Now in it's 28th year... The Arts Center’s Summer Conservatory Expands!

The Arts Center has great opportunities for students over the summer. ACCC’s Summer Youth Conservatory is a series of two-week summer camp sessions that teach students voice, acting, creative movement and dance.  At the end of each session, students get to show off what they learned in their own showcase for friends and family.

This camp is a great way for kids to get hands on experience with various art forms like dance, music, and even visual art with highly trained teachers and staff. They develop vital life skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and confidence. It promises to challenge and inspire every student.

Students come from ACCC’s seven county service area. Conservatory is a wonderful way for students to meet and work with their peers from various counties. These sessions help build long lasting community relationships

This year The Arts Center has received grant funding for Summer Conservatory from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant funds will partially underwrite the cost of Conservatory. Specialists in curriculum development will be overseeing the program and coaching our teachers.

There are two junior sessions of Conservatory for grades 1-6 (June 5-16 and June 19-30), and one senior session for grades 7-12 (July 10-21). No prior experience is required to participate in either junior or senior sessions.

Other learning opportunities are available to students throughout the year. Private lessons are offered by Brittany Goodwin in voice, piano, and acting. Students can also experience different styles of visual art and learn about local artists by visiting Cannon Hall and the Berger Gallery located inside the Arts Center. 

The Arts Center is committed to furthering arts education in Middle Tennessee. For more information on school field trips, Summer Youth Conservatory, or Private lessons, call 615-563-2787, visit www.artscenterofcc.com, or email Lindsey Mapes, the Director of Education, at Lindsey@artscenterofcc.com.

A play series for the young at heart - 

The 2017 Young at Art Series started strong with The Lion King Experience Jr.’s ten sold out school matinee performances and three sold out public performances. Up next this year is the new musical adaptation of the classic children's book, Lyle the Crocodile, which runs May 4-16! There are two opportunities for the public to see the show on May 6 & 13 at 2:00pm, as well as school matinee performances scheduled throughout the week.

The Story
When Lyle the big green Crocodile turns up in the Primm family’s bathtub, nobody knows quite what to do. Lyle’s performing talent soon wins them over, and the Primms invite him to stay. This does not make their neighbor, Mr. Grumps, and his equally grumpy cat, very happy. The musical is based on the book “Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile” and “The House on 88th Street” by Bernard Waber. Running at just over an hour with no intermission, this one-act show is the perfect length for young audiences!

The Cast
Starring as the title character is the Art Center’s very own James Bessant! James started performing on the Arts Center stage at age 13, and has served a term as Student Board Member. Now at MTSU, James is studying elementary education grades K-12. Other members of the ensemble cast include Noah Brady, Catalina Rice, Lucy McGee, Carter Cantrell, Micah Mae, Andrew Neal, Mary Humphrey, Sharon Bessant, Jack Jones, Eleanor Vaughan, William Denniger, Erilynn Denniger, Blair Gipe, and Charlie Jones.

About the Young at Art Series
Now in its 27th year, the Arts Center of Cannon County offers creative, entertaining, and educational experiences for students in the Middle Tennessee region. As part of the  Young at Art school matinee series, the Arts Center offers three children’s shows for both school field trips and for the community at large. The series is designed for home school groups, public schools, and private schools in Cannon County and the 6 surrounding counties. Students on field trips often eat lunch in the Farmer’s Market Pavilion or in Cannon Hall (inside the Arts Center) before or after the performance.

The shows offer educational entertainment that is often associated with literature taught in the classroom, such as last season’s shows: “A Year with Frog and Toad”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “Elf the Musical Jr.”  
This series offers a unique opportunity for students to experience live theatre, meet with the cast, and take pictures with their class on the set. In 2016 the Arts Center hosted 7,250 students.

The Student Ticket Subsidy program, grant funding to buy theater tickets, through the TN Arts Commission is available to students of every county. See GRANTS at TNArtsCommission.org. Many of the schools who attend the “Young at Art Series” apply for this funding.

How to Book Your Spot: 
Tickets for the public performances are available online or by calling (615) 563-2787. 

Teachers and School Groups interested in booking a field trip may contact Lindsey Mapes at (615) 563-2787 or at Lindsey@artscenterofcc.com.

