PAC show salutes music legend Cash

THE CAST OF “Ring of Fire,” a tribute to Johnny Cash, rehearses for presentations of the unique tribute show at the Plymouth Arts Center April 21, 22, 28 and 29. — Submitted photo THE CAST OF “Ring of Fire,” a tribute to Johnny Cash, rehearses for presentations of the unique tribute show at the Plymouth Arts Center April 21, 22, 28 and 29. — Submitted photo Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company, under the direction of Kerrylynn Kraemer, proudly presents “Ring of Fire” a Tribute to Johnny Cash. This unique tribute show celebrates the soul-stirring music of Johnny Cash performed by an ensemble cast of musicians and singers.

Take a step back through time as Cash’s iconic songbook about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family come to life. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—paint a musical portrait of ‘The Man in Black’ that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to an American legend! Family friendly and an experience that should not be missed! Ring of Fire was created by Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade and is being produced by the PAC through a license agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Six shows will be presented at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., Plymouth, beginning Friday, April 21. A special (one night only) country dinner catered by Three Guys and a Grill will be presented on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m. The dinner features their famous grilled chicken and pork medallions with all the fixin’s. Advance tickets for the dinner and show are $35 per person, tax and tip included, please order by April 17. Regular show times are: Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 and 28-29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees, April 23 and 30 at 2:30pm. Show tickets are: $16 in advance; $18 at the door, tax included. There will be a cash bar. Online ticketing is available through the PAC website at: Or call (920) 892-8409 to order, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Director Kerrylynn Kraemer has selected the large-cast Broadway version of Ring of Fire for Plymouth Arts Center’s production. The ensemble cast will include musicians and singers: Tom Clegg, Kari Fabian, Kerrylynn Kraemer-Mahlendorf, Jamie Biermann, Brian Karthauser, Karen Karthauser, Steve Karthauser, Dale Brienen, Janice Westphal, Mckinley Pye, Mike Slupski, Steve Vogt, Mike Eberhardy and others are joining in.

Kraemer said, “This production of “Ring of Fire” is a musical ‘tribute show’ rather than your typical musical theatre. The show provides the singers and musicians an opportunity to be very spontaneous on stage, allowing the lyrics of each song to tell Johnny’s life story along with limited dialogue. I know the audience will enjoy this show; who doesn’t love a good old Johnny Cash song! We expect folks will probably be singing along. Johnny Cash was an original; he definitely influenced our American culture through his country, rock n’ roll, and gospel music. PAC Theatre Company is delighted to be bringing this show to life in Plymouth.”

Creator Maltby said, “To me, Johnny Cash’s biography wasn’t the most important story available to tell. Taking all the songs together, adding in the life he led, the person he was, the people he knew, loved, and sang about, it seemed to me that there is another story here. It’s an almost mythic American tale - of growing up in simple, dirtpoor surroundings in the heartland of America, leaving home, traveling on wings of music, finding love, misadventure, success, faith, redemption, and the love of a good woman - and eventually returning home. It’s about the journey of a man in search of his own soul, which is what in fact emerges when you consider all the details of Cash’s life together. That seemed to be a worthy story to put on a stage - and the best part is we could tell it entirely in the songs.”

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