November 2012

TVT to hold auditions! (Sorry for such short notice)

Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City will hold auditions for Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie on December 4 & 5, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 6:30 PM . Needed are one woman (age 40-50), one woman (age 20-30) and two men (ages 20-30). Morgan Robbins is the director. Performance dates are February 9-17, 2013.
The Glass Menagerie was first produced in 1944. Williams was launched into fame and made victim to the forties’ equivalent of literary paparazzi because of it. The play revolves around a young man begrudgingly supporting the family his father has abandoned. It also features a painfully shy and slightly crippled sister character, whose preoccupation with a collection of glass animals draws her away from reality. Set against the backdrop of the depression, the family struggles together with the past, the future, and one another. For more information, go to

Check out Tennessee Valley Theatre on Facebook for a sneak peak at music numbers from the original musical “The Least Of These”!

As you attend “The Least of These” at TVT, please bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Ekklesia Bible Tabernacle

They have been distributing Thanksgiving food boxes to the elderly for years. In January 2010 the church expanded its ministry to monthly food boxes for the elderly on fixed incomes and other needy families experiencing economic hardship. The highest number of families our church was able to serve was 43 families (77 people).

Recently, due to one source of food donations shutting down and another source limiting the availability to our organization, Ekklesia has had to cut the number of households served.

Ekklesia would greatly appreciate any help that we receive in order to serve the elderly and needy of our area.

Thanks in advance for helping out this local ministry in conjunction with our Christmas presentation of “The Least of These”, an original play/musical by Thomas Rodgers.

AUTHOR’S NOTE on Least of These:

The impetus for writing this play was at a play selection meeting where Harry Landreth asked, “What Christmas play should we do?” and without thinking, I blurted out, “Hunter (Rodgers) and I can write you one!” After that I was on the hook. Hunter was a lot less enthusiastic than I was, so it pretty well fell to me, though he has had valuable input and has been more than generous in his criticism.

The inspiration for the story came from two background sources – the gospels and an old German Christmas legend in a child’s book that I received at some 1950’s Christmas. These are the play’s foundation. Over this base are layered observations on human territoriality. Grizzlies will fight over a small land area they claim. Humans will fight, literally or figuratively, over just about any damn thing they claim! In a recently read book on geology, I was amazed at how rational, civilized scientists would furiously claim and contest some small patch of rock outcropping and defend their interpretation of it. Most of human history is a continuous string of squabbles over claimed territories – land, beliefs, religion, customs, social systems – you name it (see any war in the past), but, for the material in this play, I didn’t need to look veryfar outside of Rhea County. Two examples in this work are Saul and the merchants’ claiming of theirblock and May’s claiming of Christmas.

I had always wanted to write a musical and saw this as the opportunity. There are some recycled songs here that were written long ago as well as ones written specifically for this show. Incidentally, the acronyms NIMBY and TIWOC, the titles of two of the songs, are not my inventions. The story is meant to be lightly humorous and entertaining. How well it succeeds is up to the audience.

Thomas Rodgers

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