Amy Grant to open Clayton Center's 2012-2013 season

Amy Grant to open Clayton Center's 2012-2013 season

May 31, 2012
Contact: Cheri Compton, Clayton Center for the Arts Marketing Director

Christian music icon Amy Grant will open the third season of the Clayton Center for the Arts on Sept. 27, 2012. Grant’s acoustical concert is one of seven performances and one dinner theatre performance planned for the 2012-2013 year.

Country music singer Travis Tritt takes the Nita Eckles West Stage Jan. 19, 2013. Comedy, musical theatre and music groups round out the season’s lineup.

After sold-out performances by Charlie Daniels and the Southern Fried Chicks and more season subscriptions sold than the previous year, Clayton Center Executive Director Robert Hutchens said he and his staff are getting to better know the preferences of their audiences.

“We want to give the public what they want and enjoy,” he said. “We want our patrons to be entertained and to return and hopefully come see something they might not normally see.”

Season tickets will go on sale June 25 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased by calling the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.

Season subscribers will have the option of choosing a four-show or seven-show season at a discount. The dinner theatre performance may be added to any package. On-sale dates for tickets for individual performances will be later than season subscription sales, so patrons are encouraged to purchase season tickets to assure the best seats. Packages for all seven shows start at $145 and go up to $240.

All performances except the dinner theatre will be in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.


The 2012-2013 lineup includes:

  • Amy Grant, Acoustical Concert: Sept. 27, 2012, 8 p.m.

Grant is well known as the Grammy and Dove Award Winning Christian Artist who crossed over into pop and country, leading the way for other artists to cross musical boundaries. Get tickets here.

  • Etta May “White Trash Diary”: Oct. 5, 2012, 8 p.m.

After a sold-out performance last season with the Southern Fried Chicks and patrons clamoring for an encore, Etta May is back with her “White Trash Diary.”

  • Dailey & Vincent: Nov. 2, 2012, 8 p.m.

Drawing from previous performances alongside bluegrass legends, the duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent became the most heralded new act in the bluegrass field in 2008, when they took home seven Bluegrass Music Awards.

  • Travis Tritt, Acoustical Concert: Feb. 8, 2013, 8 p.m.

This is a rare opportunity to hear this bluesy, southern country-rocker in an acoustical performance that showcases his unique sound.

  • 3 Redneck Tenors: Feb. 22, 2013, 8 p.m.

As seen the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent,” these opera-trained singers take you on a musical adventure packed with unbelievable tunes and big laughs.

  • Leahy: March 2, 2013, 8 p.m.

This amazing musical group of eight brothers and sisters has a volcanic explosion of talent as they sing, dance and bring a unique blend of musical styles and genres to the stage. A little Celtic, with some Scottish and Irish sounds thrown in.

  • The Bikinis: March 22, 2013, 8 p.m.

If you love the sounds of the 1960’s, this musical beach party will have you dancing in the aisles. Follow four friends as they bring back the sounds of their days on the Jersey Shore.

  • Broadway’s Next H!t Musical: April 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m. (buffet dinner) and 8 p.m. (musical)

The Clayton Center brings back dinner theatre in the William Baxter Lee Grand Foyer.

Master improvisers gather made up song titles from the audience and create a full-blown improvised musical.


The premier of “Macbeth,” filmed in Knoxville by local Rob Simpson and filmed in black and white with a post-apocalyptic feel, is slated for the fall.

The Clayton Center for the Arts will produce two theatre productions: “The Glass Menagerie” in September and “Hamlet” in February.

For details, visit the Clayton Center's website.


The Clayton Center for the Arts, located on the Maryville College campus and constructed through a unique partnership between the College and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa, is East Tennessee’s newest venue for arts and entertainment.

The 1,200-seat Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre features dance, theatre, concerts, lectures and other events. The 250-seat Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall hosts a wide variety of musicians and performers. The 200-seat Haslam Family Flexible Theatre is capable of supporting theatrical performances from amateur and professional companies.

Three art galleries display collections and works of art from Appalachia and beyond.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.