Our Next Production


BY: Billy St. John

SPONSORED BY: Metz Banking Company

DIRECTED BY: Samantha Hartman

WHERE: Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main St., Nevada MO 64772

PRODUCTION DATES: Thursday, Friday & Saturday February 14th-16th @ 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee on February 17th @2:00 pm.

Here comes the bride! Actually, we should say brides — four of them supposedly, to marry a quartet of love-starved citizens. The husbands-to-be include two bachelors, lumberjack (and hero) Forrest Green and saloon owner Lucky Betts, and two widowers, grizzled prospector Grubby Shurtz and respectable banker C.D. Nichols. If only their brides were real! The unscrupulous and shifty lawyer, Big Harry Deal, has hired an actress, Starr Billings, to impersonate all four fiancés. Starr (and the actress who plays her!) has a quite a job, needing to portray schoolmarm Modesty Virtue for Forrest, saloon hostess Lola Palooza for Lucky, prospector Golda Miner for Grubby, and society matron Indigo Bloodline for C.D. Harry’s scheme is to lure the bridegrooms into a mine shaft on the night of the quadruple wedding and blow them up, leaving Starr a wealthy widow to all four. The plan goes astray when Forrest realizes he’s actually in love with Grubby’s tomboy daughter, Calico (our heroine). The hilarious climax with all four fiancés seen simultaneously (in a frenzy of costume changes!) will make you think twice before saying ’I do’ — at least ’til you know who to! (Pioneer Drama Service)

CCPA announces new season and fund drive

Still here, going strong since 1973, thanks to you, our loyal supporters! We can never thank you enough, and we ask for your continued support of our 2018 fund drive goal of $10,000. We know from experience that this goal will be needed to fund our season and keep up with the maintenance and operations expense at the historic Fox Playhouse.

We are pleased to announce an exciting new season of plays for 2018-2019. Director Richard Daut returns with the Futrelle sisters’ third hilarious installment in Southern Hospitality, a comedy by Jones, Hope and Wooten, Oct. 11-14. Also, on October 21-22, CCPA again joins the Bushwhacker Museum to put on a Historic Tour of Deepwood Cemetery. December 13-16 will bring you It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Playadapted by Joe Landry and directed by Jason Fowler.  In spring 2019, we present Males Order Brides – or Big Harry Deal’s Scandalous Scheme, by Billy St. John and directed by Sam Hartman, Feb. 14-17, and Drinking Habits, a comedy by Tom Smith, Apr. 11-14. Our summer children’s musical will be Seussical Jr., June 27-30, directed by Crystal Bridger and Sheila Gunn Peters. Five-event season tickets are available; secure a seat for all the plays!  A five-event ticket costs just $25.  Order yours at CCPA, PO Box 754, Nevada, MO, or add your order and payment with your donation.  A season ticket may be used for multiple punches for the same production if you wish.  Five punches are available.

Our goal is always to promote the performing arts in our community. The costs of maintaining our home are substantial, and we want to provide a season of community entertainment with multiple events each year. We must focus on upgrading our front of house and provide for more space backstage for actors to move around and for storage of sets and equipment. Your donation is a crucial part of our fund drive goal of $10,000 to keep the historic Fox Playhouse a feature in our community of which we can all be proud. We would also love for you to volunteer with us. If you would like to help in any way (build sets, distribute flyers, sell tickets and concessions), please email us, and a CCPA board member will be in touch.

You may print and complete a donation card and mail your donation to CCPA, P.O. Box 754, Nevada, MO 64772. You can also donate online with our secure PayPal link using your credit card. Your gift will be acknowledged in our program books throughout the season and on our website because you are an important part of keeping the performing arts alive in Nevada and the surrounding community. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Thanks for being our partners! – from the CCPA Board:  Tom, Kim, Amanda, Anne, Gracie, Megan, Jason, Sam, Crystal, Sheila and Tom

P.S.  Order your season tickets now to start our season with Southern Hospitality!

Theater Camp News

CCPA’s first theater camp came to its completion with the July 27 production of Treasure Island.  Congratulations to the staff and the campers for their hard work and talent.  Assistance for this program was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.