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Christmas Dinner Production Opens Friday In Woodbury

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A disagreement between the judge, Mike Reed, and parent, Michael McGee, is handled uniquely.

A holiday tradition for many is the Christmas dinner and play at the Arts Center of Cannon County and it begins this coming Friday (12/7/2012). The modern playhouse, gallery and restaurant at 1424 John Bragg Highway in neighboring Woodbury is offering the off-broadway show "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"  

It's about six young people overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. The production hillariously shows their struggle to find their place in the world. Despite lofty parental expectations, six-syllable words, and the pangs of puberty, these six kids with a worship of words discover how to spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S as they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. Some of the lucky audience members will be chosen to compete on-stage, spelling “taradiddle,” “slobberknocker,” or even “poppysmic” themselves. 

Directed by Robert Hiers, this show featuresArtsCenterfavorites Mike Reed, Michael McGee, David Winton, and Matthew Hunter. Rounding out this talented cast are Diane Bearden-Enright, Kate Byrd, Tricia Todd Marisa Davila, and Josh Issac.

Performances are December 7th through 22nd with dinner at 6:30PM on Friday and Saturday nights and 1:30PM Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $28 per person and include dinner, drink, dessert and the show. 

Phone 615-563-ARTS (2787) for more information or to make reservations. You can also go to their website:

The Arts Center of Cannon County was founded in 1990, and this award-winning facility has become a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an under-served rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually attracts more than 40,000 visitors from a region covering over a 100-mile radius.  Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship. 

The Arts Center of Cannon County is partially funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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