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‘A Man Called Peter’ in Johnson City

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Article Published: Mar. 29, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 15, 2012

Johnson County Community Theatre will be presenting an inspirational play in Mountain City, Tenn., this Easter season.

“A Man Called Peter” is a biographical drama about Dr. Peter Marshall, adapted by John McGreevey from the book by Catherine Marshall.

Catherine Marshall was from the western North Carolina/northeast Tennessee region. She wrote this biography of her husband, which was later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie (1956) and play.

Dr. Peter Marshall was a Scottish immigrant. In the late 1940s, he became pastor of The New York Avenue Church in Washington D.C., the “church of the presidents.” Marshall inspired the young and the old, the common man and influential politicians. The play presents just a few of his life-changing stories.

Marshall believed that life is service. Sometimes this meant he gave offense to the more conservative elements in the church. Two elder members (portrayed by Judy Walsh and Kathy Henderson) are scandalized when they walk in on their minister illustrating (with a tea cloth on his head) how to play the role of an Arab sheik.

He even opposed a distinguished senator (played by Dean Whitworth) when he found him determined to jail a boy (Logan Vincent) who has erred, but now is ready to live honestly. Although he has even more serious problems, the audience sees his indomitable spirit triumphing over every threat.

This production of “A Man Called Peter” is directed by Michael Eggers, assisted by Tommy Johnson.

Ray Branch portrays Dr. Marshall; his wife, Catherine, is played by Amber Bauguess. Several of Johnson County’s young actors have roles in this play, including Derek Dickson, Logan Dunn, Deidre Burgess, Hannah Arnett, Kristen Branch and Deklan Thomas.

Carol McCroskey, Michael Eggers and Kathy Terrill round out the cast.

“A Man Called Peter” will be presented at historic Heritage Hall in Mountain City, Tenn.

“A Man Called Peter” opens Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. There will be two shows on Saturday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will be presented again on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For children younger than 12, tickets are $5. Discount rates for groups of 15 or more are available.

For more information and tickets, call the Heritage Hall box office at (423) 727-7444 or visit

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