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Scopes Festival adds bluegrass competition

A bluegrass competition will liven up the 29th annual Scopes Festival July 15, as bands and individual performers are invited to compete for more than $5,000 in total prizes. “We’re excited to announce this new event and expect it to be an important part of the Scopes Festival from now on,” festival chairman Tom Davis said. “We are pleased with the response from area bands and musicians to this event and believe bluegrass lovers in the area will have a great time listening to music and enjoying other parts of the festival.” Mr. Davis said the bluegrass ...

Front Page News 2017 Casting Calls for Chattanooga, Spring City, Dayton

DAYTON, Tenn. – The Scopes Festival is looking for men, women, teens and children who are interested in theatre and history to join the cast of Front Page News, the Festival’s annual recreation of the Scopes Evolution Trial in Dayton. Individuals interested in major, supporting and general roles in the play are invited to auditions at Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City (184 West Jackson Ave.) on April 15, 1:30 p.m. EDT, and in Chattanooga at 5 p.m. EDT on April 24, at the Chattanooga State Community College Theatre. Callbacks will be held as needed in the ...

Scopes Festival and Tennessee Valley Theater partners for the 29th annual Scopes Festival

The Scopes Festival and Tennessee Valley Theater are joining hands this year as the community prepares to celebrate the 29th annual Scopes Festival July 14-23. “TVT will be handling ticket sales for the festival, members of their technical crew will help with lights and sound and some of their actors will be invited to appear on stage for the Scopes play Front Page News,” said festival Chairman Tom Davis. “TVT has a wonderful history of producing top-notch plays and presenting other entertainment throughout the year. We are delighted that the TVT leadership ...

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Scopes Scavenger Hunt presented by Spring City LEO Club

The Spring City LEO Club invites you to be part of their second annual Scavenger Hunt on July 16 at the Scopes Trial Festival. Teams consist of 4 members with at least one being over the age of 18. Registration is from 9:30 - 10:45 AM and is $8.00 per team. The Scavenger Hunt starts at 11:00 AM and lasts until 3:00 PM. Great prizes for the top 3 finishing teams.

John Scopes to be major focus at 2016 Scopes Festival

28th Annual Scopes Festival to take closer look at John Scopes John Scopes was almost the forgotten player in his famous trial in 1925, but he will be a major focus of the 28th annual Scopes Festival July 15-17. Scopes was overshadowed by the famous attorneys who argued the case – William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow – but two of his grand-nieces are expected to attend the festival to meet guests and answer questions about their famous relative. In addition, two authors of books about the trial will be on hand. Nancy Rose and Lisa Rennegarbe, of ...

Randy Waller to headline Scopes Festival Music

Randy Waller, headliner for the musical offerings of the 28th annual Scopes Festival, understands the importance of history and heritage; he lives it every performance. Randy, son of Charlie Waller, one of the original Country Gentlemen bluegrass band, will present a free concert on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Drawing on his father’s legacy touched by his own creative flair, Randy will perform bluegrass standards as well as his own tunes. “The Country Gentlemen were one of the top bluegrass groups in the 1950s and ...

Scopes Scavenger Hunt: Can You Find It?

DAYTON, Tenn. – Can you find it? Back for its second year, the Spring City Leo Club, youth branch of the Spring City Lions Club, will sponsor the Scopes Scavenger Hunt, challenging participants to figure out “what happened here” at a number of places related to the 1925 Scopes trial. LEO Club members invite teams of four each to sign up for the hunt at the Rhea County Courthouse beginning Saturday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to each team member for the top three teams. Beginning at the courthouse, each team will be given clues to guide them ...

“Front Page News” preview May 7

Members of the cast of Front Page News, the play with music about the Scopes Trial, will perform during Dayton’s Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 7 in Centennial Park adjoining the courthouse. At 3:30 p.m., following the parade, the cast will perform several songs and some dialogue from William Jennings Bryan (played by George Miller) and Clarence Darrow (played by Rick Dye). Director Jim Crabtree, consulting producer with the Cumberland County Playhouse, said the performance will give festival-goers a preview of the Scopes Trial drama that will be presented in ...