiences and cast members alike–and to say that I’m thankful for being a part of that Smoke legacy at CCP is, by far, an understatement.

© 2015 Melissa Ellis-Clyde
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I Am Rarely Considered a Straight Man

Brenda Sparks’ memory evokes the image of Jim Crabtree’s formidable mother, the late Mary Crabtree, about whom the stories are plentiful thanks to her long history of performances and productions at CCP:

“There are so many [memories]! How to choose? The most memorable thing ever said to me was by Mary Crabtree herself. For my CCP debut, I was hired to direct a production of Over The River and Through The Woods.

Mary Crabtree had already been cast as one of the grandmothers. When I arrived in Crossville, I was warned by some well-meaning Playhouse regulars that Mary had not been directed by anyone other than her late husband Paul or one of their children in years. She was a quirky, yet intimidating, character. I had such immense respect for her career and what she had built on the plateau, but I knew I had to direct the show, and that meant every member in the cast.

We definitely locked horns in the beginning. It wasn’t a contentious relationship, but there was definite friction there as she tested my mettle. I’m not sure when or why the tides turned in my favor. But before moving into the theatre for tech. rehearsals and after an individual character meeting with her, she pointed at me and said, ‘Not since the late Bud Abbott has there been such a great comedic mind.’ I believe she worked with Mr. Abbott. I took it as a compliment.

Over the years, it has struck me odd that she didn’t say Lou Costello. I am rarely considered a straight man. Regardless, it was one of the most memorable things anyone has ever said to me in the theatre. From that day forward, we got along famously. I directed her again in the same show, and it was like butter. Maybe because I knew she trusted me, maybe because she knew I trusted her. Either way, she was a remarkable woman and I consider myself lucky to have received such high praise from her.”

© Brenda Sparks and Jeffrey Ellis
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This post first appeared in a January 27th, 2015 Broadway World article by Jeffrey Ellis entitled “THE GOLDEN PLATEAU: Celebrating Cumberland County Playhouse’s 50th Year.”

Missing Lines to a Camp Ozone Song

I grew up near Detroit, Michigan. As a teen, I visited Camp Ozone in Cumberland County with a work group from Royal Oak First Presbyterian Church. I don’t remember the year, but it was during the mid-60s. At the camp, we were assigned various maintenance tasks to do during the week we were there. The highlight of the trip was attending a performance of “Tennessee USA” at the Playhouse. I remember seeing Kwame Braun (son of Dr. Braun) perform in it. A few years later, I returned to Camp Ozone as a counselor. Once again, we went to the Playhouse, which was a welcome respite from our week of hard work.

In 1979, I moved to Sparta, TN, with my husband and children. We visited the Playhouse often over the years and saw many wonderful plays, musicals, and concerts.

I wonder if someone could help me with an unusual request. I’m trying to remember all the words to Camp Ozone’s theme song. It was sung to the tune of “Ashgrove” and started out like this:

Camp Ozone, Camp Ozone,
Her bright sparkling waters,
Trees reaching to Heaven,
Bright sunlight and shade.

____ ____ ____ ____
____ ____ ____ ____
And birds sweetly singing
In each forest glade.

On Cumberland Mountain
Where morning comes early,
I long there to wander
In wildwoods so free.

There’s peace and contentment,
And always a welcome.
Camp Ozone, Camp Ozone,
Is joy to me.

Can anyone help me fill in the blanks, or direct me to someone who can?

Pamela Sanders
Sparta, TN
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Making Friends, Gaining Confidence, and Learning Responsibility

When she was young, my daughter Krystal Collins always wanted to try acting. When we moved to Crossville, TN we found the opportunity to enroll her in a summer program at the Playhouse.

With no prior experience, she was fortunate enough to learn the art of acting from Jim & Annie Crabtree! She was cast in two leading roles in “The perils of Pinocchio,” and loved every minute of it! That experience helped her gain confidence in herself, learn responsibility (which has helped her in many areas of her life), and make friendships that will last a lifetime. She went on to be in three more productions at the Playhouse, including her favorite “The Music Man.”

I had the honor of being able to serve as a backstage helper during “The Music Man.” I learned so much about theater and also created friendships that will last a lifetime! Krystal is a now in 11th Grade at Cumberland Co. High School. She is a straight A student and has just been voted President of (Beta) National Honor Society! We feel so grateful to have been a part of the Playhouse family and will always love and support the Cumberland County Playhouse and all the wonderful work that they do!

Judy Collins & Krystal Collins
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CCP Goes to Dayton

Jim and the CCP Family,

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since the Playhouse and Scopes Festival joined forces to produce “Front Page News” in Dayton.

The new music, plus the talented direction, cast members, and stage crew from the Playhouse, combined with the compelling story of the Scopes Trial produced the quality performance for which we have been aiming for many years.

