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Positions available for Scopes Trial play

front-page-news-slideDayton’s Scopes Trial Festival and Cumberland County Playhouse continue casting on May 12 at 6:30PM EDT, for the 2015 co-production of FRONT PAGE NEWS. The hit play with music sold out and was held over in July, 2014’s premiere of the new work. There are good roles for men, women, teens and kids as Playhouse director Jim Crabtree expands the cast of “The People of Dayton”, who open and close the show, and take on roles–lawyers, witnesses, reporters, jurors, local citizens and leaders—in the famous events of 1925’s “Monkey Trial”. Issues of faith and freedom remain strong today, as when William Jennings Bryan faced Clarence Darrow, over Tennessee’s new law banning the teaching of evolution.

Casting is Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm in historic Scopes Trial Courtroom, on the second floor of 1880’s-vintage Rhea County Courthouse. Crabtree and Grammy-nominated songwriter Bobby Taylor of Nashville and Crossville, composer and co-lyricist of new FRONT PAGE NEWS songs, will lead a group casting session, see individual readings, monologues and songs, and schedule later dates with those interested. The show runs weekends July 17-19 during the 90th Anniversary Scopes Festival, and July 25-26. Tickets are at 931 484 5000 and

Adults, teens and kids 9 years and older—with and without theater experience—are invited. Short prepared audition texts are welcome—30 seconds to one minute in length—but not required. All will be asked to introduce themselves to the group in a strong voice, sing with others on the hymn “Blessed Assurance, and join on new Taylor/Crabtree songs, “We Are a Town” and “We Have the Freedom”, to get a taste of the show. Candidates interested in, or who seem right for specific roles will be identified for future “callbacks”.

Also welcome are those with “behind the scenes“ experience in costumes, lighting, and production, in community, school, church and college theater and music projects. Those attending are asked to share contact information and register with Mandy Dearman at or (931)484-4324, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm CDT.

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

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Fun Fact


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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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