“I haven't directed at Pumphouse in over five years,” McCrary said. “It's nice to come back to a place where I started [participating in community theater] in Cartersville and this play, part of the story is about Elvis Presley.
“This year is the 35th anniversary of his death and I thought it would be fun to do it. I [also] thought it would be fun because I have a soft spot for Memphis because I'm from not far from Memphis and my daughter went to college in Memphis [so] I've spent some time there.”
Directed by McCrary, the cast of “Radio T.B.S” will feature Karen Ruetz as Dixie Mandrell, Teresa Harris as Vesta Poteet, Corinne Scott as Pauline Felts, Ann Dalton Burgess as Alveeta McClay, Annette Nellums as Mary Eunice Wheaton, Alesia Silcox as Imogene Hurst, Lynn Pritchett as Madge Huskey, Cathy McDaniel as Missy Goode, Christie Peters as Harlene Akers and Lindsay Olsen as Mayola Felts.
“The play is about women who live in The Luna Del Mar trailer community in Florida,” McCrary said. “They do a drive-by live nativity each year and this year they decided to do a tribute to the kings — Elvis and Jesus, a drive-by nativity. So you get the regular nativity and then you get Elvis too. And [the play] is called 'Radio T.B.S.' because they have a small radio station that broadcasts from their ... trailer park. Two ladies run the radio station and the action takes place all around them and [their] station.
“It's a lot of fun [and] it's crazy. It's 10 women and every one of them is different. It has been an amazing experience working with these 10 different women. It's just been a great deal of fun. There are some really funny things that happen and I think everybody would have a great time.”
To be held at The Legion Theatre in Cartersville, “Radio T.B.S.” will be presented Aug. 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for flex passes and pre-paid groups of 10 or more patrons and $10 for PHP members.
Joining “Radio T.B.S.” in The Pumphouse Players 2012-2013 season will be “Wit,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “A Christmas Story,” “Run for Your Wife,” “Love Letters,” “Catfish Moon,” “Play On!,” “Picasso at Lapin Agile” and “A Little Princess.” For PHP President Mike Harris, the season's productions consist of a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and popular and lesser-known offerings.
“We try to do a wide spectrum of shows that are within the capability of The Legion Theatre to do,” Harris said. “We are a small stage, of course, and that limits us from doing musicals. So that's our first priority, is to choose shows that we can afford to do. Secondly, it really is a matter of submissions. We work on a system of where our local directors ... come to us and submit plays that they would like to produce for us. And we as the executive board read through those submissions and decide which ones we like based on the reputation of the director as well as a good mix of shows.
“Our mix of shows are just that, a mix. We try to do light comedies, we try to do something serious, we try to do something a little experimental, if you will, so that there's a little bit of everything for everyone. [This season] our shows range from Southern comedies like 'Catfish Moon' to our [Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards] nominee, which is coming up in the next show, which is 'Wit.' [It is] a very serious show that's on Broadway right now that deals with terminal cancer. But it's told in an engaging way that brings the audience in and it's very realistic.”
Along with its selection of plays, The Pumphouse Players will be extending its offerings this season at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. Following its Summer Classic Film Series, the PHP plans to offer acting classes for adults and children in the fall, Improv Night in September, a networking event, a screening of the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Halloween, a performance by a Johnny Cash tribute band, a costume ball and members-only events.
“We want to reinforce the fact that The Legion Theatre is Cartersville's and Bartow County's community theater [so we will be offering] more than just doing our regular selection of shows,” Harris said. “Of course, we will have classes coming up and we are going to have special events, everything from Improv Nights to perhaps we'll revisit karaoke again — anything at all that we can do to maintain our mandate, which is to present the performing arts to the local community for both people who want to participate and people who want to be patrons of it.
“So yes, we're branching out. One of the new things that we're going to be doing and actively promoting is the rental of our venue for the first time. For the first time, we will make both the theater space and our very large lobby/rehearsal space ... available for rental on an availability basis. ... The fees will be very reasonable and compatible with other theater venues in the region.”
For more information about the PHP's offerings or to obtain tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.