Tickets for “Front Page News,” the Scopes Trial play are on Sale Now

(From left), Clarence Darrow (Rick Dye), William Jennings Bryan (George Miller), and Attorney General Tom Stewart (David Tromanhauser) debate a point during the trial. (photo contributed)

Tickets for “Front Page News,” the Scopes Trial play with music, are on sale now through the Scopes Festival website and Tennessee Valley Theatre.

“Front Page News” will be presented July 14 (7:30 p.m.), July 15 (1 and 5 p.m.) and July 16 (2:30 p.m.) as part of the festival weekend; and on July 22 (1 and 5 p.m.) and July 23 (2:30 p.m.) when there are no festival activities on the courthouse lawn.

“Front Page News” is presented in the circuit courtroom of the Rhea County Courthouse, the same room where the 1925 Scopes Evolution Trial was held. The play with music features dialogue from the trial transcript and historic accounts of events leading up to the trial.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission (first come, first seated), and are discounted $2 for students (high school and under) and groups of 10 or more. Visit the festival website,, or call Tennessee Valley Theatre at 423.365.PLAY (7529).

Karen Hilleary Beck, Tennessee Valley Theatre’s president, said, “TVT is thrilled to be a part of this community-wide celebration of our Rhea County heritage. Recreating a historical event through dramatic presentation is a fantastic avenue in bringing our past to life. This show’s funny and entertaining manner engages people of all ages, and exhibits the intricacies of healthy debate on these historical issues. ‘Front Page News’ is an outstanding piece of work we are excited to bring to our community!”

Tom Davis, festival chairman, said, “We are delighted to partner with TVT, Spring City and Rhea County’s outstanding theatrical company, to present this year’s edition of ‘Front Page News.’ TVT’s experience and enthusiasm will significantly enhance the efforts of the festival to present a compelling story about this most significant aspect of Rhea County history.”

“Front Page News” is presented through the cooperation of Cumberland County Playhouse, Bryan College and the theatre department of Chattanooga State Community College.

The Scopes Festival is made possible by financial support from Rhea County, the City of Dayton, the Tennessee Arts Commission, First Bank of Tennessee and Life Care Center of Rhea County.

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