Getting to know some of the Playhouse regulars has been a behind-the-scenes treat for us on this side of the mountain. With the love they have for theatre – and for the Playhouse specifically – it’s no wonder that Cumberland County Playhouse is one of the premiere theatres in Tennessee and the Southeast.

I’m excited about this year’s show and helping bring top-quality programming to Dayton once again.

Best wishes,
Tom Davis
Scopes Festival Chairman

© 2015 Tom Davis
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13 Year Old Harvey Johnson Addressing the Court

In my senior year of high school, I had the pleasure of playing Danny Zuko in the “Jet Theatrix” production of Grease…some of the most fun I’ve ever had working hard.  But when I think about the importance of CCP in my life, a production Bye Bye Birdie several years prior comes to mind first.

I was probably 13 at the time, when I managed to finagle my way into that cast.  Kirk Shanks had the role of Harvey Johnson and was great.  He always got laughs with a perfectly placed crack in his voice when asking Mrs. Hinkle if he could speak to Debra Sue.  I was several years younger than Kirk, but tall for my age and probably had a natural “crack” in my voice (although not has comical as Kirk’s) I became alternate Harvey.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget how nervous I was the only time I remember that Kirk couldn’t be there, and I certainly thought my performance that night suffered from it.  But despite my personal disappointment, I remember only encouragement from everyone involved in that production.

The Playhouse helped me grow up, contributing to the skills and confidence I would need in my continued pursuit of work in the arts as well as business.  The term “Play” is such a misnomer…with each production being the product of so many long days and late nights of tweaking and perfecting.

Now a 44 year old lawyer, when I’m preparing a case for trial, I stay up late, perfecting my words…dress rehearsal.  When I approach the podium to address the court or jury, I’m still that 13 year-old Harvey Johnson.  But because of all the work that’s gone into my “production” the nervousness is now the good kind…the kind that keeps you sharper than you would be without it.

The Crabtrees, along with the many other uber-talented folks who have graced those stages and backstages over the years, have nurtured many a Harvey Johnson…and we are grateful.

Earl Patton
Attorney at Law

© 2015 Earl Patton
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Opening Night of “Inherit the Wind”

Dear Mr. Crabtree:

My wife and I just returned home from seeing the opening night performance of Inherit the Wind.  Without hesitation we can say that it ranks as one of the best performances we have ever seen at the Playhouse and we have seen plenty. Be assured that we will be recommending this to all of our friends.

To the cast and crew our sincerest congratulations!  We are so blessed for a town the size of Crossville to have such a wonderful world class theatrical venue.  The professionalism of everyone involved ranks with the best we have seen in NYC, Washington, and the West End of London.

We are proud to support and volunteer at the Playhouse and can’t wait to see the new productions as they unfold.

“ITW”, excellent, just excellent!


Sue and Tim Tewalt
October 10, 2014

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A Letter from Mary Jane Lifsey

Dear Jim:

re: Damn Yankees

Well! You and the Playhouse have done it again! My Jim and I saw that amusing play yesterday (Tuesday). Wow! Wow! Wow! Britt is an outstanding director. Not only is Blake an entertaining actor, his voice is exceptional. His and Weslie’s voices blended like P.B. & J.!

Leila was so very believable as Lola. Jason and Carol did not fail to deliver either. The lady sitting next to me said she had seen this play years ago with Jerry Lewis as Mr. Applegate, but this was so much better!

The music, high level of energy with the ball players, and Bill’s believable role playing, as well as the main curtain painting—all contributed to a delightful afternoon. Thank all of you so much. (And you were not bad yourself, Jim!)

After enjoying the Playhouse for over twenty-five years, this is only the second letter of appreciation and praise I have written you. Thank you for attracting such talented performers. An added benefit is to watch these young men and women—like Daniel Black—develop into real professionals. So keep on bringing the Best of the Best to perhaps the best audience. And let’s see some more of you, too!


Mary Jane Lifsey

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A Letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

How proud and excited I am to be able to write to you and report the continuing success of our “It’s A Rockin’ Auction—Online” and to thank you so much for investing in our efforts to use the power of the internet to raise vital funds for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House. Your support and the donation of over 500 items were the keys to us being able to put $47,793 (after expenses) in the “Share A Night” Fund which allows every family who needs our service to put the worry of paying aside and focus only on their sick child. This will support 26 families each night for 34 nights.

As you know, we again launched a full-scale advertising campaign for the auction with all forms of media including TV, radio, newspaper, billboards, magazines and even the CARTA buses! With the popularity of social media, we also expanded our advertising with posts on Facebook, and tweets on Twitter! We hope that each marketing impression gives you some results!

