Rodney Miller is on a mission to shine the light on life in small town America, and show the world why a lot of people prefer life outside the beltway.
Recently, his show “Small Town Big Deal” will put the national spotlight on Crossville, TN with the Cumberland County Playhouse and the World’s Largest Treehouse.
This theater company enjoys a large and long reputation for its staged performances of Broadway-style musicals and plays in rural Tennessee. Over the years it has helped launch careers for a number of accomplished actors who went on to become noted performers on a national level and beyond. Veteran stage and film actor Bob Gunton joins Rodney and crew on stage to tell about the impact Cumberland County Playhouse had on his life and the lives of others.
Horace Burgess says that one day God spoke to him and gave him a vision of a treehouse that Horace had to build. Over the course of 14 years he has built the world’s largest treehouse where he resides and also holds a weekly chapel service. Horace welcomes the public into his home and chapel free of charge. Good thing Rodney and crew are not afraid of heights — get a look at this place.
The world is made of stories, and “Small Town Big Deal”, says Rodney, promises to be “an unapologetic celebration of the real-life stories of rural life, of small towns and farming communities and the people, places and events that reflect our values, cherished histories, successes and innovations. In a complicated world, some of our best stories are about what we still call character, patriotism, faith and good common sense.”
Everywhere Rodney goes, people have stories. And Rodney sees each one as a gift, one he wants to hear, and then share. He also seems as likely, while listening, to roll up his sleeves and offer to help out. And if machinery, agriculture or history are involved, it would probably be wise to let him. He’s clearly the sort of guy who’s as competent and comfortable in the barn and machine shop and he is on campus or in the studio.
There’s no substitute for genuine enthusiasm. It’s welcoming, energizing and contagious. Rodney’s eager for folks to know about “Small Town Big Deal” since it’s an extension of that passion. “It’s always about the people,” he says. ‘Small Town Big Deal’ will always be soliciting stories that show why people are proud to be who they are, why they believe small town living is, now more than ever, ‘the good life’. Rural America is full of captivating history, too. We’ll never run out of stories and plan to be around for a long while telling them.”
If you have an interesting story you’d like to submit please visit their website at smalltownbigdeal.com and like them on Facebook.