More than two years after a pandemic shutdown, Pull-Tight Players celebrated an abbreviated season with a 1970s-themed event. The 53rd Knot Awards Banquet took place at the Fieldstone Farms community clubhouse in Franklin, Tenn. Board member parliamentarian Leslie Berra and outgoing board member and vice-president Jeanne Drone served as co-chairs of the celebration. Themed costumes, food from Martin’s Barbecue, classic songs, and numerous awards helped to fill the evening with laughter and cheers.[Read more…]
This year’s Knot Awards Banquet promises to be a groovy, far-out evening! The event will be ‘70s themed. Attendees are encouraged to dress in the style of the era, or as their favorite iconic ‘70s character.
Admission will include a fabulous dinner from Martin’s Barbecue, wonderful entertainment, a costume contest, and surprises galore! And, of course, we will honor our amazing volunteers from the 2021-22 Pull-Tight Players season.
Tickets will be available through June 18, or until they sell out.
The 53rd Knot Awards Banquet
Saturday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.
Fieldstone Farms Clubhouse, 1530 Lexington Parkway, Franklin
$30 per person
If you hear the unusually mixed strains of Country Western and Opera music wafting from Pull-Tight Players Theatre on a weeknight in March, don’t be alarmed. Cast and crew members are busily preparing for the Tennessee debut of Madame Buttermilk, a musical comedy by Ross Carter.
The cast is as follows:
Carly – Chelsea Craig
Connor – Lee Davies, Jr.
Ford – Roger Csaki
Art – Jim Maden
Swaggart – Julie Murphy
Beemer – Art Peach
Kit – Meghan Russell
Dody – Daryle Tallent
Car Man – Stan Ferguson
Car Man – Mark Buchanan
Madame Buttermilk tells the story of Carly Speranza, who dreams of starring in the title role of the opera Carmen. When a phone call seemingly destined by fate pushes Carly into the limelight, it looks like a dream come true. Unfortunately, that chance of a lifetime puts her in the precarious position between earning stock and becoming the laughingstock.
Ross Carter’s family-friendly original musical promises to please patrons of all ages.
Co-directors Laurel Aiello and Beth Woodruff previously led Pull-Tight’s 2017 production of Legally Blonde.
The show will run April 1 through 16. General tickets will go on sale March 21.
The Pull-Tight Board of Directors has announced that our originally scheduled production of The Elephant Man will be replaced in the season lineup with audience favorite, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Carmela Hofstee, Board President, states, “During these ever-changing and challenging times, we need something light to look forward to. Live theatre is a highlight in many people’s lives, and we have been excited to reopen our theater this month with the well-received Crimes of the Heart, a “dramedy” that has totally enchanted our audiences.
“Crimes will be followed by Madame Buttermilk, an original musical that already boasts a stellar cast and promises to be a hilarious and charming evening. We wanted to end the season by bringing this classic comedy back to our stage, which reminds us that in the midst of differences, we can still find joy, camaraderie, and laughter.”
Either in the original version or as The Female Odd Couple, this show has been performed on the Pull-Tight stage six times.
The fun begins as fastidious and tightly wound Felix Unger, just separated from his wife, moves in with recently divorced Oscar Madison, whose slovenly and careless ways probably contributed to the breakup of his own marriage. A cast of poker-playing buddies and a date night with the Pigeon sisters round out an evening of hilarity that is also full of heart.
Director JK Gregg states, “Although The Elephant Man is a play close to my heart and I hope to direct it in the near future, I’m looking forward to being in the theatre with an opportunity to laugh every night. I think we can all stand a little bit more laughter right now.”
The Odd Couple will run May 27 through June 11 at Pull-Tight Players Theatre in Franklin. General tickets will go on sale May 16.
Cindy Davis Massey, director of the upcoming production of Crimes of the Heart for Franklin’s Pull-Tight Players, announced her cast for the show. The announcement follows the first show auditions the organization has held in two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley, first appeared on the Pull-Tight stage during the 1989-1990 season. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. The story details the lives of three sisters in mid-20th century Mississippi.
Director Davis Massey and stage manager Jeanne Drone appeared in the first Pull-Tight production of the play.
‘Crimes of the Heart’ cast
From upper left:
Nicole Turner as Lenny
Rachel Humphrey as Meg
Nathan Fink as Doc
Joey Echeverria as Barnette Lloyd
Bre Hall as Babe
Breanna Theobold as Chick
Davis Massey reminisced about her appearance in the first Pull-Tight production.
“In 1990 the late Wesley Fox cast me in the role of Meg MaGrath. I was thrilled and immediately became a fan of playwright, Beth Henley,” she said.
“There were so many different directions I could have gone with casting. We had a plethora of talent at auditions. What I ended up with is the perfect blend of actors to bring this story to life. They are energetic, experienced and eager to take the stage.”
“I am excited to bring live theatre back to Franklin and look forward to spending these next two months with this outstanding group of people.”
Crimes of the Heart will run February 4-19, 2022 at Pull-Tight Theater. General public tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. January 24.