The auction online has proven to be an excellent way to not only promote our mission but to reach out to new friends, and I hope that you’ll consider continuing your support and donation in 2013. I can only look at the faces of each of the 26 families who reside daily in our House and tell you on their behalf how much it means to them to have a safe, comfortable home away from home at the most trying time of their life. Thank you again for making the auction such a success!

Best wishes,

Jane L. Kaylor

© 2015 Jane L. Kaylor
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A Letter from Komen Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you again so very much for your generosity and continued support of the Upper Cumberland Komen affiliate and its mission to end breast cancer forever. The donation of passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse helped the tournament committee double our proceeds from last year’s inaugural event and assist more women in this area.

We were blessed with beautiful weather and enthusiastic teams Aug. 17, all of whom left well fed and happy to have been a part of a event that supports the women of this region in gaining access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings. The Upper Cumberland Susan G. Komen affiliates uses 75 percent of all money raised to support grant programs for women in the Upper Cumberland. Currently, Komen Upper Cumberland supports free mammogram grants at Cumberland Medical Center, as well as breast health education and survivorship programs across the 14-county region. In fact, since its inception in 2006, the Upper Cumberland affiliate has granted more than $644,000 to area hospitals, nonprofit organizations and the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Network.

The remaining 25 percent of funds raised supports ground-breaking breast cancer research. Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer, with more early detection, more effective treatments, more hope, more research and more survivors. About 70 percent of women age 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early. And that’s the goal—find and diagnose breast cancer early when treatment can be more effective. Today, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 98 percent and there are about 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Your support makes a difference in this community, across the region and across the country. Thank you, again!


Heather Mullinix

© 2015 Heather Mullinix
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A Letter from Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your recent donation of two tickets of any show for the third annual Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland Hope for the Life Golf Tournament held on April 6. Your contribution to our nonprofit organization enabled us to raise funds to continue giving hope to those that struggle with addiction. Your donation helped to make an enjoyable day of golfing for the twenty-five teams that participated.

Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland provides faith based addiction recovery services through its women’s residential crisis center and placement of men, women, and adolescents into long-term Teen Challenge centers. Since opening in October 2009, we have placed 288 individuals into one of the most successful long-term programs in the nation. We sincerely appreciate all donations your organization was able to give and we look forward to partnering with you again for the 2014 Hope for Life golf tournament next year!

Thank you again for your generosity.


Tim McLauchlin
April 8, 2013

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A Letter from Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWGA Mtns.

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your generous donation of the Tickets for Two for our 5th Annual Father Daughter Ball. Your donation was used as a part of the raffle/auction during the event. The event is held to raise dollars to further fund our mission.

Our vision is to provide a mentor for children facing adversity. We provide our Littles with healthy relationships through volunteer mentors, we professionally supervise these matches, and offer additional education and support services in our area. In 2012, over 800 children received one-to-one mentoring services through our community and site based programs.

Through donations like yours, our organization can continue to raise the needed funds to serve the children of our community. Thank you for your support.

Staci Halyak

© 2015 Staci Halyak
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A Letter from the Roane State Foundation

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of Roane State Community College Support Staff Council, I would like to thank you for your company’s donation of four tickets for the Playhouse for our annual silent auction. The silent auction is our largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund the Gayle Mullins Memorial Book Scholarship for students and for an annual staff development day for Roane State Support Staff.

We could not provide these benefits to our students and staff without the support of our local businesses and friends in the community. Again, thank you for your generosity.


Jeana Bradley

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A Letter from Fairfield Glade Lions Club

Dear Jim:

On behalf of the Fairfield Glade Lions Club, I want to thank you for the “Six Sets of Two Tickets to Any Theatrical Show” that the Playhouse gave the club for its Fifth Annual Reverse Raffle. Lion Weslie Webster worked with me and Tracey Barnes and was able to obtain these tickets. The tickets were awarded when the 30th, 150th, 240th, 405th, 465th, and 490th ticket stubs were drawn during the raffle on August 7.

The club sold all 500 of the $50 raffle tickets we had. Our net proceeds from the raffle should be in the neighborhood of $12,000. We will use this money to further support our White Cane Programs, provide scholarships for local needy students furthering their education, and provide money for an indigent person in Cumberland County to have cataract surgery.

In closing, a big thank you to the Playhouse for supporting our raffle and we hope to have its participation again in 2015.


Roy Koskinen
August 18, 2014

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A Few Comments from Harry Bryce

This vivid memory is very close to my heart because it changed my life as an artist and humanitarian. Twenty years ago I thought my path was set. I had my own theatre company (Memphis Black Repertory Theatre) and was dutifully telling the stories of the African-American experience through theatre. Along came a man named Jim Crabtree who protested “your stories need to be shared in places where hope and acceptance of other cultures is fleeting.” He extended the invitation to come to CCP in Crossville, to direct the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Given the History of Cumberland County and Crossville’s connection to the KKK and a reputation as a SunDown County (which meant not safe for people of color after dark), my friends asked, “have you lost your mind?” Ignoring the unfaithful, I packed my bags and the rest is a glorious history. Jim Crabtree and his family have always been visionaries. Today CCP, Crossville and Cumberland County is a preferred destination for those visiting Tennessee seeking diverse cultural authenticity and artistic theatrical brilliance.

