Hi, I'm Johnny Cash

Friday, April 27, 2012

"Ring of Fire," directed by Melisa Wallace and Sarah Jans Andersen.

Spencer Community Theatre debut's "Ring of Fire," the story of Johnny Cash, on Friday night. The story, about the life and music of the country legend, is told with a unique twist.

There is no one Johnny Cash. Each cast member takes their turn to speak and sing their way through his life, from the work in the cotton fields and the death of his brother Jack to the Grand Ol' Opry and his struggle with drugs.

Some moments are humorous. Just try not to laugh after watching "While I've Got It On My Mind," or "Flushed From the Bathroom Of Your Heart." And, at the same time, some moments are tragic. "Far Side Banks of Jordan," sung by Jean Johnson and John Wallace, serve as a conversation between Cash's mother and the son she recently buried.

With all of the perspectives, told by each voice in the 11-member cast, one voice rings above the rest: the voice of Cash himself. The play is in the first person, and scenes such as "Man in Black," and "Ragged Old Flag" give a further insight into the mysterious man.

"Ring of Fire" is full of music, 33 songs in all. Each musical number reflects back to a time in Cash's life, from "Country Boy" all the way to "I've Been Everywhere."

"Ring of Fire," directed by Melisa Wallace and Sarah Jans Andersen with musical direction by Teresa Ortman, shows April 27-29, and May 4-6 and 11-12 at Spencer Community Theatre.

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