Friday, April 13, 2007

Tucson: Waypoint Theatre Company presents "Cotton Patch Gospel"


From: Melanie David []
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 12:36 PM
Subject: press release for TTA




Waypoint Theatre Company proudly presents “Cotton Patch Gospel”, the toe-tappin’, hand-clappin’ bluegrass musical by Tom Key and Russell Treyz that is deep fried faith at its best!  Set in a barn in contemporary Georgia, and featuring a live bluegrass band, this “greatest story ever re-told” seamlessly weaves elements of humor and poignant drama to create a joyful celebration of life and love…Southern style!  Based upon the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Koinonia Farm/Habitat for Humanity founder Clarence Jordan, the Gospel is reverently and jubilantly presented live on stage with five men playing 48 roles.  It is the final and perhaps best musical work of renowned songwriter, Harry Chapin (“Cat’s In The Cradle” and “Taxi”).


“Cotton Patch Gospel” features the award-winning musical talent of five guest artists from the Desert Bluegrass Association including Tim O’Connor, Rudy Cortese, Ed Davenport, John Jensen, and Greg Morton, with Waypoint regulars Matt Felzien, Frank Gates, Tynan Orenn, Marc Sandin, and Rich Weeks.  There will be a 20 minute pre-show performance by the band prior to each performance featuring bluegrass favorites. Directed by Melanie David, with musical direction by Amy Haggard-Schoolman.  All performances are at the ASDB-Berger Performing Arts Center - 1200 West Speedway, with parking in the west parking lot off of Yucca .Ticket information, venue directions/parking information with sound clips of songs, and Clarence Jordan’s audio recording link of why he was inspired to write the Cotton Patch Gospel versions may be found at the company’s website at


Production dates: Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm

                               Sat, May 12 at 2pm and 7pm

                               Sun, May 13 at 2pm


Tickets on sale beginning April 15, 2007:  $18- adults       $10- children 5 to under 10 years

                                                                       $20 at the door              $15 pp. for groups of 15+ 


Waypoint Theatre Company (WTC) is southern Arizona’s premier faith-based theatre company.  Based in Oro Valley, WTC is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit live theatre organization with

a commitment to professionalism and artistically produced entertainment including faith-based, world view productions to southern Arizona communities.  As a producing and training organization, Waypoint seeks to produce quality live theatre that celebrates the joys and traditions of family and community.


Led by Artistic Director Melanie David, Waypoint Theatre Company continues working with various faith-based and community organizations based in southern Arizona to evaluate their needs and opportunities for professionally produced live theatre as an effective outreach, as well as providing a quality, family-oriented entertainment source. WTC is dedicated to foster an encouraging environment where individuals can uniquely blend and enrich their Christian faith with artistic gifts.


Contact information: 

President/Artistic Director: Melanie David

 (520) 742-9079/ or

Member Tucson Pima Arts Council

Member Greater Oro Valley Arts Council

Member Christians In Theatre Arts



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