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The courthouse yard during the Scopes Trial

The County Courthouse yard during the Scopes Trial in 1925

The Scopes Festival and Cumberland County Playhouse invite you to be part of history, as casting calls for the 2015 edition of “Front Page News” are set for April 11 and 12. This year the festival celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Scopes Evolution Trial, and the Playhouse celebrates its 50th anniversary season. The two will combine forces once again to present the smash-hit play with music and media, by CCP’s Jim Crabtree and Grammy-nominated Nashville songwriter Bobby Taylor, based on court transcripts and a drama by Tennessee playwright Deb Harbin. The play sold out and was "held over" in 2014. Casting calls are Saturday, April 11 at 7: 30 pm EDT, and Sunday April 12 at 3 pm EDT in the Rhea County Courthouse, each lasting about two hours. All interested should register with Mandy Dearman (, or call 931-484-4324 8am-5pm CDT, Monday-Friday. Prepared auditions (short song and reading or monologue) are welcome, but not essential, and will be scheduled individually with Ms. Dearman by phone. Callbacks may then be requested for specific roles. Pictures and resumes of professionals, aspiring pros, and experienced volunteers interested in this and/or other CCP projects, are welcome by email to Ms. Dearman, as are video auditions (with resumes) from those distant from Crossville and Dayton. Singing musicians and choir singers are especially welcome to audition, along with students from Bryan and other colleges, kids 9 and older, preachers, teachers, actors, attorneys and professors; students and all who enjoy history and hymns. Rehearsals begin late May in Dayton in the Scopes Courtroom on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sundays until July, when the schedule intensifies. FPN plays in the famous courtroom July 17-19 and July 24-26, 2015, where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow battled in 1925.

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Join us as we celebrate the history of what continues to be “The World’s Most Famous Court Trial.” - Tom Davis - Director

Upcoming Events

  1. Dames At Sea, Musical

    June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Dames At Sea, Musical

    June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Dames At Sea, Musical

    June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Fun Fact


years old

Bryan's age when he won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

“ All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution. ” - William Jennings Bryan
“ Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. ” - Clarence Darrow
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