"Grits: The Musical" Is Cookin’ Up Something Hillarious in The Cherry Theater at Columbia State

(Columbia, Tenn. – September 19, 2011) - - - It’s sweet as ice tea, southern as collard greens, and funny as all-get-out! It’s “Grits: The Musical.” The First Farmer’s Performance Series presented by Columbia State Community College is pleased to welcome this production by Deborah Ford as the first of two theater productions for the 2011-2012 Season. “Grits: The Musical” will make its Columbia, Tenn. debut in the Cherry Theater in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia campus, Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m.

“We think ‘Grits: The Musical’ will be a show that women (and men) of all ages will really enjoy,” said Beth Duffield, Director of Alumni Relations and Community Events for Columbia State. “It’s a show that all of us girls who were raised in the south can really relate to, and it might just give those who weren’t raised in the south a little insight to what makes the rest of us tick! It’s the kind of show that keeps you laughing from start to finish.”

“GRITS: The Musical” is a laugh-out-loud stage show that will take you through the heart of the South. The cast is four women, from their 20s to their 60s. Each woman is an individual storyteller and vocalist, and every story carries a song. This show will have you laughing and crying, and it will transport you back in time. It’s all about reminiscing, sittin’ on the front porch, travelin’ with your best friends, celebratin’ with down-home meals, and the “Dos and Don’ts” of being a proper Southern gal.

Based on the best-selling book “Friends Are Forevah” by Deborah Ford, “GRITS: The Musical” was conceived by, produced by, directed by, written by, and performed by Erica McGee, a singer and actress out of Tennessee who got her start at Dollywood. In the musical, she plays Georgia, who is described as the youngest of the four; still catching on and still having fun. “We invite everyone to come out and meet Georgia and her friends Virginia, Florence and Charlotte,” said Duffield.

Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. To charge tickets by phone, call (931) 540-2879. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased at the Columbia State Community College ticket office Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The ticket box office will open one hour prior to each performance in the Waymon L. Hickman Building, Room 100A. All performances in the series will be in the Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia campus.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation.

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