Bright Lights; Little City:

The Public Television Documentary

Bright Lights; Little City: 50 Years of The Cumberland County Playhouse, serves as a celebration of one rural Appalachian Community which embraced Creativity without reservation, ensured success in self-determination and through five decades has pursued the joy of self-discovery through the Arts.

“Through the voices of stars like Bob Gunton, Mandy Barnett, Julie Ann Emery, the Crabtree family, through the remembrances of locals who recall the theater as just a dream, with family memorabilia, production photos and with legacy footage from a variety of sources we share the history of a creative grand gamble that is still paying off for the actors, the audience and the entire Upper Cumberland Region. Just as importantly, by turning a lens on the skills of props, painters, stage managers, ‘fly’ operators, and the musicians secreted away beneath the stage, this film explores the blood-and-bone as well as the mechanical anatomy of a modern, successful theater through the unseen, talented few who bring the magic to so many. With the aid and interest of a community, they found a worthy, inspiring and lasting legacy. This is their story.”

-Todd Jarrell

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