A Maryville High School alumni making his way in show business is coming home to host a screening of a movie filmed in Blount County.
“The Boys of Summerville” will be shown in the Maryville High School gym as a fundraiser for the school on Saturday, Dec. 20. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the movie will start at 7 p.m.
“We’ve got the show starting at 7 and doors opening at 6:15. Dad was behind that master mind,” actor Wesley Murphy said of his father, Roger Murphy, co-coordinator for Maryville City Schools coordinated school health program.
Murphy said the idea for the special screening came from so many people emailing and asking when the movie would come out because they didn’t get to see the premier in Knoxville.
As for the 45 minutes between when the doors open and when the movie starts, Wesley Murphy said he’ll spend it entertaining the crowd.
“I started doing stand up. Before the show starts, I’ll tell silly stories from Los Angeles. The cast and crew will be there if anybody wants an autograph.”
Admission is $5 and after overhead and expenses are paid, all profits go to Maryville High School. “There are some programs that could really use whatever money comes in,” Wesley Murphy said.
To promote the movie Murphy said he is scheduled to appear on “Live at 5 at 4” on Friday on WBIR-TV, Channel 10. “I promised them I had impressions of Beth Haynes and Russell Bivens,” Murphy said of the show’s co-hosts.
Murphy said the plot of the movie is the main character Peter Davis coming back to his small Southern hometown to settle his dad’s estate. He’s been away about 10 years and, when he comes back, he reconnects with his friends. “He left looking for more in life,” Murphy said. “Then he returns and you meet his crazy friends and the journey begins. There’s a girl involved. I play the eccentric redneck named Rocky.”