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Cumberland County Playhouse

Cumberland County Playhouse
221 Tennessee Avenue
931-484-5000

History:

In 1963, Crossville, Tennessee was a town you passed through on the way to other places. Located in Cumberland County, the town and surrounding Appalachian region was economically depressed. Resort and recreational development was in its infancy. High unemployment and poverty was normal.

In December of that year, Paul Crabtree's The Perils of Pinocchio was presented at the Crossville Junior High School with a cast, crew and orchestra of 200 youngsters. The performance electrified the community. to a community with no museums, college, university, live performance organizations, one movie theater and an hour-and-a-half drive to the nearest city, the idea was extremely compelling that Pinocchio might be the beginning of new educational horizons for their children.

Civic and cultural leaders asked Crabtree how they could keep things like Pinocchio happening in Crossville. He replied, "Well, you'd have to build a theater. The old junior high auditorium isn't even safe." Remarkably, in a town of 5,000, in a county of 25,000, that's exactly what they did. The entire community got behind the idea of the Playhouse because people believed it could make a vital contribution to education and the local economy and help create some new jobs.

The Cumberland County Playhouse is now the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America. It serves more than 145,000 visitors annually with two indoor and two outdoor states, young audience productions, a comprehensive dance program, a concert series and touring shows. The Cumberland County Playhouse is the only non-profit professional performing arts organization in Tennessee that wholly owns and operates its own major performance facility.

The Playhouse is committed to the arts as an indigenous, homegrown part of rural America - not a commodity imported from urban centers. The Playouse regularly produces new works based upon Tennessee and Southeastern history and culture, plus state and regional premieres and revivals of works with Appalachian themes. The Playhouse also strives to stretch its audiences with programming which includes major elements of opera, dance, and challenging dramatic works. The Playhouse features nearly 500 performances and 1600 classes in theatre, music and dance annually.

The Cumberland County Playhouse provides arts opportunities to a vast region underserved by other arts resources, including rural East and Middle Tennessee, North Georgia, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama, as well as metropolitan Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. In 1984, the Cumberland County Playhouse was the recipient of one of the Governor's Awards in the Arts for the state of Tennessee.

With an annual budget of over $1,800,000, the Playhouse is among Tennessee's most sufficient arts institutions. Since its opening in 1965, 78 - 85% of all revenues have been from earned income, including funding of the construction of the original facility. The Playhouse operates on a balanced budget and has no accumulated deficit. Construction of a 27,000 square foot expansion to the original facility has recently been completed, making the Playhouse a four-theater complex featuring proscenium, black box and outdoor arena spaces.

Combining a resident professional company and a staff of 16 with more than 100 visiting professionals and a large volunteer corps, the Playhouse draws professionals from across the country and volunteers from a dozen Tennessee counties. Over 50% of all revenues are expended for professional artist compensation. The Playhouse has been managed and directed by two generations of the Crabtree family since 1965.



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Upcoming Events at Cumberland County Playhouse

Performance: Holiday Inn

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 10:30am
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

A Sanders Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Friday, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 10:30am
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

A Sanders Family Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

A Sanders Family Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 11:00am
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 at 10:30am
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

Performance: Holiday Inn

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

Performance: Holiday Inn

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

A Sanders Family Christmas

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at 1:00pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 at 10:30am
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

Performance: Holiday Inn

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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Performance: Holiday Inn

A Sanders Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 at 2:30pm
Crossville, TN
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A Sanders Family Christmas

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