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'Pump Boys' promises heartfelt visit to simpler times


June 14, 2013

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Those who long for the "good old days" of roadside dinettes and full-service gas stations will find much to enjoy in "Pump Boys and Dinettes," the country-style musical that opens the summer season at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

Drawing on the nostalgia of the 1950s through the early 1980s, the show centers on the musical aspirations of Eddie, Jim, L.M. and Jackson, four men who work at a rural gas station on Highway 57, and the two Cupp sisters, Prudie and Rhetta, who run the Double Cupp dinette next door. The four guys and two women form a country-western revue. The guys play traditional instruments while the gals play percussion on kitchen utensils.

"It shows vignettes of life along the side of the road in rural America, in a simpler, less complicated time than we live in now," says director Larry Tobias. "It was a time when you could get your car fixed at a gas station and the waitress at the diner could fill you in on the local gossip."


VIDEO: Rock Out at Mountain Playhouse with Pump Boy and Dinettes!

By: Arielle Port and Dawn Pellas
We are Central PA
Updated: June 12, 2013


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Get ready to rock it country style with the cast of Pump Boy and Dinettes at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown!

Larry Tobia, Carrie Tillis and Chris Blisset joined us to give us a preview of the upcoming musical that's taking the playhouse by storm. The action takes place in a gas station/dinette in rural North Carolina and the music covers a wide range of musical styles, featuring country music.  

The cast features some nationally-recognized names, and audiences will have the chance to participate in meet-and-greets after the show.  


Playhouse opens with nostalgic diner musical

Daily American Staff Writer
7:29 p.m. EDT, June 8, 2013

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JENNERSTOWN — The Mountain Playhouse opens this season with a play for the working man (or woman) — tales of fishing, beer drinking and the American road.

"Pump Boys and Dinettes" kicks off June 18 at the historic Jennerstown theater. It will be the seventh production of this show for director Larry Tobias, who said the comedy musical was an easy sell to the Mountain Playhouse Board of Directors.

"They have grown an audience for these types of shows in the area," he said, noting that this performance includes numbers reminiscent of classic Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd. "It's very familiar to all of us."


Famous daughter making 6th trip to area stage

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June 9, 2013

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Executive producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino never imagined that buying a young girl a bowl of soup would turn into one of the best investments she could make for the Mountain Playhouse.

The young woman was Carrie Tillis, who arrived late from Nashville for her shot at landing a role during New York City auditions in 2007.

Marafino just concluded a marathon session of listening to 125 performers and needed a break.

"As I was leaving the theater, this young blonde was eyeing the schedule on a bulletin board and she looked bewildered," Marafino said. "She still had her luggage since she came straight from the airport."

Marafino approached the woman and asked if she could help.

After hearing about her dilemma, Marafino not only bought her soup, but allowed the young lady to store her luggage in her hotel room.