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About the Playhouse

Providing quality theatrical performances for over 58 years, the Community Playhouse, Inc. is one of the oldest community theatres in Middle Tennessee. Located at the historic South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the Playhouse offers Coffee, Franklin, Moore, Bedford Counties, and other area residents a variety of opportunites to act, sing, dance, and to create technical illusions through staging, lighting, costuming, and make-up. Our volunteers serve in many capacities to bring live theatre to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Officers 2012-2013

Pres: Debbie Sanders
V Pres: Peggy Heyden
Sec: Heather Kleinfeld
Treas: Todd Nichols
Librarian: Janet Veeneman
Historian: Lucy Boss




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Community Playhouse Moves To Motlow For Grease: The Musical

Due to scheduling conflicts with the South Jackson Civic Center, the center's resident theatrical group, Community Playhouse, is partnering with Motlow State Community College to perform Grease: The Musical.

The musical will be directed by Karrington Long with musical direction by Corwin Davis.

Production dates for Grease will be July 26, 27, 28 and August 2, 3, 4 in the Motlow auditorium.

Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love and friendship of adolescence. The score attempts to recreate the sound of early rock and roll.

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To present: Jamie Harden’s “Ultimate Oldies Show”

Are you ready to “Rock Around the Clock” with “Be Bop a Lula” or go “Dancin’ in the Streets” in your “Blue Suede Shoes”? Then “Good Golly Miss Molly” you need to head on down to the Community Playhouse, Inc.’s final show of its 2012-13 Season at South Jackson Civic Center on the weekend of May 31 – June 2, 2013, and join in the fun!

For their last production of the season, The Community Playhouse, Inc. decided to step away from the typical theater production of a play and broaden its venue to a locally written show. To this end they enlisted Jamie Harden to present his Ultimate Oldies Show which is a trip back to the 50’s and 60’s where teenagers and adults were Rockin’ Around the Clock to the most exciting music ever created. Complete with a live band, singers, dancers and actors you’ll go back to a time of Doo Wop groups and hoola hoops, drive ins and car fins. You’ll enjoy the “oldies but goodies” from legends such as Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Platters, and a host of girl groups just to name a few.

The show is the brainchild of Jamie Harden of Manchester who produced his first “Oldies” show in 2010. The show was so popular in the Manchester circles that he has produced two succeeding events and expanded his repertoire each time. The Tullahoma production will include the “best” of the previous shows and add some additional entertainment including several skits from television shows of the 50’s and 60’s to add even more fun.

To make the show all the more fun those attending are encouraged to dress in 50’s and 60’s attire (encouraged but not required!) and although it is a performance, dancing in the aisles is always open if audience members are so inclined!

The cast of the Ultimate Oldies includes regulars: Jamie Harden, Cliff Roberts, John David Toliver, Steve Lawson, Brooke Hazen, Jackie Connelly, Becky Harden, Annie Clements and Karen Wainwright. The Tullahoma performance will also include newcomers to the show: K. Leigh Wilson, Laurie Burger, Wayne Stephens, Noel Clements, Jim Shemwell, Victoria Brooksbank and Carey Street in various new roles and numbers.

The performance comes complete with its own band of musicians including: Robert Hiers and Dana Brooks on keyboard; Gary Kiviniemi, drums,; Greg Johnson, guitar; Tom Connelly, bass; Randy Damewood, trumpet; Scott Keen, Saxophone; and Russell Tarver, percussion.

This show has a limited one weekend run Friday, May 31, 2013 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, June 1, 2013 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday June 2, 2013 (2:00 p.m.) thus interested parties are encouraged to make their reservations soon as tickets are already going quickly.

Tickets may be purchased online by going to www.communityplayhouse.org and clicking on the “Buy Tickets Now” button where date and seat selection are available, or those interested in phone in reservations may call either of the playhouse numbers” 931-455-0620 or 931-581-7767.


The Community Playhouse, Inc. is definitely on the move as it begins its 58th year of providing live theater in our area. We need your support as a business partner in our community to continue our tradition of providing Quality Theater in our area. It is a fact that Communities that provide artistic venues also thrive better in the business arena. As you consider your support level, here are some facts about us that may help you:


• The oldest active Community Playhouse offering live theater in the Middle Tennessee area.

• An all-volunteer, self-supporting organization that receives NO city, county or state funds.

• A separate organization from South Jackson Civic Association.

• Financed only from ticket sales, business advertising, grants, and personal contributions.


• Pay the royalties and licensing for plays - this can be up to $5000 for some musical shows.

• Pay monthly rent to South Jackson Civic Association for use of stage, rehearsal and storage space.

• Provide sets, lights, sound, costumes, props, and the many other components required for play production.

• Plan for the future seasons and the possibility of new venues.

• Provide financial assistance to any performers who may not be able to incur the cost of being in a show.

• Provide scholarships to young people who wish to pursue music and theater careers.

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