Homeschool groups can also be accommodated- please contact Beth McCrary at beth@artscenterofcc.com 



As the first show of our 2017 Season comes to close, we would like to take this opportunity to answer some popular questions about Season Tickets and the benefits of becoming a member. With five shows remaining in the season, our already low membership prices have dropped to just $50 and $90! With savings over 25% off the a la carte ticket price, you don't want to miss out on all of the fun that 2017 has to offer!

So besides the savings (which we will discuss in a moment), what benefits come with being a Season Ticket Holder at The Arts Center?

Shorter Lines / Priority Seating
If you have ever seen a show with us, you know we seat by letter groups of A, B, C, etc based on when you check in at the box office beginning an hour before the show. You may have also noticed there are two lines, one for members and one for non-members. While the member line is typically shorter and quicker, we also set aside 25 A's for members at each performance. So even if you arrive closer to the time the doors are open, if you are one of the first 25 members to check in you will still be able be one of the first groups into the theatre. Have a special seat you just have to have? Keep reading to learn about our Express Pass option, which puts you even closer to the front of the line!

Your Reservation to Each Show is Already Made, No Need to Call!
When you purchase your season ticket you will be prompted to select your date, with options being First Friday, First Saturday, First Sunday, Second Friday, etc. This holds your spot on your selected night for every show in the season! Worried you will have conflicts? It's no problem- you can simply call or email The Arts Center before your scheduled performance and we can switch you to a more convenient date (subject to availability). 

Share With Your Friends and Family
Can't attend a show? Have two tickets and only need one? You can share your membership with anyone in your circle of friends or family members! 

Experience a Wide Variety of Shows
Perhaps you know you want to come to our popular musicals, but don't know much about the plays included in the season. Being a Season Ticket Holder gives you the opportunity to see a wide variety of shows for an incredible low price! Who knows, you just might find your new favorite show! Concerned about content of shows you aren't familiar with? We include ratings for our musicals and plays on our website, and you can always call us with any questions you may have. 

Multiple Membership Level Options
There are three different types of memberships so you are sure to find one that fits your needs! 

Adult Member
Five show price - $50 
Your price if you purchased five show tickets one at a time - $75

Student Member
Five show price - $40
Your price if you purchased five show tickets one at a time - $65

Patron Member - the biggest savings yet!
Five show price - $90
Also included in the Patron Membership...
- An Express Pass ($50 value), which offers you priority seating AND you don't have to check in at the box office! Just bring your Express Pass straight to the door. 
- A Gift Certificate ($10-15 value) valid for one ticket to any show in our Young At Art Series 
- A Contribution to The Arts Center Endowment fund

As you can see, there are so many reasons to consider becoming a Season Ticket Holder at The Arts Center of Cannon County, including supporting local theatre in the community! Season Tickets are available to purchase online or by phone at (615) 563-2787. /seasontickets.htmlWe look forward to seeing you in 2017! 

As we anticipate the opening of The Odd Couple on September 30th, I decided to take a look back at the history of the show, the films, and the many careers launched by portrayals of the iconic characters "Felix" and "Oscar". I was surprised at some of the names that were on the list... and I think you will be, too! 

(Take notes, the information below will be helpful for Broadway trivia and to impress your friends!)

Neil Simon was already a relatively well known playwright when The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965, thanks to the success of his 1963 show Barefoot in the Park. When Simon won a Tony award for The Odd Couple he became known as the "hottest new playwright on Broadway" and his career continued to prosper as he launched dozens of treasured shows including They're Playing Our Song, I Ought to Be In Pictures, The Goodbye Girl, Brighton Beach MemoirsJake's Women, and many more. To this day he has received more combined Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer. 

Without discounting the work that Simon has done, one must recognize that the wide success of his shows can also be contributed to his talented casts, often featuring unknown actors who would later jump to international fame. With well-written, tangible characters that seem to jump off the page, Simon's roles are coveted by actors around the world! Infact, did you know...

When The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 it starred Walter Matthau and Art Carney, and scored a Best Actor Tony Award for Matthau. ( Matthau also went on to reprise his role in both Odd Couple films, alongside Jack Lemmon). 

After a successful year and a half run on Broadway, The Odd Couple was revived in 1970 starring two unknown actors who are household names today- Martin Short and Eugene Levy! They wouldn't be the last stars to take on the roles of Felix and Oscar, however. Over the next forty years these parts were performed by Gerard Kelly, Craig Ferguson, Pat Sajak, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Ethan Hawke and Billy Crudup, just to name a few! 

