Country Music and Hijinks Hit the Stage at Sunset Players

SSP_The Pump Boys Takin a Break

The Pump Boys Takin’ a Break. Dan Wolking, John Wesseling & Allen Lindsey. Photo by Geri Wesseling.

CINCINNATI, OH – February 19, 2020 — Sunset Players, a Westside community theater group that performs at the Arts Center at Dunham, will be filled with country music with Pump Boys and Dinettes from March 6 through 21.

A musical comedy written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann and directed by Don Frimming, the Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. With gallons of hilarity and slices of heartbreak, they perform an evening of country and western songs on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils.

For its 40th anniversary season, Sunset Players reunited the Pump Boys from their original 2001 production with two new Dinettes to round out the cast. The cast includes:

  • Dan Wolking as Jackson
  • Allen Lindsey as L.M.
  • John Wesseling as Jim
  • Eddie as Jerry Yearout
  • Clare Hingsbergen as Prudie Cupp
  • Virginia Pollack as Rhetta Cupp
SSP_Pumpboys Dining at the Double Cupp

Dining at the Double Cupp. Allen Lindsey, Clare Hingsbergen, Virginia Pollack & Dan Wolking. Photo by Geri Wesseling

Produced by special arrangements from Samuel French, Pump Boys and Dinettes performances are March 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. All shows begin at 8:00 pm, except Thursday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program will provide sign language interpreting for the deaf community on the second Saturday performance.

Tickets are $20 or $18 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. They can be purchased online at the Sunset Players website ( or at the door.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 145 shows. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance. For more information about the 40th season, visit our website at or like us on Facebook.


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