Ark Valley Players Bringing ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’ To Burford Theatre

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Ark City’s community theatre, Ark Valley Players, has announced tickets are available for the “rollicking, foot-stomping, hand-clapping” musical Cotton Patch Gospel.

“Based on the 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,” a press release from AVP said.

Performances are Aug.19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burford Theatre, 118 South Summit Street, in Ark City. Dinner starts at 6 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,” the press release said.

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.

“Learn more about this great show and its cast, as well as how you can become involved with Ark Valley Players, by visiting our website www.arkvalleyplayers.com or finding us on Facebook.”

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