Great cast comes together for TLT’s “Pump Boys and Dinettes”

Published 8:00 am Friday, August 26, 2022

A great cast has been assembled for Tryon Little Theater’s first show of the season, “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” Running for one weekend only on the Tryon Fine Arts Center stage, the show opens Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., and closes with a matinee at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.


Directed by Carol Cox in collaboration with Musical Director Pam McNeil, the Tony Award-winning show was written by the performance group of the same name. The group consisted of John FoleyMark HardwickDebra MonkCass MorganJohn Schimmel and Jim Wann

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The play is set in the 50s, and the backdrop is the Double Cupp Diner and  L.M. and Jim’s Gasso (a gas station, of course) located on Highway 57 – somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina.


TLT’s cast of characters – grease monkeys and waitresses – are a wonderful group of local actors and actresses. Ryan Berry, Mark Sawyer and Jim Powell play L.M., Jim, and Jackson – the Gasso station pump boys. The Double Cupp Diner is owned by Prudie and Rhetta, played by Lori Lee and Lori Corda. The supporting cast is Brenda Craig, Leisa Foronda, Ted Kanet, Cindy Kennedy, Susie Kocher, Jennifer Monterisi, and Alex Tapp. 


This talented group will charm audiences with songs and music ranging from honky-tonk to country, from pop to blues, with each song representing some slice of small-town living – like fishing for catfish, growing up with Mamaw, drinking moonshine, and dreaming of Dolly Parton. 


Tickets are available online at, or by calling 828-859-2466. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $12 for those under 18.


Submitted by Monica Jones