This writing first appeared in a February 2015 Broadway World article written by Jeffrey Ellis.

© 2015 Jeffrey Ellis/Harry Bryce
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A Letter from the Tennessee School for the Deaf and Educational Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Counselor Association (PTCA) at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, we would like to thank you for your generous donation for this year’s Silent Auction at our annual fund-raising breakfast. All monies raised through this project directly benefit our students. While we are a state-supported residential school, our funding does not cover all of our needs. Because of your support, the PTCA is able to provide funding for after school activities, classroom enrichment, and cottage curriculum activities.

Again, thank you for your donation!


Susie Helmboldt-Jones and Daniel Dooley
TSD Knoxville
October 25, 2013

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A Letter from the Avalon Center

Dear Bryce, Nicole, and all of our friends at the Cumberland County Playhouse:

Words cannot express the gratitude and gratefulness we feel with all of the toys you collected this year for the children we serve at the Avalon Center! We have several Moms who we served and just recently moved from shelter into new violence-free homes that will be able to provide Christmas for their children as well as the Moms and children still with us. It looks like Santa Clause has landed at our office and cannot wait for the Moms to come and pick out toys for their children! We will also be leaving toys under the tree from Santa on Christmas Eve at the shelter.

Domestic Violence takes a terrible toll on the victim but the children who have to live in fear or the mom, their brothers and sisters, as well as themselves, may not realize the toll it takes on them until they are grown! It takes a community who cares that will “Break the Cycle of Violence.” Thank you for being a part of that community! The Avalon Center provides life saving services to these victims each and every day—with a 24 hour crisis hotline, 24 hour emergency shelter, crisis intervention counseling, court and hospital accompaniment, support groups, professional counseling, and a Children’s Program. All of the services are free and confidential to all victims! We couldn’t do this without the great support from friends such as you!

This year because of your generosity and compassion, the Avalon Center will be able to make Christmas a little brighter for all of these children. They will know that the world is full of angels and elves that care about them and wish them happiness every day of the year.


With a full heart,

Carmen Wyatt
December 22, 2014

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A Letter from Brenthaven Church

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your response for an item to place in our church’s Silent Auction.

Our auction, which was just held March 25th, benefits our Youth Mission Trip this summer to Joplin, Missouri. Our youth and youth leaders will be aiding the victims of the recent tornados in that area. Your gift of two passes was so generous and it will help to make this trip possible.

We are thankful to be living in an area where business and organizations, such as yours, are willing to give to help our young people help others. We wish you continued success and appreciate your generosity and kindness.

Very truly yours,

Rev. Kip J. Rush
Brentwood, TN

© 2015 Rev. Kip J. Rush
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My Hillside Adventure

In 1998 I received an e-mail inviting me to a place I couldn’t have imagined without seeing it for myself. So I packed up the ol’ station wagon and off I went. It was a fall day and I ascended up into the Cumberlands, climbing a beautiful mountain to a plateau of green and gold (with the changing of the leaves) till I saw a big water tower marked Crossville. I finally found this beautiful red barn in the middle of the woods. I did two shows that season, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Children of Eden. I met some of the most wonderful people whom to this day are still my friends and family. Memories of Miss Mary coming up from the lake house: her kind words and the sharing of her insights. Watching her on stage was like watching theatre royalty–doing it how it should be done. It was magic!

Now, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t always fun and flowers. It was tough. I call it “Theatre Bootcamp!” In one day you can have a 9:30 show, go to rehearsal and lunch, then perform a totally different show at 2:30, then more rehearsal and dinner and a 7:30 performance of one of the earlier shows. It made me dig deep and get tough fast. But you all did it together, like a family. During the finale of the last performance of Children of Eden, as I fought back the tears, I looked around the stage and there was my new family, all sixty-five hearts, as one, in tears. One month later I came back to teach theatre classes in the TN prison system.

In 2005, the “Gentle Giant,” Jim Crabtree, gave the call of the wild for me to repeat my role in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Big River (where I broke my leg), Into the Woods, and four more shows. In a January snow storm, up the mountain I went. I arrived in the middle of a Big River rehearsal, and that big, rich voice (the Gentle Giant) announced, “The Prodigal Son Returns!” Rehearsal stopped and hugs and introductions ensued. Just like a family reunion! I felt like a king returning to his kingdom! We did seven shows in eight months.

In one word … CCP is Family!

Tony D. Owens Jr.

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A Poem from Miss Mary’s House

The fog is winter frost’s way of staying around
… Sneakily.

