Hickory Arts

Caught in the ActJoin us in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first cast album of an original musical ever produced, recorded and sold by any community theatre in North Carolina history; John Coffey & Tom McClary’s “Caught in the Act,” newly digitally transferred by Studio B Mastering in Charlotte, NC from an original mastered print, now available on CD & by digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more! Reissue courtesy of Plastic Moon & Hickory Arts.

Caught in the Act
A ZESTY MUSICAL CONCOCTION BY TOM McCLARY & JOHN COFFEY

John Coffey
Tom McClary
Buzz Atwood
Kevin Barlowe
Denise Baxter
Robert Bush
Jaqueline Somers-Canter
Beth Gaither
Mike Gaither
Tina Jeffers
Joy McManus
Karen S. Whitworth
Chuck Yoder

Caught in the Act . . . . . . . Company
Remember Me . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie
Recollections . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise & Chuck
Married Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie & Buzz
Love Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin & Beth
Telegram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tina
Is Love Like That? . . . . . . Denise
Streets of Hickory . . . . . . . Mike & Company
Soaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joy, Jackie, Beth & Company
Love Me Please . . . . . . . . . . Tina, Beth & Denise
My Father’s House . . . . . . . Chuck, Robert & Kevin
Dear Arnold . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joy
Write Me a Song . . . . . . . . . John & Karen
Turning Back . . . . . . . . . . . Beth
Gimme that Jazz (Finale) . Jackie & Company

CAUGHT IN THE ACT burst onto the stage of the Hickory Community Theater on May 21 , 1981 after nine months of feverish work by its co-authors John Coffey and Tom McClary.

Feverish is the only word to accurately describe this concoction of song and dance that was no more than a single tune at the Kay Awards banquet in August of 1980. This song, “Caught in the Act,” was the first hint to the public that something unusual was brewing at HCT.

Actually, the brewing had begun well before then. In May of 1980, Charles Jeffers, the executive director of the HCT, had contacted Lenoir pianist/composer John Coffey concerning the possibility of writing a musical revue for local production. When Atlanta-based actor/writer Tom McClary added his talents to the project in November of 1980, the brew began to simmer. And, when eleven of the Piedmont’s finest local talents were tossed in, the brew boiled, reared back, exploded into the hottest show to hit the HCT boards in many a season.

Cooking metaphors aside, “Caught” was so well received that an unprecedented second run of the show was set for August/September of 1981. Such is the love of a good show by the people of Western North Carolina; and it’s because of that, once again we’re all caught in the act.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT was originally produced by the Hickory Community Theater, Hickory, N.C., the best-balanced city in the Tarheel State.

Production directed by Charles E. Jeffers.
Musical direction by John Coffey.
Choreographed by Jane Sigmon.
Set designed by Ray Mills.
Costumes designed by Norma V. Frank.
Lighting designed by Wille Thompson.
Original production also featured Stage Manager Mike Clark.

Recorded June 28th, 1981 at Galaxie III Studios in Taylorsville, N.C.

Album produced and engineered by Harry Deal.

Album design, art direction, and photography by Wille Thompson.

Pianos on all selections performed by John Coffey and Karen S. Whitworth (Live).

All selections copyright 1981 by Tom McClary and John Coffey. All rights reserved.

recorded at GALAXIE III Studios

NR13003

Author:
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