The Odd Couple went on to inspire a female version, written by Simon, as well as multiple TV-Sitcom spin-offs,including the 2015 adaptation starring Friends star Matthew Perry alongside Thomas Lennon.  

So now, with over FIFTY years of successful runs, we at The Arts Center are excited to have this hilarious, iconic show live on our stage! Directed by Mary Wilson and starring Matt Smith and Ted Verbeten, perhaps this rendition will further launch the careers of all of the incredible local talent involved! 

Well, now you know the abridged history of the production, so don't miss you chance to see it for yourself! Neil Simon's The Odd Couple runs September 30 - October 15, 2016. Tickets are $13 for Adults, $11 for Seniors & Students, and $10 for paid groups of ten or more. For tickets call (615) 563-2787 or click here

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Many of you might be wondering, what is the Reverse Raffle Fundraiser that is taking place at The Arts Center on July 30? Is it true that one person in attendance will win $5000? What’s the catch?

Truth is- there is no catch! Our annual Reverse Raffle Fundraiser is an evening of fun, laughter, and camaraderie to support the arts and one lucky attendee will walk away with the grand prize- five thousand bucks! Best part is, there is no skill involved to win!

As you may or may not know, the Arts Center is a not-for-profit community owned venue. The facility itself is maintained and sustained by and for the people of Middle Tennessee. Our staff work for modest wages to provide this unique outlet which includes a theater, gallery, craft shop, conservatory, exhibition hall. Throughout the year, volunteers direct, produce, act, sing, dance, perform, play, exhibit, learn, and craft together in our 27 year young 18,000 square foot building.

Once each year we hold a fundraiser.  This year the event will be held on Saturday, July 30 and your attendance is requested.

The Reverse Raffle is an opportunity to support the Arts Center financially while enjoying a great dinner and a chance to win $5000! At the end of an evening of games and drawings on stage in the Wilma Adams Theater – the last person still holding a raffle ticket goes home with $5000. Sounds easy, right? Best part is, if your number is drawn (eliminating you from winning the grand prize) there are opportunities to buy back in! Throughout the night you might also see other items you are interested in winning, and there are several chances to bid on Auction Baskets donated by local business and board members. (Last year we had Journey Tickets, an Autographed Steelers Helmet, an evening at The Cannon Inn, and much more!)

Event tickets are $75 each and included dinner, entertainment, and an entry into the Reverse Raffle. They are available online, by phone, or in person at the Arts Center, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Want to enter but can’t attend? Purchase a ticket and your number will still be included in the raffle- we will notify you if you win! That's all there is to it!

The Event begins with dinner promptly at 6pm. The on stage Raffle begins at 7pm. We hope you will join us for this special evening benefitting The Arts Center of Cannon County!

The 2015 winners were Marcia and Gerald Melton who purchased tickets to support a great cause – Cannon County Reads through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

What would you do if YOU won $5000? 


With so many weekend options including movies, concerts, theatrical shows, escape games of sorts, etc, I have spent some time thinking about why community theatre is important and the reasons people should (and do) support it. Drawing from my own experiences, I believe volunteer theatre is a valuable resource in our communities for performers, crew members, sponsors, and audience members alike.

I was barely six years old when my mom took me to audition for a production of Peter Cottontail with a local children’s group, and after being cast as the lead in my debut performance I was hooked. While I dabbled in sports and other recreational activities, I focused mainly on theatre and performing and booked my first professional production at the age of eighteen. Over the next six years I traveled the country living the dream- making a living as a performer! But something was missing, and I started to realize that there was a difference acting on stage as a job vs. a hobby. While I still loved to perform, I yearned for the heart and sense of camaraderie I had always found in community theatre.

So what made community vs. professional so different? And why is community theatre so important to me, and so many others? Here are some examples:

Encourage New Talent

Many successful actors, directors, writers, and choreographers have launched their careers in humble, small town playhouses. (Did you know Country music artist Chris Young and American Idol alum Colton Dixon both performed in Arts Center productions, just to name a few?) By sponsoring shows and attending performances, you are not only supporting an important arts outlet but also providing encouragement to the cast and crew.