Almost as cold,
covering everything it touches
with tiny pinpoints of awaking on skin.

Bundled under coverlet,
under vestibule,
with cream and sugar Joe
steaming up to meet his colder cousin.

I wait for Anthony and Cleopatra,
my Bald Eagles,
to return and fish off the big tree by the water
as I ponder a sunless day-off
with un-squinting eyes.

Could there be a more peaceful place
this side of heaven
than Miss Mary’s house?

Laura Happel

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A Letter from Bobbi Avery

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

A little birdie just old me who nominated me for the Mary’s Gang Award. I was very surprised to be invited to the luncheon and double surprised when you presented me with the award. Thank you, Sam, for nominating me for such a special award. It was an honor to receive it.

I fell in love with the Cumberland County Playhouse from the first time I took Dasa’n to see Cats when he was 6 year old. As the years went by and we went to other plays, I was thrilled when he took an interest in taking classes and trying out for a play. I will never forget when he called me to tell me he got a part in the ensemble for Oklahoma. I was on route to Florida for my 50th high school reunion in 2011 and can remember the exact moment I got the call. I could hardly wait to get back home to take him to rehearsals. When I saw him on stage opening night my heart just burst with pride, as it does to this day.

I not only thank you for the award, but also for your part in making Dasa’n feel welcome at CCP. All of Dasa’n’s family is very happy he is part of the CCP family. There is no better place to be. I cannot get over the amount of amazing talent at CCP and all the extraordinary people who make everything happen so beautifully, on stage and off. So, I’m glad to bring him to classes, rehearsals and the plays. Helping out with the rehearsal dinners is just a small part I can give for the large part you all do.


Bobbi Avery
March 6, 2013

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A Letter from Metro Lynchburg / Moore County Chamber of Commerce

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your help and support of Lynchburg’s “Frontier Day 2013” Chamber of Commerce fund raising live auction. We have had the best year ever and it is entirely due to you and your generosity to the auction.

Your donations helped us support ten scholarships this year, as well as continuing assistance to other non-profits in the Lynchburg/Moore County area.

We couldn’t do it without you and we greatly appreciate your help.


Candy Richard

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A Letter from The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of East Tennessee

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee I would like to thank you for supporting the Waltz for Wishes Gala held April 28, 2012. Through your help, the gala will net over $155,000! This amount will help to ensure that we are able to fulfill the wishes of our extraordinary wish children in the year ahead.

Through your help, we provide suffering children and their families with a much-needed respite that is filled with hope, strength, and joy. We have discovered that a child’s wish often uplifts their spirit giving them the inspiration to enjoy a bright and promising future.

Please know that we are so appreciative of your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is because of your commitment to these children that we are able to bring moments of wonder, magic, and laughter to so many families in need. The impact of a wish on the entire family seems to take precedence over the condition, from conception to well after fulfillment. They are able to forget about the illness that has dominated their lives and focus on the joy that comes from a granted wish. A wish is a wonderful experience for a child with a life-threatening illness and their family, but it also enriches the lives of those who help make this dream come true.

Together, we can aspire to achieve our ultimate vision – to provide empowering, spirit-lifted experiences for every eligible child in East Tennessee.

Best Wishes,

Bob Lewis
June 08, 2013
Chattanooga, TN

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A Letter from Cumberland Cove

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Cove Property Owners Association, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind donation of Playhouse tickets which were given away at our July 4th celebration.

The quality of entertainment you provide to Crossville and all the surrounding area is outstanding. In addition to those Cove residents like Ken and Julie Hobbs, and Skip and Terri Ritter, who are deeply involved with the Playhouse, there are a great number of other residents that regularly attend your productions. I personally try to take any of our out-of-town visitors to one of your shows and without fail they are impressed.

The preservation, appreciation, and promotion of the Arts is critical for our society (especially our children) and the Playhouse is an essential part of that effort. The value of having a venue like the Playhouse where aspiring actors can participate and learn the craft is immeasurable.

Again, thank you for your tickets and for all the Playhouse brings to our community.

Sincerely yours,

Tim Schmidt

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A Letter from A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, Inc.

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Board of Directors for A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, I would like to thank you for the donation of two theatrical show tickets for the silent auction to be held at Rock the Cradle on April 13, 2013. These items will be a wonderful addition to our auction!

We greatly appreciate your partnership to our efforts to prevent newborn abandonment.
Thank you again for your generous donation.


Shannon McCloud
February 21, 2012

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A Letter from Jets Baseball

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Cumberland County High School baseball program as evidenced by your recent donation for our annual chili supper this November. Our chili supper was a huge success and one that could not have been realized without wonderful donations from businesses and individuals like you. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue to provide a first class experience for each of the young men in our program. We frequently talk about the importance of family in our program and how every part of our team and family plays an integral part in making us the best that we can be in baseball as well as in life. Thank you for being a very important part of our Jets Baseball family.


