“Shout!”is the “Mod Musical” that brings back the smashing sounds that made England swing in the ‘60s. Set in London, “Shout!” travels in time from 1960-1970 following five women during the dawning liberation of women. The show runs Aug. 15-30 at the Arts Center of Cannon County.
Rachel Jentzsch Cole, Beth Daniels, Leah Ray, Hayley Orozco and Erica Paige Melton are featured in an ensemble cast of English and American girls who redefine themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender, just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, and Lulu were becoming independent women with major careers. This show celebrates those changes through the unforgettable music of the time, the soundtrack of their lives.
SHOUT features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Downtown,” “Georgy Girl,” “I Only Wanna Be With You,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” With a shimmy and a shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period – from ‘60s advertisements for anything and everything, to lonely hearts letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a “fetching new hairstyle and a new shade of lipstick.”
This production is directed by Abbey Kairdolf with music direction by Stephen Burnette, choreography by Danielle Davula and produced by Carol Reed. The performance schedule for all shows is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 with discounts available for students, seniors and groups and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or 1-800-235-9073. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.artscenterofcc.com.
The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes from Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one hour southeast of Nashville. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Blue Porch at Arts Center Restaurant is open before all performances.