Kings and Queens of Country

By in Arts & Music

Dust off your cowboy boots and mosey over to St. Jacobs for Kings & Queens of Country, a hand-clappin’, foot-stompin’ theatrical salute to the extraordinary artists who put Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on the map. This country music extravaganza is guaranteed to raise the roof at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre now to December 24.

In this energetic production, audiences venture to the honky tonks and saloons of country music’s glorious past for a nostalgic trip to a simpler time. Featuring over 100 unforgettable songs by such distinctive artists as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and many, many more, this lively revue goes back to the very roots of country music.

Director Alex Mustakas (Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment) has assembled an exceptionally talented company to breathe new life into the golden age of country music, including: Al Braatz, Tyler Check, Michael Cox, Kevin Dempsey, J. Sean Elliott, Earl Filsinger, Kelly Holiff, Julia McLellan and Steve Thomas.

The performers do it all – they sing, they dance, they play multiple instruments. The barrage of talent on stage is showcased as cast members pay homage to the ‘Kings and Queens of Country’ performing songs made famous by a variety of music icons.

While the production is a celebration of music, it also boasts a healthy dose of comedy. J. Sean Elliott gets loads of laughs as the goofy narrator Wilbur telling some tongue-in-cheek jokes and singing a few comic ditties like the silly song “May the Birds of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”.

Al Braatz plays bass and shines on a number of tunes, but especially in the Conway Twitty medley including the popular tune “Hello Darlin’.” Guitar player and vocalist Tyler Check impresses the crowd with his rendition of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” among other hits, and Michael Cox wins hearts with his dynamic rendition of the Hank Snow hit “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Julia McLellan and Kelly Holiff salute many ‘Queens of Country’ with powerful vocals, but these terrific singers really soar on Dolly Parton hits like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.” Kevin Dempsey, Earl Filsinger, and Steve Thomas round out the stellar cast on guitar, drums and keys.

Those who attend the show in this intimate venue will also be treated to a set that looks like it came right out of a movie and costumes that sparkle with sequins, shimmy with fringe, and of course, no shortage of cowboy hats and boots.

Kings & Queens of Country is on stage now to December 24 at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre. Tickets are $46 for Adults and $27 for Youth under 20 years of age.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/kings-queens-country or by calling the Box Office toll free at 1-855-drayton
(372-9866).