Dave Prichard
November 8, 2013

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Family Tree

My first direct experience with CCP came in 1987. I had just graduated High School and started dating a girl and on our second date I took her to Crossville to see her favorite musical, The Sound of Music. We were very impressed by the show, had a great time, and the experience helped set the tone for twenty-three years of marriage.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that CCP had already had a dramatic effect on my life, indirectly. In 1979, a man named Richard Northcutt had the harebrained idea of starting a community theater in Woodbury, Tennessee. As he began looking for models of how to make that happen and how to build a rural audience, he looked just down the road to CCP. I grew up in that community theater which would become The Arts Center of Cannon County. After college I came back to run the organization as it became a model in its own right. Throughout my nineteen years there, we would constantly ask What would Cumberland County do? or How would the Playhouse handle this?– many times picking up the phone and asking Jim directly. I can honestly say much of the success of The Arts Center came from the influence of The Cumberland County Playhouse.

As we reflect on CCP’s legacy after 50 years, I think that it is easy to miss the ripples. By serving as a model rural arts organization CCP has affected countless people (people CCP does not even know about) in dramatic, life altering, ways. Not just kids like me, in Cannon County, but also a kid I just heard about in McNairy County in West Tennessee who is part of an organization that used the Arts Center as a model. Or even someone down the road that uses Arts in McNairy as a model. You see, if rural arts in Tennessee is a family tree then CCP is a big part of that trunk, and as such will continue to have a positive effect on lives for years to come. This, for me, is one of the most widespread and enduring parts of the Cumberland County Playhouse legacy and one that should be celebrated during this golden anniversary.

The Playhouse calls itself “Tennessee’s Family Theater” and in 2010, when Jim asked me to direct Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, I became part of the family. Perhaps a cousin that only gets together around Thanksgiving, but one who is always made to feel welcome at the table. I cherish my experiences at Cumberland County and love the experience of working with a rep company of talented actors, designers, technicians and friends. It continues to be one of my favorite places to work. I’m excited to return this year to be part of the Golden Anniversary Season. I can only hope that the work that we do will continue to honor the legacy of the Crabtree family and of the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Donald Fann

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A Letter from Fifty Forward

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

We are most grateful for your gift to the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center. Your support helps us fulfill the organization’s mission: FiftyForward enriches the lives of adults 50+ by providing  pathways to health, well-being, and lifelong learning. On behalf of the board of directors and in honor of those we serve, thank you for donating two free passes to any theatrical show valued at $48.00 as an auction item for the ‘Market Fest’ event.

As a donor, you have a positive impact on our future! We want you to know how much we appreciate and recognize you and others in the community whose support enriches the lives of older adults who are touched by our programs and services.

You have numerous choices for your charitable giving and we appreciate your including FiftyForward among those organizations worthy of your support. On behalf of the board of directors and in honor of those we serve, thank you for your generosity.

Best wishes,

Janet Jernigan
November 7, 2011
Nashville, TN

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Only in Cumberland County

The story of the Playhouse is like a good piece of fiction from The Saturday Evening Post circa 1963. Something penned by John O’Hara or James Gould Cozzens or Paul Crabtree.

When you think of this couple – this extremely gifted, show business couple – Paul and Mary Crabtree driving the breadth of America with a carload of kids who had been raised between Hollywood and New York, and he’s setting out for a farmhouse in Tennessee to write a novel…well, it’s like one of the scripts Paul wrote for television.

In fact, his last gig in Hollywood before coming to Tennessee was head writer for The New Loretta Young Show. The show was about a widowed, free-lance writer with a house-full of kids (seven of them) – the role of the writer, of course, was played by Paul’s good friend Loretta Young.

By the way, it’s amazing to me how unknown Loretta Young is among the population under 50. She truly was one of the most beautiful and successful Hollywood stars of her time. She made 103 movies between 1917 and 1953 – everything from The Sheik with Rudolph Valentino (at age 8) to The Farmer’s Daughter, for which she won an Oscar.

A deeply religious woman, she nevertheless conceived a child with Clark Gable while filming Call of the Wild in the forests and mountains of California and Washington state. This has nothing to do with anything. I just always found it ironic that a good Catholic girl answered Clark Gable’s call of the wild while filming a movie called Call of the Wild. But that’s me.

The first Loretta Young Show was wildly successful and was broadcast on NBC for eight years – from 1953 to 1961. There is no doubt that, after a brief vacation from show business, Miss Young was ready to launch into another successful show. She even created a new production company for that purpose. She was still beautiful at 50 and she looked a good 15 years younger.

When Paul Crabtree was hired as head writer, he must have thought his ship had finally come in. He had earned it.

