Press Release 17-18 Season

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2017                                                         

CONTACT: Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org    /    901.682.8601

 

Theatre Memphis Announces 2017-18 Season

Theatre Memphis has made its play selections for the 2017-18 season and they include a variety of entertainment that touches many bases. Featuring musicals, comedy, drama, classics and new work, the season offers options and regional premieres to Memphis patrons.

The 411 seat proscenium Lohrey Stage will begin the season with the energetic, family-friendly Shrek, the Musical. The fairy tale story tells of an embittered ogre seeking to rescue (and to win the love of) a temperamental yet beautiful princess. With a faithful steed, Donkey, and a mix of misfits, the show is a musical comedy extravaganza.  Stage Kiss - a contemporary comedy – will follow in the season line up. A charming tale, ex-lovers share a stage kiss and the actors share a real one creating a situation where life and art are imitating each other. Fences will next bring to the stage the exploration of a former star of the Negro baseball league who finds his bitterness at rejection in the big leagues takes a toll on his relationships. Especially with his son who wants to pursue the same dreams as his father. In March of 2018, The Drowsy Chaperone, a parody of the American musical, finds that a man’s favorite fictitious show comes to life for a masterful madcap show poking fun at the genre and all of its toe-tapping joy. Next, drama in all of its glory will be presented in the production of August Osage County. An exploding maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets, this is an unflinching exposé of the dark side of a Midwestern American family. Closing the Lohrey Stage season will be 42nd Street, a wildly popular musical about a small town young girl going after her dreams in the Big City. While facing adversity she learns about show business and discovers which relationships are important in life.  Of course, the family favorite, A Christmas Carol*, will be performed as a special holiday offering in December for the 40th consecutive year at Theatre Memphis.

Three “Memphis” Tenors … and a Baritone* will be an original Summer Showcase in July of 2017 featuring four talented gentlemen who have recently graced the Theatre Memphis stages with their strong vocals. Conceived and conducted by musical director Jeff Brewer, the show will include favorites from opera, operettas and Broadway.

The 100 seat black box Next Stage season leads off with Twelve Angry Jurors, a courtroom drama perfect for the intimate setting. The story is a blistering character study of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check. The groundbreaking musical Falsettos comes up next depicting a modern family before its time while dealing with life-altering issues of its time. Following in the Next Stage will be the return of Souvenir (originally produced in our 2009 -10 season). The popular stage production celebrates Florence Foster Jenkins, the wealthy eccentric, self-promoted singer from the 1930’s who was incapable of producing two notes in tune consecutively. Actors Jude Knight and David Shipley will be reprising their roles in the two-man presentation. The final show in the Next Stage is An Act of God. In your face and over the top, mysteries of the Bible are explored and revealed in this comedy while answering the existential questions that have plagued man since creation … in just 90 irreverent minutes.

Season memberships for the 2017-18 season will be available March 10, 2017 by calling 901.682.8323 and are $135 which includes six tickets. All tickets are good to use on any performance and can be used in any combination on any show, excluding A Christmas Carol, TM/PM cabarets and Summer Showcases, all of which are not part of the membership package.  Season members do, however, receive discounts on tickets to these events and holiday and special offerings.  Memberships secured prior to April 11, 2017 will receive a $10 discount off the regular membership price. All shows are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays with matinees on Sundays at 2pm, unless otherwise designated.  Single ticket prices for adults are $30 for musicals and $25 for dramas/comedies, $15 for students. There is a $5 discount on full price adult tickets for military personnel and seniors 62 and older.

Dates for all productions are listed below:

Summer Musical Showcase

Three “Memphis” Tenors … and a Baritone*

Conceived and musical direction by Jeff Brewer. Performed by Philip Himebook, Charles McGowan, Kevar Lane Maffitt and Charles “Chuck” Hodges

July 7 - 23, 2017

 

Lohrey Stage

Shrek, the Musical - – Theatre Memphis PREMIERE

August 18 – September 10, 2017

Stage Kiss – REGIONAL PREMIERE

October 6 – 22, 2017

A Christmas Carol*

December 1 – 23, 2017

Theatre Memphis’ 40th Annual Production

Fences

January 19 – February 4, 2018

The Drowsy Chaperone – Theatre Memphis PREMIERE

March 9 – 31, 2018

August Osage County – Theatre Memphis PREMIERE

April 27 – May 13, 2018

42nd Street

June 8 – July 1, 2018

 

Next Stage

12 Angry Jurors

October 6 - 22, 2017

Falsettos -– Theatre Memphis PREMIERE

November 3 - 18, 2017

Souvenir

February 9 - 25, 2018

An Act of God – REGIONAL PREMIERE

April 6- 22, 2018

 

*NOT PART OF THE SEASON MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended @ Southern Avenue and is a community theatre whose mission it is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.

Theatre Memphis receives funding from ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

 

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