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November Newsletter – Plateau Players' BRIGHT STAR & More!

Plateau Players to Present Bright Star Musical This Week

The Plateau Players are set to present an exciting bluegrass musical production this week. Come see us take the stage on November 10, 11, and 12 at the Scott Christian Care Center's Blackbox Theatre in Oneida, Tennessee. The show features a huge cast of local actors, singers, and dancers who will take you back in time, on a journey of heartache and healing, through the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and 1940s. Our players will take you from a little mountain town to a busy train station, from the city of Asheville to the office of a successful southern magazine, from a small bookshop to a hopping square dance… and beyond! To top off the experience, themed refreshments will be available for purchase at intermission– enjoy our southern biscuit bar and a cup of fizzy lemonade.

The Plateau Players have been rehearsing the show since early September and are thrilled to perform again for our local community! To ensure you’ll have a seat at the performance of your choice, click here and purchase your tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door before each performance. Please contact Tracey Stansberry at with any questions you may have about ticketing. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $8 for students. You don’t want to miss this incredible show!

Thank you to our sponsors: Lumber King, Phillips Merle Norman, Dr.’s Weight Loss Clinic, Vantage Point/Ameriprise Investments, Big South Fork Medical Center, and the Little Kitchen. Your contributions to our program are making dreams come true!

Cast & Crew

Alice Murphy: Samantha Connolly

Jimmy Ray Dobbs: Seth McMillan

Billy Cane: Frank Stansberry

Margo Crawford: Michaelan Stanley

Daddy Cane: Stephen Phillips

Mama Murphy: Jenniffer Smith

Daddy Murphy: Richard Spears

Mayor Josiah Dobbs: Stephen Phillips

Lucy Grant: Ashlee Glaspy

Daryl Ames: Zeke Harness

Stanford Adams: Tony Smithey

Spirit/Ensemble/Featured Dancer: Cheyanne Leonardo

Spirit/Florence/Ensemble: Tracey Stansberry

Spirit/Edna/Ensemble: Ryan Trosper

Little Spirits/Ensemble: Amelia Sexton, Hadley Martin, Everleigh Burchfield, Hadley Sims, and Sheridan Smith

Max/Ensemble: Michael Biggerstaff

Clerk/Ensemble: Marjorie Kagels

Dr. Norquist/Ensemble: Leslie Harris

Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Set Designer: Glenda Gray

Stage Manager: Anna Terry

Parts Director: Beth Furrer

Choreographer: Cheyanne Leonardo

Set Construction: Curtis Tucker

Scenery Construction: Jeff Meyers and Jason Goodman

Lights: Don Stansberry

Sound Track Manager: Morgan Lanzo

Sound: Josh Ayers and Hart Sound

Special thanks to: Lisa, Jamie and Luke Cotton

Little Town Poets Society – Poem of the Month


by Cari Lynne King (after Silas House)

My accent falls somewhere between

a golden pone

fresh from the cast iron

And the fingerboard of a fiddle

bowed with precision

yet never pretentious

The phrase "country as cornbread"

has always fit me

just like a Sunday apron

in the kitchen after church

If I close my eyes

I see Grannie's seasoned hands

pulling a fresh pone from the oven

as we all sit around the table

eager to tear off our hunk

When I'm ailing-

be it sickness or sadness-

the crispy, comforting crust

crumbled in a bowl of potato soup

is all I want from Momma's stove

The way my husband smiled

as he told me I'd done it-

This is it, baby

This tastes just like Gramms's-

brought it all full circle

Just like that golden pone

fresh from the cast iron

Cari was published this past June in our local community poetry anthology, Hometown Poems: A South Fork Country Anthology of Poetry. Click here to learn more about our 300-page book, featuring over 100 local authors & artists, and purchase a copy of your own. All proceeds will go toward future programming through the Appalachian Society of the Arts!

Celebrate the Arts this Holiday Season! – Presenting a Magical Madrigal Dinner at Timber Rock Lodge

A Word from Vice President Ralph Trieschmann

ONEIDA, TN - December 22nd and 23rd - The Appalachian Society of the Arts in conjunction with the Plateau Players and the Highland Harmony Community Chorus are thrilled to announce a delightful Madrigal Dinner event that promises to transport guests back in time to a Renaissance wonderland. This enchanting evening of feasting, music, and merriment will take place on December 22nd and 23rd at Timber Rock Lodge, Oneida, TN.