In a distinguished, non-stop 20 years of producing/writing/directing/starring on Broadway, in movies, and on television, the 42 year-old Crabtree had worked with the very best – Helen Hayes, Geraldine Page, Burgess Meredith, Jose Ferrer, E.G. Marshall,…He had even launched the career of a young actress named Cloris Leachman. On Broadway, she played in A Story for a Sunday Evening, the play he wrote, directed, and starred in, as well as, Lo and Behold!, the very next play in which he had a role. She even acted in an episode of The New Loretta Young Show.

At the Playhouse, there is a 16 mm film of Paul Crabtree interviewing a who’s who of 1950s actors he directed at the 813-seat Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, a summer stock “celebrity theater” he managed in the 1950s and early 1960s. You can tell by the easy banter between Crabtree and the stars – performers such as Celeste Holm, Arthur Treacher, and Ava Gabor – that there was much respect and genuine affection for Paul Crabtree among seasoned pros. He was one of the tribe.

It’s fascinating to watch Paul Crabtree in these black and white frames. He smokes a cigarette and carries on an easy conversation in his ever-so-slightly Pulaski, Virginia accent. He sort of reminds you of Bing Crosby or Hoagy Carmichael. There is something cool and musical about his voice — sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines…

Here’s a guy who started “trouping” in a travelling minstrel show at 4 years old and continued through his senior year in high school. He followed that by staging 60 productions in four years at his alma mater, Syracuse University. He played 40 leads and directed 12 of the plays, five of which he wrote.

So, by the time he hit Broadway in 1943 with $13 in his pocket, he was ready to conquer the Great White Way. He was picked for the national road show of “Kiss and Tell” – where he met his wife Mary – and never looked back. Next came five years in Oklahoma!, The Iceman Cometh, a long-term contract with the Theater Guild, and other triumphs.

But, alas, after years of hard work in the business, The New Loretta Young Show was a bust. Unfortunately, it premiered on CBS against the very popular medical drama Ben Casey, in its second year. The show quietly shut down after 26 episodes.

So, when we think of all the visionary local townspeople who helped make the Playhouse possible — like Joe Ed Hodges, Margaret Keyes Harrison, Bette Evans, Carl Sutton, C.C. Simonton, J. W. Brown, and “Shadow” Davenport – don’t forget the dark and brooding Vince Edwards. Without Vince’s sulking portrayal of Dr. Casey, Paul Crabtree may never have left Hollywood.

A couple of years ago, I found a boxed set of DVDs of The New Loretta Young Show. Miss Young liked Paul Crabtree so much, she begged him to play a recurring role of a drifter in the series. I wish every actor at the Playhouse could see this performance. He was pretty dang good. I’m glad there exists a record of his talent and stage presence.

Most readers of this blog know the Playhouse story. The Crabtrees came to town, Paul was persuaded to teach creative writing at a local school, this led to the production of a play starring a bunch of local kids called The Perils of Pinocchio, which created a cultural explosion, which created the Playhouse.

Scores of local business people, school kids, farmers, and regular folks bought shares in what was originally a for-profit corporation.

One of those shareholders was a legendary Hollywood star, Loretta Young.

I take it back. You would never find a story like this in The Saturday Evening Post. You really can’t make this stuff up.

John White

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A Letter from Don and Joyce Jorgensen

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

We are so thankful for the Playhouse and how much it has meant to our family (the Burnetts). We only wish we were a bit closer so we could enjoy more performances!

Don and Joyce Jorgensen
May 1, 2013

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A Letter from The Pro Bono Project (Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Inc.)

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your contribution to the 2013 Pro Bono Celebration’s Silent Auction. The event was an enormous success, due in part to the diverse selection of valuable items offered in the auction.

Thanks again for your support.


Terry Woods
Knoxville, TN
July 30, 2013

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A Letter from Bottled Up

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your support of our Bottled Up Auction held at Chattanooga Market on November 6, 2011 benefiting the North River YMCA & Aquatic Center. Proceeds from your donation will help to provide scholarships to allow children and families to participate in programs such as day camp, swim lessons, water exercise, and more. Through these scholarships, children and families have an opportunity to become active and improve their health. Again, we appreciated your generous support for this auction, because we feel that the scholarship program it supports is very valuable and needed in our community.

May God bless you always,

Bill Rush
Chattanooga, TN
November, 2011

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Some Comments from Daniel Black

Daniel W. Black is a CCP stalwart, virtually growing up onstage, and has already opened the company’s first production of the golden anniversary season, starring with Patty Payne and Jason Ross in Lori Fischer’s Barbara’s Blue Kitchen.

Daniel: In 1995 and ’96 the Playhouse hosted TennFest: It was a summer filled with three separate shows running, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family! I was still new to the theater, an intern. The amount of people that showed up was mind blowing! I’ll never forget that. I could see, even then, that CCP was loved by all…I knew then that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful place. I celebrated my 20th affiliated year with CCP just two weeks ago. When I look back at it all, I smile and think, “What a rush…I’m still here…home!”