Provide Opportunities for Young Artists

As I stated above, I walked into an audition as an average six year old and closed my first show feeling like a superstar! I have already written a blog focusing on why the arts are important for children (click here to read it!) so I won’t spend too much time on the subject, but I will say that I have seen theatre open up a world of new opportunities for children. While physical size and abilities sometimes hinder kids in sports and school activities, the world of community theatre provides a safe place for even the shyest or quirkiest of students. As a director, I have witnessed young children sobbing out of stage fright at their first audition who go on to steal the show, and the “outsider” who may have been rejected by his peers become the center of attention. There’s something about community theatre that accepts everyone and I treasure the wide variety of people I have met and the children I have had the opportunity to mentor.

Create a Need for Special Skills

Not everyone can stand center stage and belt out “Tomorrow” from Annie, and just as many of us don’t dare pick up a hammer and nail! Community theatre requires so many different skill sets, that virtually anyone can find a place they are needed. Your skill might be painting a backdrop, building a set piece, sewing a costume, holding a spotlight, working backstage, or even shopping for props! In one of the most recent shows I performed in, we even used an “illusionist” to teach the cast and crew magic tricks that could be used in the show! By supporting community theatre, you give your brother, mother, next door neighbor, Sunday school teacher, veterinarian, and janitor an opportunity to volunteer their time and skills.

Local Business Supports Local Business

The Arts Center, like many community theatre groups, is a non-profit organization and requires the support of local business to financially back shows and events. Sponsors not only help grow recognition of their own brand by including their logos on programs, marketing materials, websites, etc, but also keep the arts going in the community. Sponsorship isn’t expensive and community theatres can, in return, help their local business reach hundreds of potential customers through ads and sponsor recognition.

Just to name a few…

I could go on and on about reasons why everyone should support their local community theatre, but I hope you are coming up with your own ideas of how your ticket purchase, skill set, or sponsorship can benefit so many people.

Although our lives have all become very busy as of late, when you find yourself with a free Saturday night, consider attending a show put on by your local community theatre. I think you will be surprised to discover the incredible talent performing on our Middle Tennessee stages thanks to the support of patrons like YOU.  


Although it’s only the end of March, can you believe we are already planning for our 2017 season of shows?! With so many variables and things to consider, building a performance season is an ongoing process, and we would like to give you the opportunity to suggest what YOU would like to see on our stage. After reading the post below you will have a chance to fill out a form and help us as we plan for the year ahead!

So what goes into choosing the season, anyway?

There are so many factors that are taken into consideration when planning a season of productions, including when the show was last performed in the area, the type or size of cast required, the month the show will be performed, who will direct, what sort of content is involved, what the set or props will require, how much the royalties cost, etc.  We work hard to plan a season that not only fits in the Arts Centers schedule, but that fits with the schedules of the volunteers who will be working to put on the show and the audience members who will be attending.  

Who chooses the shows?

The Arts Center staff works together to plan the season, along with suggestions from directors, producers and board members. A large number of shows are suggested and then narrowed down as they are discussed. The discussion may include questions like, has this show been performed at the Arts Center before? If so, when and what was attendance like? What sort of audience do we expect will want to see this show?  Has another theatre in the area recently performed this show, or do they plan to in the near future? Are the rights currently available to community theatres, and if not, will they be available soon?

Does it cost money to put on a show?

Yes! And what many people don’t realize is that nearly every show has royalty fees that are determined based on the size of the theatre, the number of shows being performed, how new the show is, etc. Rates vary tremendously and while some older or lesser known plays are offered for minimal prices, many larger scale musicals cost thousands of dollars to perform. And that’s just to pay for the rights to the show! After the royalties are secured, money goes into the set, costumes, props, marketing, etc.

Can audience members make suggestions for upcoming performances?

Yes you can! We would love to hear your suggestions for what you would like to see on the Arts Center stage, and why. By clicking the link below you can anonymously fill out a suggestion form!  

Submit your comments here!


As the weather grows warmer and you start thinking about summer time, I encourage you to consider enrolling your child in our Summer Conservatory Program! Each two week session teaches students performance skills that also translate into valuable life skills, through engaging activities and team building exercises. Curious how the arts can benefit your child? Read below!


Students who learn music, acting, and dance are building memorization skills that can help them in school and beyond. Additionally, students develop pattern recognition skills when singing and dancing that can help them excel in math and other subjects.