Prepare to be swept away on a journey to a bygone era filled with festive cheer. Our Madrigal Dinner will feature–

A Sumptuous Feast: Savor a delectable, four-course meal fit for royalty, featuring classic Renaissance cuisine and modern twists on timeless favorites.

Captivating Entertainment: Be serenaded by talented troubadours, minstrels, and a madrigal choir who will regale you with beautiful melodies and captivating performances.

Period Costumes: Feel like you've stepped into the pages of history as our performers and many of our guests will be dressed in Renaissance attire.

Immersive Atmosphere: Timber Rock Lodge will be transformed into a Medieval Hall, complete with candlelight, holiday decor, and a truly magical ambiance.

Interactions with the Cast: Engage with the talented cast of characters who will provide a unique, interactive experience throughout the evening.

This is a perfect opportunity to gather family and friends, or even colleagues, for an unforgettable holiday experience. Whether you're celebrating the season or just looking to step back in time, our Madrigal Dinner is sure to leave you with cherished memories.

Event Details–

Dates: December 22nd or 23rd

Price: $35 per person

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Venue: Timber Rock Lodge

Address: 22153 Alberta St., Oneida, TN 37841

Reservations: Click here to purchase tickets through ASotA or visit for more information

Seating is limited for each evening, so don't delay, get tickets today! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a way you've never experienced before. Our Madrigal Dinner promises an evening of enchantment, and we can't wait to share it with you.

For more information, please contact Ralph Trieschmann at 423-539-8979.

Kids Corner Puppet Project

Our series of free puppet-making classes for local-area kids still has a few openings. Sign the kiddos up to make sock puppets and shoebox puppets with Mrs. Becky– and then get ready for a fabulous puppet show performance using all of our unique creations! Classes are available in Oneida and Rugby. Contact Becky Hintzmann at 810-543-0376 to register. We can’t wait to see what the kids will create!

Scott County Creates – Community Collage

A Word from Local Artist Paula Leftwich

Our Community Collage is finally finished and on display! Made up of 160 works of art, this collage was created by people of all ages throughout our community. It is currently on display at Gather Coffee Lounge in Oneida and will remain there through the month of November. It will travel to various locations over the course of several months. The collage will be at the Scott County Visitor’s Center during the month of December, and then in the lobby of Big South Fork Medical Center in January. Other future display locations to be announced.

Congratulations to Lori Phillips-Jones, the next Mayor of Oneida!

The Appalachian Society of the Arts would like to congratulate the newly elected mayor of Oneida, Lori Phillips-Jones. We look forward to working with Lori as we continue to invest in accessible arts programs and projects to benefit our local community. Lori’s knowledge, leadership, and passion for the arts are much appreciated, and we are excited about the many possibilities in store for the arts in our community!

Mayor-Elect Lori Phillips-Jones, pictured here with son Alex, husband Phillip, and daughter Claire. Congratulations, Lori!

A message from Lori to our Arts community: I’m so excited for the opportunity to serve as Mayor and help ASotA bring the arts back into the forefront of our community’s vision for our future! The arts community is so important and vital to our growth as a vibrant, creative community where all citizens and their talents are recognized and utilized.

Thank you to our ASotA Members, Partners, and Sponsors!

We couldn't serve our community and create all these local & accessible arts programs without the support of our generous ASotA Members & Sponsors. Thank you from the bottom of our heARTs–

Champion of the Arts: UCB Bank

Valued Partners: Great Dane, Timber Rock Lodge, Big South Fork Medical Center

Other sponsors (donation of time, venue, volunteering): The Black Cat, Scott Christian Care Center, Gather Coffee Lounge, Historic Rugby, Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), Scott County Chamber of Commerce

Interested in sponsoring the Arts? Check out the PDF below with all available levels of ASotA Membership or email President Ace Glaspy at for more information.

Memberships & Sponsorships Digital Booklet
Download PDF • 1.26MB

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