Currently The Leader's managing editor, Echo Day is an 11-year veteran of the paper.

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The Tipton Arts Council as hit the ground running in 2018 with lots of news and announcements.  These announcements include setting the 2018 schedule of plays, announcing the cast of the opening play of the season, and beginning their 2018 season ticket/patron drive.

In 2018, the Arts Council will present five plays, four of which will be musicals and the fifth being the revival of a comedy favorite.  

The 2018 play schedule will begin with “Spamalot,” the side-splitting Monte Python musical tale of King Arthur’s search, along with his Knights of the Round Table, for the Holy Grail. 

Other plays on tap for the 2018 season are “Seussical,” which will be presented in early spring.  

The summer play will be “Legally Blonde,” the story of a spurned natural blonde who has it all, but loses her boyfriend to Harvard Law School.  In hopes of winning him back, she rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, but law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall.  “Legally Blonde” is scheduled for late July /early August.  

The Fall production will be “Dearly Departed.”  Some may recall that this hilarious comedy has been performed at the Ruffin before and is bring brought back by popular demand.  

It is the story about the death of the patriarch of the highly dysfunctional Turpin family from the backwoods Bible belt.  

Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the family’s underlying problems keep overshadowing what should be an otherwise solemn occasion.  

The final play of the year cannot be announced at this time because performance rights have not been finalized, but plans are to present a Christmas-themed musical show around the first of December.


‘Spamalot’ cast announced

As has been mentioned earlier, the opening play of 2018 is “Spamalot” and is already in rehearsals in preparation for the March 2 opening.  

The cast for “Spamalot” includes Tim Brown as King Arthur, James Cacy as Sir Lancelot, Steve Rhodenhamel as Sir Robin, Mike Murphy as Sir Bedevere, Jay Perry as Sir Galahad, Roma Ziegler as Patsy, Becca Lipscomb as the Lady of the Lake/Guinnevere, Daniel Myers as Sir Not Appearing in This Show/Ensemble, Frank Deslauriers as Not Dead Yet Fred/Guard 1, Noah Perry as Bro. Maynard/French Taunter, Aric Delashmit as Tim the Enchanter/French Guard, Jeremy Armstrong as Prince Herbert/Guard 2, Brian Huffman as Prince Herbert’s Father/Ensemble, Sara Smith as Concorde/Robin’s minstrel, Robyn Medeiros as Dancing Nun/Mime, Aubrey Zurhellen as Mayor of Finland/ Ensemble, Justin Word as Sir Ni Knight/Ensemble, Rodger Beasley as Historian/Ensemble, Rheanne Williams as Dennis’s Mother/French Guard, J.D. White as Ni Knight, Ethan Figgins as Ni Night, Luke Smith Black Knight/Monk, Joe Moore as Ni Knight, Keith Moschitta as and Jacob Christopher as Monks.  

The Laker Girls will be Rebecca Moore, Madelyn Taylor, Emily Porter, Rachel Brown, ad Ava Christopher.  

“Spamalot” will be directed by Rick Perry and will be assisted by vocal coach April Johnson.  The choreography will be done by Aubrey Zurhellen.  

“Spamalot” will be presented on March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and17 at 7 p.m.  Tickets will be $10 each and can be purchased on the day of the show at the Ruffin box office or purchased in advance at Ruffin.Theater.


Season ticket, patron drive underway

 In addition to everything else going on, the 2018 season ticket and patron drive is underway.  

The 2018 season ticket package includes six tickets to any Tipton Arts Council presentation.  It is a $60 value but is available for only $50.  

Season tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be purchased at the door.  

The patron memberships are as follows:  

Supporting Membership, $100 – receives eight tickets to TAC events 

Leading Membership, $200 – receives 15 tickets to TAC events  

Star Membership,  - $500 – receives 30 tickets to TAC events  

Producer Membership, $750 – receives 15 tickets to TAC events and includes free drink and popcorn for two during each visit  

Superstar Membership, $1,000 – includes 20 tickets to TAC events, preferred seating, free drink, popcorn and hot dog for two during each visit.  


All patron members will also have their name and patron level shown in each show program.  

Individual show sponsorships are available as well as cash donations.  

A portion of your patron membership may be tax deductible, check with your accountant.  

Ruffin Theater rental events such as dance recitals, CHS Oscar Night and others are not included in the patron packages.  

Patron letters will be sent to current patrons, but if you would like to become a patron for the first time, please log on to our website at Ruffin.Theater and get it there.  Or, you can call the Ruffin at (901) 610-6076.  The annual TAC patrons meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ruffin Theater 

The Ruffin Theater is located at 113 W. Pleasant. Covington, TN. Information about this and other activities at the historic Ruffin Theater can be found at The Official Historic Ruffin Theater Facebook page. You can also look for Ruffin information on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email