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Run, don't walk to 'Walk, Don't Ride!'
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Chad McGee photo Pictured are Layla Sexton, Meah Sewell, and other Warren Arts cast members recreating the Nashville Woolworth lunch counter sit-in they will be depicting in the Warren Arts upcoming production of “Walk, Don’t Ride!"

History will come to life in a celebration of the men and women who paved the way for equal rights in the upcoming Warren Arts production “Walk, Don’t Ride! A Celebration of the Fight for Equality.”


This show will depict some of the prominent figures who came together to bring about the changes needed for true freedom. Sheri Denning and Julie Cantrell are directing the play and Regina Pullin is musical director. This show was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


“It is a play with music about three pivotal events from the Civil Rights Movement that helped to end segregation in America,” said Denning.


The play emphasizes the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-56, the Freedom Rides of the early ’60s, and the Woolworth Lunch Counter Protests in 1960. It also includes historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, Joann Robinson, Walter and Frances Bergman, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others during the times when the fight for freedom was the most difficult.


The cast members are: Michael McGee, Dana Sexton, Nancy Wilkerson, Krista Fleming, Christi Darnell, Meah Sewell, Rita Ramsey, Carter Cantrell, Kathy Elam, Ryan Sexton, Annette King, Livia Jaco, Jeff Cantrell, Ella Cantrell, and Layla Sexton. Denning says former cast member Rebecca Roberts had to leave the show, but she was still prominent in helping to get the show where it is. The show will also feature choir members from McMinnville and Sparta.


Warren Arts invites everyone to come sit and experience the pivotal stories from the fight for equality. The show will run June 10 through June 18 on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. There will also be a show on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be an exhibition of the show at the Juneteenth Celebration at 2 p.m. on June 18 at Bernard Gym.


“Walk, Don’t Ride!” is approximately one hour and 15 minutes without an intermission and tickets are $15. The tickets can be purchased on the Warren Arts website, warrenartstn.com, or at the door. Warren Arts is located at 5482 Manchester Highway.