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Ragtown is beginning its 14th season with a bang. Sweet Sixteen is a funny play that takes place in a retirement home filled with quirky residents. Straying from the biblical time setting seen in most of Ragtown’s plays, Ragtown is excited to put on this play provided its different perspective.
Glenn Polk will be playing Cobb Cochran, a “one-hit-wonder” from 1959. His one hit song, “Sweet Sixteen” made him a teenage heartthrob during the brief time before Elvis got out of the Army and took the charts back. When Cochran moves into Little Willows Retirement Home, he finds that his fans (especially the female ones) have not forgotten him.
The name Cobb Cochran was one invented by Glenn at a very early age.
“By the time he was twelve or thirteen years old, he already knew he wanted to be an actor,” Chip Polk said. “His goal was to go to Hollywood and be in the movies. He had even come up with a stage name… Cobb Cochran.
Chip eventually came up with his own stage name as well.
“I was four or five at the time, and just wanted to do whatever Glenn did. I decided my stage name would be Corn Cob,” Chip joked.
Honoring his brother’s dream, Chip decided to give the star of Sweet Sixteen the only name suitable.
“When I started working on Sweet Sixteen, there was only one name I could give the star,” Chip said referring to Cobb Cochran.
Alongside Glenn will be a great supporting cast that includes Bill Woodard who was part of a previous play titled Saint John & the Televangelist.
All at Ragtown encourage the town to come see and support the play.
“It’s a sweet story with a deeply encouraging message and a lot of laughs,” Chip said. “You got to see this one.”
Sweet Sixteen will premiere on Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. Chip Polk will open with a concert. To see more feature times or purchase tickets visit ragtown.com.