Community Events for March 5, 2009

Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8

Roman comedy takes stage at Maryville College

From March 5-8, the Maryville College Theater Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” featuring actors from the community as well as the college. The play will be directed by Robert Hutchens, who was named Executive Director of the Civic Arts Center last October.

Inspired by the bawdy, raucous comedies of ancient Rome and based on the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical comedy won the Tony award when it debuted in 1962.

The canny slave Pseudolus plots to get his freedom. His master Hero is desperate to marry Philia, a courtesan. Domina wants her husband to return to the marriage bed, while he wants nothing but to escape it, and Hysterium, forced to play a winsome corpse, lives up to his name as he resists the ardor of an egomaniacal Roman warrior. Daunting obstacles block the paths of each, and a comic romp is the result.

While the Civic Arts Center is designed to accommodate a variety of performers, artists, musicians and events, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is, as Hutchens plans to demonstrate, an excellent example of the kind of community theatre that the CAC can host.

The performance will take place in the Alumni Gym. The shows on March 5,6 and 7 will begin at 8 p.m., and the show on March 8 will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission is $5, with a discounted price of $3 for seniors (ages 60 and older), MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with ID. MC students are admitted free.

Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8

Final nights for MHS ‘Guys and Dolls’

The Maryville High School Fine Arts Department, under the direction of Sherry Petrowski, will perform the classic romantic comedy “Guys and Dolls” on March 6-8 at Maryville High School

“Guys and Dolls” follows the story of Sarah Brown(Molly Hunt) an evangelist out to reform the evildoers of Times Square, who through her ministry becomes involved with a charming rake named Sky Masterson (Tre Slezak). Jenna Nease takes on the comedic role of Adelaide, a hypochondriacal nightclub performer who has been engaged to Nathan Detroit (Alex Ackermann) for 14 years.

The play is ideal for audiences of any age. Tickets will go on sale March 2 in the lobby of the Maryville High School auditorium. Tickets will also be available at the ticket booth before each performance. The performances on March 6 and 7 will be held at 7:30 p.m, and the matinee performance on March 8 will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The musical is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. For more information, contact Sherry Petrowski at 865-982-1132 or

Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8

Appalachian Ballet presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’

On March 7 and 8, the Appalachian Ballet Company will be performing Peter and the Wolf with Prokoviev’s score played by an ensemble from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and narrated by local actor David Dwyer.

Peter and the Wolf will be the featured ballet but the performance will include classical and contemporary dances, including a Peter Pan piece.

The performance will be at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Tickets are $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for students and seniors. The group rate is $11.50 with 2 free tickets for every 20 purchased.

For tickets, call 865-982-8463 or contact Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444.

Tuesday, March 10

Pellissippi offers class for career as wedding planner

Sonya Scott, Tennessee’s only Master Bridal Consultant, will teach a one-evening non-credit class, “So You Want to Be a Wedding Planner,” on March 10 at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The class, offered by the college’s Business and Community Services division, meets from 6-8 p.m. on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

“Wedding planners in Knoxville can make from several hundred to several thousand dollars per wedding,” assures Scott. For those considering a career in wedding planning, the $49 cost of the class would be a good investment.

The class will cover the pros and cons of the business, startup costs and what to expect as a wedding planner. Scott will discuss the “Six Ps of Success”: product, price, promotion, place, planning and people. To register for the class or to receive additional information, contact Nancy Corum at 865-539-7167.

Saturday, March 7

Gateway to Independence dessert, auction is Saturday

The sixth-annual Gateway to Independence dessert and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Maryville High School Commons area. The event will feature Ed Harper and the Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and The Gate Crashers. An array of desserts and door prizes will be available. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. All are welcome. For more information, call 865-379-7904.

Saturday, April 4

‘Fools’ back for sixth annual benefit talent show

The annual April Foolies fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Maryville College Alumni Gym.

The annual charity event showcases local talent who is not afraid to be a “Fool” for local children in hopes of raising big funds for the United Way’s Success by Six program and the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Some of the favorite returning acts are Allison Bradley, The Maryville Wildman Darrell Self , Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and Trash Can Band. The MC for the event is Walker Johnson and there will be a special appearance by Sammy “Barney Fife” Sawyer. It promises to be a fun-filled night featuring some of Blount County’s finest -- or at least funniest -- talent.

Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at Blount Today, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Dandy Lions, Southland Books and United Way of Blount County.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call 865-981-2000 or 865-982-2251.

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