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The 4th Story Theater and West End United Methodist Church’s Drama Ministry will present the world premiere of “The Gleaner’s Song: A Story of Ruth” a new musical play written by Michael Williams and Harry Robinson on May 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. “The Gleaner’s Song” runs May 16-18 at the 4th Story Theater at West End United Methodist Church (2200 West End Avenue).

“The Gleaner’s Song” is the story of Ruth as found in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. This is a fresh version of the story that is set in the mid 1800’s
in California and Iowa. Naomi, her husband and two sons move to California to “strike it rich” in the gold rush. Her sons marry Native American women, Ruth and Orpah. The father and sons are killed in a mining accident leaving Naomi, Ruth and Orpah alone. Naomi and Ruth move back to Iowa where they face hard times, prejudice, romance and new birth.

“‘Gleaners’ grew out of conversations between Harry Robinson and me about how much we loved the book of Ruth from the Bible. That was almost five years ago. During a renewal leave four and a half years ago, I wrote the first draft of the book and lyrics. Since that time Harry has been hard at work composing the music, and the book has gone through several revisions,” says playwright Michael Williams. “The story as ‘Gleaners’ tells it is set in the era of the California gold rush but addresses topics that are alive and well today such as discrimination based on ethnicity, race, economic status and even religious background. At its heart though, it focuses on the courage and determination that Ruth demonstrates. Ruth refuses to be left behind by Naomi and is willing to glean (an ancient equivalent of the welfare system and a dangerous undertaking) and suffer other indignities in order

to make sure that she and Naomi will survive. This probably sounds like the play is entirely serious, but it’s not. While ‘Gleaners’ is not your typical musical comedy, it does have its humorous moments, and I hope we handle some very serious subjects with a light and graceful spirit.”

Performances will be in the 4th Story Theater at West End United Methodist Church May 16-18 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children ages 5 and under are free, but do need to reserve a ticket. Seating is limited to 150 per show. Tickets can be bought online at or by calling the church office at 615.321.8500.

For all media requests, please contact Shelley Kuhlmeyer (615.321.8500 |

About The 4th Story Theater

Newly revived, the 4th Story Theater at West End United Methodist Church features a state-of-the-art facility for theater production. Housed on the 4th Floor of the church building, extensive remodeling and work has occurred over the last few years to make the venue one to be sought after. For more on the 4th Story Theater please visit

About Michael Williams:

Michael Williams is currently serving as Senior Pastor of West End UMC and is an elder in the Tennessee Conference. He became active in
theatrical production in high school and later earned a B.A. in Drama (Vanderbilt) and following his M.Div. a PhD in Religion, Speech and Theatre (Northwestern). His first play to be produced was an adaptation of a short story by Andrew Lytle” Jericho, Jericho Jericho” while he was still and undergraduate, and a few years later he authored the children’s musical “Vision at Caney Fork” for the Model Cities Program in Cookeville, TN. IN 1973 he was part of the first cast of “The Smokey Mountain Passion Play”. He studied improv at The Piven Theatre Workshop with Joyce and Byrne Piven in Chicago and had performed in numerous community and educational productions. Michael is perhaps best known as a storyteller, has been a featured storyteller at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and has taught at the National Institutes of Storytelling.

About Harry Robinson:

After 25 years touring with country artists, Harry settled down as Director of Music and Arts at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin. Back in his youth he graduated from Leland Powers School in Boston with a two year degree in theater. Since then he has appeared in countless plays and TV shows as a musician and actor. He has been a composer for the guitar for nearly fifty years, with two solo albums and several group projects released over that time. His songwriting credits include cuts by Linda Davis, Tommy Overstreet, Doug Stone and others. He has also had songs and instrumental tracks in many motion pictures. His co-writing adventure with master storyteller Michael Williams has been a wonderful ongoing experience.

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Following his return from Afghanistan and his eleventh overseas tour for our troops, country music star and former solider CRAIG MORGAN will make his first appearance on the hit daytime program, THE TALK, on Monday, May 19, airing at 2pm ET/1pm PT/CT on CBS. The Black River Entertainment singer, whose latest single “Wake Up Lovin’ You” from The Journey (Livin’ Hits) is Top 15 and climbing on the charts, will showcase his culinary skills for hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. The following evening Craig can be seen presenting with Carrie Underwood as part of ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops airing May 20 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.


ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and “This Ole Boy.” He’s recently released his new album The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the soulful single “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent nearly nineteen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit and engage with him onFacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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Summer 2014 will shine brighter starting July 10 when Miranda Lambert unveils her Crystal Light Presents Platinum Tour in Ft. Loramie, OH. “Platinum represents a lifestyle for me,” said Miranda. “It’s the color of my hair, my wedding ring, my airstream trailer,  so it’s just a natural fit for the name of my new album and it’s why we decided to name the tour Platinum too,” said Miranda. Her upcoming album Platinum, will be released June 3.

The new show will glitter with a platinum theme that includes a new signature stage design. Platinum will include several songs from the new album including the Top 10 hit “Automatic,” the title track and others. It will also feature songs from all four of her previous platinum certified albums. In addition, Miranda has added two new members to her band family including singer songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

More heavy metal will be on display with opening acts Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett join the tour on August 8.  ACM New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore has a mine full of hits songs including 3 #1 singles, “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Weren’t So Far Away,” and “Til My Last Day,” and several Top 10’s from his Gold certified albums. Thomas Rhett brings more precious metal with his certified platinum hit “It Goes Like This,” and his new #1 single, “Give Me Some of That.”

The 30 city coast-to-coast tour includes two Canadian shows and wraps September 20 in Honolulu, HI. See complete list of dates below:

7/10/14    Fort Loramie, OH
7/11/14    Tuscaloosa, AL
7/12/14    Rogers, AR
7/17/14    Monticello, IA
7/18/14    Cleveland, OH
7/19/14    Cincinnati, OH
7/20/14    Brooklyn, MI
7/25/14    Twin Lakes, WI
7/26/14    Pittsburgh, PA
8/1/14    Sweet Home, OR
8/3/14    Camrose, Alberta
8/8/14    Sacramento, CA**
8/9/14    Mountain View, CA**
8/10/14    Irvine, CA**
8/15/14    Chicago, IL**
8/16/14    Indianapolis, IN**
8/17/14    Bonner Springs, KS**
8/21/14    Raleigh, NC**
8/22/14    Virginia Beach, VA**
8/23/14    Washington, DC**
8/29/14    Darien Lake, NY**
8/30/14    Hartford, CT**
8/31/14    Bethel, NY**
9/4/14    Toronto, ONT**
9/5/14    Philadelphia, PA**
9/6/14    Boston, MA**
9/11/14   Pensacola, FL**
9/12/14   Lafayette, LA**
9/13/14   Corpus Christi, TX**
9/20/14    Honolulu, HI


**Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett to perform as support on these dates.

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