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"Moon Over Buffalo" Opens Oct. 19
October 13, 2017

Need some laughter? Walters State promises to deliver plenty at the fall production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.” 
And this isn’t just a few laughs, but two acts of side-splitting, can’t stop, spill-out-of-your-chair kind of fun. The play combines situational comedy, some slapstick and a young cast with perfect timing to create an evening of fun.
Many of the cast members weren’t familiar with the play, but it did not take them long to claim their roles.
“Actors bring their ideas to the stage regardless of the production. During the rehearsals those ideas combine with the characters created by the writer,” said TJ Kent, instructor of theatre and director of the play. 
“This play is just hilarious. It’s a lot of physical comedy and the lines are great. The play moves pretty quickly,” Kent said.
The play features some relatively new faces to area theatre audiences. This is mostly by design, as Kent hoped to create an interest in theater through last year’s large cast of zombies that participated in “Night of the Living Dead.” 
Lucas Townsend, who plays Paul, was one of those zombies. Jonathan Martinez and Caitlyn McCampbell are both making their acting debut.
Delaney Quaderer, who plays the lead once filled by the legendary comedienne Carol Burnett, is new to the Walters State Theatre but had impressive roles in high school. She is a musical theatre major from Sevierville. Tyler Thompson, cast as the lead male, played Kenickie in the spring production of “Grease.” His humor skills are polished in this production.
Other cast members include Leah Winstead, a theatre veteran, and Gage Coldwell, a freshman majoring in education.  Rebekah Frith plays Eileen. A theatre major, her past credits include Cha Cha in “Grease.” 
Autumn Leming is making her Walters State debut. She is also a musical theatre major, started acting at age 13 and has been in over 20 productions, including “Smoke on the Mountain” and “Junie B. Jones.” 
Ludwig is perhaps more famous for his other comedies, including “Lend Me A Tenor” and “Crazy for You.” In the eyes of many critics, “Moon Over Buffalo” delivers even more laughter than its more famous counterparts.
The play began its original run on Broadway in 1995. Stars Burnett and Philip Bosco were both nominated for Tony awards. 
“Moon Over Buffalo” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Reservations may be made by calling 423-585-6922 during the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. The box office opens an hour before showtime.