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Derby Dinner Playhouse celebrates 40th anniversary
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
The Derby Dinner Playhouse is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the announcement of the 2014-2015 season schedule.
The playhouse opened in Clarksville in 1974 as a convention, sports and entertainment center.
Since opening, more than 6 million people have attended shows at the location.
The 40th season will open with the comedy, "Cash on Delivery" from May 20 to June 29.
The play is about a con artist who has duped welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address.
Things get a bit risky when the welfare investigators show up and he tries to outwit them by enlisting the help of a family.
Derby Dinner's summer family musical will be Disney's "Mary Poppins" from July 2 to Aug. 16. Based on the book by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, the musical includes a score filled with classics songs.
From Aug. 19 to Oct. 5, the Church Basement Ladies will perform their new musical comedy, "A Mighty Fortress is our Basement."
Ken Ludwig's comedy thriller, "The Game's Afoot" will be on stage from Oct. 7 to Nov. 16. The play features a Broadway star admired for his leading role playing Sherlock Holmes who invites fellow cast members to his castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death the festivities in this house of tricks and mirrors quickly turns dangerous.
The playhouse will produce Sheldon Harnick's "A Wonderful Life" Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. The play is an uplifting story of the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
The new year will begin with the romantic comedy, "Skin Deep" from Jan. 6 to Feb. 15, 2015. The play follows a large, lovable, lonely-heart named Maureen who gives romance one last shot on a blind date.
A new musical about the most notorious couple of the 20th century, "Bonnie & Clyde" will premier Feb. 17 and run through March 29. This story of love, adventure, and crime features a score of blues, gospel and rock-a-billy music.
The classic "Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers" will finish out the 40th anniversary season. The play will run from March 31 through May 10.
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