June 2014

Pump Boys and Dinettes: The Arts Center's Summer Musical is High-Octane Fun!

Author: Special to CH2

Somewhere in America’s heartland, between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, stands a roadside slice of heaven, for those who need a good rest from their highway travels. The four hard-working fellas at the gas station — Jim, Jackson, Eddie and L.M. — have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by ample quantities of time, great tunes and a few beers while they’re at it. And right next door, there’s a roadside eatery, the Double Cupp Diner, where the lovely Cupp sisters, Prudie and Rhetta, celebrate their famous home cooking and gift for song with the same zeal they bring to their kinship with the boys.

To look at it, you wouldn’t know that this little stop on Highway 57 is where all the action is, but trust us – once the boys get that guitar and bass fiddle revved up, you won’t want to be anywhere else.

The Arts Center’s summer show, running June 17 – July 27, Pump Boys and Dinettes is a delightful hybrid of concert and musical theatre, wherein the actors are also the musicians and play an exuberant blend of country, rock and pop music, making it a toe-tappin’ good time for the whole family! Directing the Arts Center’s production is the talented Robert Farley, co-founder of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory and its Artistic Director since its inception in 1992.

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“Totally terrific…It is such fun!!”The New York Times
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“This show is so much fun, I couldn’t wait to bring it to our stage,” enthused Kathi Bateson, CEO/President of the Arts Center. “I know everyone is going to have a fabulous time hanging out with the ‘the Cupp sisters and the boys!’”

Pump Boys premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre on July 10, 1981, transferring to the Colonnades Theatre in October of that year. It opened on Broadway at the Princess Theatre on Feb. 4, 1982, where it played 573 performances and was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical.

A Broadway revival is in the works, so it’s sure to come back to the Great White Way. For now, however, you can see it in the intimate surroundings of the Arts Center, and with just as much enjoyment (for – dare we say it – one-fourth the price)!

With heartache and hilarity, they perform the stories of their lives on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils. Pump Boys and Dinettes is a love song to family, friends and fried chicken.
Single Tickets will be on sale beginning May 19. Preview tickets June 17-19 are $34 for adults and $24 for children 4-15; from June 20 on, regular tickets are $44 for adults and $31 for children. Purchase tickets now by calling the Box Office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or go online to www.artshhi.com. 

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