Wednesday, May 4, 2016

'FEARLESS' Fashion Show and Wine Tasting to Occur on May 15 in Cookeville

            COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 2016) -- A popcorn, fashion show and wine tasting in Cookeville, Tennessee, on May 15 will help fund production costs for the eight-performance world premiere of the original Broadway-style stage show, "Fearless! The Golden Glove Musical", with ticket sale proceeds supporting three nonprofit charities.

            The "FEARLESS! Spring/Summer Popcorn, Fashion, Cosmetics, Fragrance Show & Wine Tasting" fundraising event will occur from 2-5 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 1151 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville. Donations raised from the free event will help stage Cookeville playwright/composer Valerie Connelly's new musical "FEARLESS!" at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center from July 7-17. Ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity's new Cookeville West End Place Housing Initiative, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and the Mustard Seed Ranch for endangered, at-risk children.

            "We are very appreciative for the more than 100 businesses and organizations that are supporting our efforts to help bring this lifelong dream creation to Middle Tennessee, while benefiting three local nonprofit causes," said Connelly, who composed and arranged the music and lyrics for all 24 songs, and who wrote all of the script for the two-act play.

            Highlights of the "FEARLESS!" fundraising event are

            * A fashion show presented by Belk, with models showing fashions, cosmetics and brand fragrances for all ages.

            * A wine tasting featuring various selections from Del Monaco Winery & Vineyards.

            Attendees also will enjoy all-you-can-eat popcorn provided by Carmike Cinema. Staging for the fashion show will be provided by Hobby Lobby and/or Abel Gardens.

            "FEARLESS! The Golden Love Musical" will premiere on July 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 at the 450-seat CPAC theatre with a vibrant cast (including two puppies) and a 24-piece orchestra. Years in the making, many describe the music as "today's version of 'West Side Story' and 'The Sound of Music'." "FEARLESS!" is a wholesome family double-love story that previewers agree "provokes toe-tapping, laughter and tears." The story's characters sing and dance across the stage, expressing 2016 challenges, opportunities, joys and the importance of fearlessness in the pursuit of life, love and happiness. Cast members will be announced in mid-May.

            The show's creator, Valerie Connelly, is a Cookeville-based songwriter-performer, fine artist, film score composer, and book publisher in Cookeville. She joined ASCAP composer in 1987 as a songwriter and professional performer and has composed hundreds of songs.

            Tickets to "FEARLESS!" are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $16 (adults age 18 and over), $12 (seniors age 62 and over), and $10 (students age 17 and under and individuals in groups of five or more). Tickets may be purchased online at To learn more about Connelly and her play, visit

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