Having an appreciation for the arts strengthens and builds imagination. In fact, incorporating music and performing in childhood years can help students foster a positive attitude towards learning and curiosity.

Kids who study the arts can learn to think more creatively! Art education can help students solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.    

Students learn to recognize and practice proper diction and enunciation when performing, which can encourage correction of minor speech impediments and teach students to control their volume levels. Reading skills are also often strengthened.

Did you know students who practice music score higher on the SAT? In fact, one report indicates students who study music appreciation score 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math!


While dancing and performing, students are encouraged to be active in ways that build coordination and concentration through exciting step combinations and stage directions.

Students studying performance learn to contort their bodies to mimic different animals, characters, people, and objects. This strengthens observations skills and body awareness while helping students figure out how to use their own individual size and shape to their advantage.

Through dance and creative movement, students develop a greater range of movement while learning the ability to use their bodies effectively in different spaces.

Dance is a fun, engaging way for students to develop strength and endurance from an early age. This creates a solid platform for the child’s physical development and level of fitness and encourages them to be healthy and active in their everyday lives.

Students who study acting practice physical displays of confidence, such as entering a room with poise and presence, and actively listening and maintaining eye contact when conversing with peers and elders.


Studies have shown that students who study music and performance can be more emotionally developed than students who do not. This emotional growth allows them to have higher self-esteem and cope better with anxiety.

Music, dance, and acting have therapeutic qualities that allow students to fight stress and relax. While performing can trigger fear and anxiety in some students, overcoming nerves further builds confidence and offers a sense of accomplishment.  

Teamwork is a big part of performance-based activities, and students who participate learn to work together and build camaraderie amongst groups.

Acting is a great way for kids to get in touch with their own feelings, while providing an outlet for a wide-array of emotions. 

Kids who learn performance skills learn a valuable lesson in discipline when setting aside practice time that is essential for memorizing lines and rehearsing songs or dance steps. Additionally, an enjoyable subject such as music or dance can teach students to be more interested in class, which may help overall focus in classroom settings and a desire to excel in all subjects.


All of these points are, of course, just a few of the ways kids (and adults!) can benefit from participation in performance related activities, and everyone’s personal growth will be different. In my own experience, one of the greatest things I learned through performing was how to collaborate and build friendships with kids and adults of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds. I am so thankful that Summer Conservatory provides an important outlet for kids during the summer months!

For more information on our Summer Conservatory program or to get your child signed up, click here or call (615) 563-2787.  

Thanks to the following websites for research information used in this blog post-




Welcome our Museum Intern, Anderson Dodd! Anderson is an Art History major at MTSU and shares some important information in his blog post about viewing and appreciating art, no matter what it is. Also included is information about the upcoming opening of the Southern Self-Taught Artist exhibit which Anderson curated here at the Arts Center. 

Guest Blog by Anderson Dodd 

I have something to admit to all of you. I used to get really frustrated by art. I didn’t understand why something like a piece of gum was art, or why I had to like it. There were times, when I was looking at a piece that I just wanted to look at the curator and ask, “Why is this art?” That was until someone told me that I needed to stop seeing art, and start looking at art. At first I thought they were just being hoity-toity, but then I realized that they were right. I needed to stop going to see art and start going to look at it. 

Art is meant to be looked at critically and really enjoying works of art comes out of having a dialogue with pieces that goes beyond just aesthetics. I know this sounds complicated, but don’t worry!  It is not as complicated as it sounds.

Below are some helpful tips and questions to ask your self when looking at art that you find frustrating. These are just suggestions and you don’t have to think deeply on them. They are just there to help you open up a dialogue with a piece of art, slow down snap judgements, and start looking at art rather than just seeing it.  Just a few moments can lead into some insight and you may end up enjoying a piece you disliked to begin with!

1)    Enjoyable art is not always pretty. It is perfectly okay to enjoy art that you consider pretty, but art is a form of human expression and existence. It taps into all of our emotions. Art can be happy, sad, scary, exciting, etc. Works of art give us a rare chance to see the world through someone else's eyes and help us reexamine and rediscover the world around us.

2)    Ask yourself, “What am I looking at?” If you don’t know or can’t tell, ask questions like, Do I like this piece of art? What about it do I like? What about it do I not like?  Try to find something positive and something negative.