“Family” is the one word I would use to describe this place!

This writing first appeared in a January 2015 Broadway World article written by Jeffrey Ellis.

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A Letter from Knoxville Montessori School

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your contribution of four tickets to any theatrical show at the Cumberland County Playhouse to the Knoxville Montessori School’s 45th Anniversary Spring Gala, held on April 20th in the Back Room at Remedy Coffee in the Old City. We deeply appreciate your support for the Gala and for our school.

With your help, this year’s Gala was a great success. It was attended by over seventy parents, grandparents, staff members, alumni, and friends of the school. Participants enjoyed dinner by noted Knoxville caterer Betty Melrose and live music by Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, a new Knoxville band that plays Gypsy and American swing jazz with a French accent.

The Gala was very successful financially as well. Between ticket sales, ads, contributions, and the live and silent auctions, it raised over $10,000 for the KMS Building and Grounds Fund. Proceeds from the Gala will enable us to repaint the exterior of the school this summer, and they will also help us prepare for the major upgrades to your classrooms and playgrounds that we are planning for summer 2013 and 2014.

Thank you again for your support of KMS and the Gala. As one of our parents said that night, it was “The best Gala ever!” and we could not have done it without your help.

Best wishes,

Charlie Biggs
April 27, 2012

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A Letter to Jim Crabtree

Dear Jim,

First, let us thank you for an absolutely wonderful performance as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. That play has always held a special place in our hearts as it was forty years ago on Christmas Eve that the two of us became engaged following a performance of Fiddler with the late Topol as Tevye. We were both stunned by your portrayal. Not only were you in fine voice, but your body language and mannerisms conveyed the emotions of the character superbly. It was very moving for us both. If this was to be a farewell of sorts for you and Carol Irvin, you could not have chosen a better venue. She too played the role of Goldie beautifully and complimented you, Tevye, well. Congratulations to you both as well as to the remaining cast members for a job well done.

After fourteen years, we have yet to see a less than top notch performance at The Playhouse. Your collective efforts have enriched the lives of so many over these past 45 years. We only hope and pray that The Playhouse will continue to do so for additional throngs of theatre goers for many years to come. Thank you all.

Merry Christmas,

Paul and Joanne Chmielewski
Nov. 21, 2011


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A Letter from WCTE TV (PBS)

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of WCTE, your Upper Cumberland PBS station, I would like to sincerely thank you for your support in this year’s 31st annual Great TV Auction! With your help, we raised over $94,000 for public television!

The Great TV Auction is currently our largest fundraising event. Funds raised in the auction help us produce and air quality local programming, such as Live Green Tennessee, The Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree, The Putnam County Fair, TTU live sports, Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, and much more.

Thank you again for your generosity and participation in this year’s Great TV Auction. We are grateful for your support of the public television mission!

With much Appreciation,

Allison Fox/WCTE-TV (PBS)
July 10, 2013


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A Letter from the Exchange Club Family Center

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your donation of two complimentary passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse for the Exchange Club Family Center’s 20th Annual Fundraiser, Blues and Bling, on April 19th. Your support will help make this event a great success!

Our mission is to promote healthy, happy families by reducing the occurrence and effects of child abuse and neglect. We do this by teaching parents safe and healthy parenting skills and strengthening parent-child relationships.

We believe the greatest impact we can make is in preventing child abuse before it ever occurs. Our parenting classes involve families who are at high risk for harming their children and help build their skills and parent/child attachment in hopes that abuse never starts. Research shows that the curriculum we use is effective in preventing abuse.

Proceeds from Blues and Bling will provide support for agency programming. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of children and families right here in Middle Tennessee.

Thank you again for being part of the Exchange Club Family Center family.


Desha L. Hearn and Mary Wootten
Exchange Club Family Center
Livingston, TN
February 14, 2013

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A Letter from Family Resources Youth Services

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Please allow us to take this opportunity to say thank you for your generous support of our students through your donation of a Two-Prime Time Theater Tickets to our 2012 Fall Silent Auction. In a school district with more than 70% of the student body in receipt of free/reduced lunch, we strive to assist students who are economically disadvantaged. The Silent Auction has proven to be one of our most successful events for fund raising. This fall you helped bring in over $900 for the Family Resource and Youth Services Program of the Williamsburg Independent School District.

All funds raised through our Silent Auction will be used to support the needs of our students and their families. Without community assistance the services to our students and families would be greatly impaired.

Once again, thank you for all you do in this community!


Tammy H. Stephens and Patty Bryant
WISD Family Resource/Youth Services Center Staff
Williamsburg, KY
December 16th, 2012

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