Do the names "Joe Shepherd" or "Corey Caldwell" ring a bell? No? Well, I just bet their voices would: Both men have been featured in numerous radio and television commercials, whether as the voice of Brentwood Jewelers (in the case of Corey Caldwell) or as the creator of a Peabody Award-winning program in Washington, D.C. (as Joe Shepherd was).
This week the two actors take to the stage for the opening of Towne Centre Theatre's production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, running at the Brentwood theater March 25-April 16.
The play is about a group of actors gathered together for an audition at a secluded New York manor when, all of a sudden and quite unexpectedly, one of them ends up quite murdered.
According to Matt Grimes, the director of the show, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 caters to the actors' unique talents: "The two [Shepherd and Caldwell] have such a vibrant energy to them, it is almost impossible not to smile when they walk into a scene. That passion spills over into the rest of the cast, too."
However, neither man provides the voice of "The Radio" in the show; instead, that daunting assignment goes to Ryan Arthur, who makes his first appearance at Towne Centre in the comedy.
Rounding out the cast are Annaliese Higgins, Beth Henderson, David Thoreson, Kathy Crisp, Lynn Yates, Dan Linney, and Paula Higgins.
Show dates are March 25, 26 and 31 and April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, with an 8 p.m. curtain each night. Matinees are slated for Sunday, April 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m.
For further details, visit the company website at www.townecentretheatre.com, and for reservations, call (615) 221-1174.
Pictured: Corey Caldwell in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940