Monday, June 18, 2007

Dinner Theatre Returns to Knoxville

Grab bite, take in show for one-stop entertainment
Patter Productions was founded to return dinner theater to the Knoxville area. The group's first production is the musical comedy "Nunsense," opening Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. It will be presented Friday and Saturday, June 22-23 and 29-30.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, prior to curtain time at 8. The 1 p.m. Saturday matinee will be presented without a meal.

James Fisher and friend Tracy Walker, both theater performers, partnered up to create Patter Productions.

The team at Patter Productions also includes Fisher's partner, professional theatrical designer De Wayne Kirchner; Walker's husband, bandleader Bill Walker; and actress/singer Julie Stelter.

Theater companies tend to do the warhorse musicals and plays that are familiar to older people, Fisher says. Patter Productions wants to attract younger audiences, while also pleasing the mature theatergoer.

Fisher and Walker say the dinner theater will offer "a good show and good food and very affordable prices."
Bill and Tracy Walker are the founders of The Atomic Horns and have become good friends. I've also worked with Julia, James and De Wayne on several Oak Ridge Playhouse shows as well.

Come support a new up and coming theatre company in Knoxville!

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