Pioneer Playhouse revives C6-H0 magic with “The Wonder Team”
The story of Centre’s iconic “Wonder Team” is one well-embedded in the College’s historical narrative, capturing hearts and headlines since 1921. And now that legendary story is coming to the stage.
The world-premiere of “The Wonder Team,” the newest production from the Pioneer Playhouse Outdoor Theatre in Danville opening July 8, celebrates Centre College’s historic football win in 1921 over Harvard University, then ranked number one in the nation. Written by Robby Henson, award-winning filmmaker and Pioneer Playhouse artistic director, the play tells the story of the game still considered by many to be “the biggest upset in college football history.” The production delves beyond the iconic C6-H0 score—Centre 6, Harvard 0—to give an exhilarating look at how an unlikely bunch of leatherheads from a small college in Kentucky beat the gridiron odds and went on to be the darlings of American popular culture.
On stage through July 19, “The Wonder Team” is part of Pioneer Playhouse’s “Kentucky Voices” series, which dedicates one show per season to exploring Kentucky’s rich heritage. Shows will run nightly at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, preceded by a special “tailgating” dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for the show or $28 for dinner and the show. Reservations and more information can be found at the Pioneer Playhouse website.
Centre will also host a special “Wonder Team” event for alumni, parents and friends of the College on Friday, July 18, in conjunction with this year’s Alumni College.
The event begins with a panel discussion with Henson, historian and author Dr. Robert W. Robertson ’63 and cast member Buck Rogers ’68, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre on Centre’s campus. A picnic dinner and pep rally will take place at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Playhouse Barn, followed by a performance of “The Wonder Team” at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and are available through Centre’s Alumni Office. For more information or to register for this event, click here.