3)    Next ask, “How does this painting make me feel and why?” For example, if a work looks “weird” to you, ask yourself, “What about it makes me feel this way?” It could be the colors or the shapes, the subject, or the way the subject has been portrayed.  The question “Why?” is one of the most powerful tools we have.

4)    It is also helpful to read the labels. Many of the artists painted personal subjects, and reading the labels can help you understand what is going on or help explain why you may or may not like the piece. At the bottom of some of the labels you’ll see “Think About It” suggestions which may help you appreciate the piece.

5) The most important rule of all is: Have fun and Explore!

Ready to put this to the test? Come out and join us March 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM in Cannon Hall for the opening reception of Southern Self-Taught Artists. This new exhibit, on display in Cannon Hall until June 30th 2016 will feature highlights from the Caldwell Collection.

Want to bring your kids to the museum? Great! The concepts above are pretty complicated for kids to understand so we have developed Kids Cards. These interactive printable worksheets are meant to help children understand the art, while at the same time flex their own creative muscles. You will be able to find them at the Art Center’s website after the opening. 

Memphis the Musical opens this weekend, and in honor of the production I am excited to welcome to the blog special guest, Melinda Paul! Melinda stars in Memphis as singing soul-stress Felicia Farrell who steals the heart of disc jockey, Huey Calhoun. Read as Melinda describes the timeless musical that you don't want to miss! 

Brittany: Hi Melinda, thank you so much for giving me your time! Can you tell our readers about yourself and your background in theatre?

Melinda: Sure! I’m a Nashville transplant by way of Maryland. I’m actually currently halfway through medical school (taking a year or two off to do research), but I couldn’t let go of my love of theater – so here I am! My elementary school’s productions were where it all started for me – I have distinct memories of playing a fox and a jester (Tony Award-worthy roles, of course) – and I dabbled in a few shows in middle school and high school. It wasn’t until college that I really sunk my teeth into theater, though – I majored in Theater Studies at Yale University, and got to act, direct, play and create with some truly humbling artists. I took some time off after college to work in DC and become a firefighter (crazy, I know), and then came to Nashville three years ago to start medical school. This is my third show in the Nashville area since being here, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this community.

Brittany: Tell us about your role as Felicia Farrell in Memphis.

Melinda: In short, Felicia Farrell is a black soul singer who gets noticed by a white DJ, Huey Calhoun, when he ventures underground into her brother’s Beale Street juke joint. They share a mutual love for the music that is as forbidden in the mainstream as is their growing love for one another, and the show follows their desires – both individually, and together – to be heard in a culturally and musically white-washed world. Felicia’s voice speaks for so many, both from the 1950s and now, and I feel so honored to get to tell her story.

Brittany: For people who don’t know the story of Memphis, what can you tell them?

Melinda: The story is in the music, really. In a time of tremendous segregation, Memphis speaks of those who tried to bridge social divides with a language that transcends color, culture and creed. Of course, there’s love and drama and choreographed dances involved – but at the heart of the show is a glimpse into the reality of a world that insists on coloring inside the lines, so to speak, and the hope we have in our ability to move beyond that kind of constrictive mentality.

Brittany: What is your favorite moment or song in the show? No spoilers please!

Melinda: I’m a sucker for jazz and big band music, so the brassy dance breaks may be my favorites…is that lame? Of course, I’m also partial to some of the more heart-tugging musical moments, but you said no spoilers so I’ll leave it at that. This show is packed with fantastic music though – I’d come for the band alone!

Brittany: What has been the best part of working on this production?

Melinda: The people. Cliché, but true. Darryl, Robert, Regina, Susan, Tabby, Scarlett, the incredible Michael Adcock and the amazing cast and crew and musicians I get to have fun with every day (I feel like I’m giving an acceptance speech…) – they’ve honestly made this entire thing a joy.

Brittany: What would you tell people who have not purchased their tickets yet?

Melinda: Click here! Do it now.

Brittany: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Melinda:Art is such an amazingly powerful vehicle for storytelling and change – so thank you, for supporting live theater and for listening to our story!

Brittany: Thank you so much, Melinda! And to our readers, for a 60 second preview of Melinda, Michael, and the rest of the cast members performing songs from the show, watch the promotional video

Memphis runs March 11-26 at the Arts Center of Cannon County. The show is rated PG for some adult language and content.