The Legion Theatre to feature Johnny Cash tribute band, improv
by Marie Nesmith
Jan 03, 2013 | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Prior to the opening of the comedy “Run for Your Wife” on Jan. 25, The Pumphouse Players’ venue will play host to a pair of entertainment offerings — “A Night with Johnny Cash” and “Improv at The Legion Theatre.” For the theater group, extending The Legion’s programming to include events other than stage productions is necessary to reach a wider audience.

“What we are trying to do is to be a true community theater, something for anyone who is interested in any facet of the performing arts,” said Mike Harris, president of The Pumphouse Players, a community theater group that operates The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville. “We have tried improv over the years and it’s been one of our most successful of all of our special events and that’s what we have coming up in a couple of weeks. And that will be run and emceed by my wife, Teresa. The other things that we are trying is special events, such as the live tribute to Johnny Cash that’s coming up this Saturday.

“We’ve also successfully had a film series this summer and we’re still testing, we’re still working on the viability of showing motion pictures. Then this past Christmas season we did a live radio show for WBHF that played the Sunday before Christmas. So we’ve really tried a number of different things, plus we’ve had a birthday party, we have a memorial service coming up later in March that the theater is rented for. So by doing a variety of things, we hope to attract a variety of people.”

On Saturday, Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats will present the tribute show, “A Night with Johnny Cash” at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $10 per person, can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

The concert will be followed by “Improv at The Legion Theatre” Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Featuring The Attention Deficit Players, the offering will provide the public an opportunity to try out their improvisational skills.

“If someone’s always wanted to try their hand at improv but have always been unsure about it, they can come in, put their name on a slip of paper, put it into the hat and I will draw names at random to come up and perform,” Teresa Harris said. “There’s no pressure. If someone calls someone’s name and they don’t want to [participate], they can decline.

“... Some of the funniest improv is what you do just playing a character and not trying to come up with funny lines. Improv is ... about listening to each other and working with each other to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.”

Tickets — free for Pumphouse Players members and $5 for non-members — will be available at the door. For more information about The Legion Theatre’s entertainment schedule, visit or call 770-387-2610.