Arkansas City, KS–Arkansas City’s community theatre, Ark Valley Players, is happy to announce tickets are available for the rollicking, foot-stomping, hand-clapping musical Cotton Patch Gospel. With book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, it’s the “Greatest Story Ever Told” in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. Performances are August 19 and 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic, climate-controlled Burford Theatre, 118 South Summit Street, Arkansas City (KS). Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.
Directors Dejon Ewing and Stephen Butler are excited to share the work of their talented cast members Jason Brewer, Spencer MacLaughlin, Jodie Stanley and Eric Swanson, all of Arkansas City, along with Thomas Meyer of Ponca City.
Dramatic Publishing writes, “This ‘Greatest Story Ever Retold’ is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As this Gospel begins, they sing that ‘Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.’ Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is killed by local thugs only to rise again. Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators.”
Patrons interested in including dinner in their show plans will enjoy a meal of brisket, country style green beans, scalloped potatoes, corn bread, salad, and apple cobbler along with their show ticket for $40 each. “Show Only” tickets are available for balcony seating at just $15 each. For tickets call 620-442-3045.