Sponsor a Shrek Character

Host a Costumed Character and Be Ogre’est

Join in the fun and host a costumed character of one of the characters in our production of Shrek the Musical this August. Your support will help offset the expense of creating some of the most memorable personalities in musical theatre.


As a Host you will also be Ogre’est with an invitation to an event on August 17, 2017, 6pm where you will get to meet your character and have your photo taken with them and enjoy a cocktail buffett. You will also be invited to attend the preview performance at 8pm.


Contributions are tax-deductible and will be recognized in our printed program and can be an honorarium to celebrate a favorite person or occasion.

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3 Memphis Tenors and a Baritone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 15, 2017

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org         901.682.8601

 

Summer Showcase on the Next Stage

Memphis, TN - Three Memphis Tenors… and a Baritone, a fun and original cabaret performance as part of a Summer Showcase, opens at Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage July 7 and runs through July 23, 2017. Featuring four Theatre Memphis mainstay performers, Philip Himebook, Charles McGowan, Joseph Lackie, and Charles “Chuck” Hodges, Theatre Memphis has created its very own version of the “The Three Tenors” but with a twist.  With favorites primarily from Broadway and opera, musical director Jeff Brewer has conceived an evening that will unite the best and brightest voices for the perfect summer offering.

Theatre Memphis has presented a Summer Showcase over the past few years as an additional production outside the scheduled season offerings. The performances have traditionally been ones that are brought back from a successful run in the previous season or as preview to what will be produced in the next season. With the added event, Theatre Memphis offers 12 productions over the season which typically runs August through June.

“We found that we were able to utilize a time slot that traditionally was not being filled with a performance,” says Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch. “Summers typically were when we had down time for our staff and handled repair and updates to our facility,” she relates. “But with planning and creative thinking we found the time and resources to still produce the quality show we like to produce and the benefit is our patrons have another chance to be entertained.”

The Summer Showcase is not a part of the regular season membership, but season members do get discounts on full price adult tickets. A special cocktail buffet preview will be held on July 6, 2017, that will include the performance, food and an open bar. Price of the preview event is $100 per person and tickets can be obtained by calling the box office at 901.682.8323. $50 per ticket is tax-deductible.

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TITLE: Three Memphis Tenors… and a Baritone

CONCEIVED BY: Jeff Brewer

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Jeff Brewer

FEATURING: Philip Himebook, Joseph Lackie, Charles McGowan, and Charles “Chuck” Hodges

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: July 7 - 23, 2017

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 student; $25 Military and 62 and older

SPECIAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCE AND COCKTAIL BUFFET: June 6 @ 6pm. $100 per person; $5- per person tax-deductible

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran

Promotional image attached.  Production photos available July 4, 2017.

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

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:

First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.

   

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South Pacific Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           May 3, 2017

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org        901.682.8601

 

First Time for Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic on TM Stage

Memphis, TN – South Pacific sails onto the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage June 2 - 25, 2017. This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows a nurse stationed on an island during World War II who is in love with a French expatriate plantation owner. She struggles accepting his mixed-raced children and, along with another romance between a U.S. Lieutenant and a young island native, issues of racial prejudice and gender roles are candidly explored. Filled with memorable songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”, to name a few.


“Addressing issues of prejudice, race, and acceptance, this classic piece of musical theater is more relevant than ever”, declares director Jordan Nichols. “The love story is universal and is the real appeal to the audience ..., “ he continues, “… along with some of the most memorable show tunes of all time.  Audiences will be moved to laughter and tears as they follow the struggles of war and finding love in the most unlikely of places.” Supporting Nichols are Gary Beard as Music Director and Travis Bradley as Choreographer. The show stars Amy P. Nabors as Nellie Forbush and Kent Fleshman as Emile de Becque.

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch exudes pride with this production. “I can’t believe that in the almost 100 years of Theatre Memphis’ history we have never produced South Pacific,” Litch says. “It is about time that we brought this classic to our patrons with the level of artistic excellence that we are able to give it. I promise that if you come to see it that it will be one enchanted evening.”

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TITLE: South Pacific

MUSIC  BY:  Richard Rogers

LYRICS BY: Oscar Hammerstein II

BOOK BY: Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan

DIRECTOR: Jordan Nichols

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Gary Beard

CHOREOGRAPHER: Travis Bradley

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: June 2 - 25, 2017

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students, $25 seniors 62 and above and military personnel

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Kitty Cannon & Jim Waller, John & Anne Robilio, Dorothy O. Kirsch and Juve Salon Spa

MEDIA SPONSOR: Clipper Magazine, Valpak The Best Times and WKNO 91.1FM

Promotional graphic attached.  Production photos available 05/30/17.

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

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission

 

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Press Release Rasheeda Speaking

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     March 19, 2017

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org        901.682.8601

 

Contemporary Conflict in the Next Stage

Memphis, TN - Rasheeda Speaking, a shocking dark comedy opens at Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage April 7 and runs through April 23, 2017. This tense workplace thriller examines the realities  office politics when two female co-workers, one black, one white, are driven apart by the implications and leading suggestions of their boss.  Contention, bigotry and gross generalizations are prevalent in this show that displays racial paranoia that keeps you in its claustrophobic grips right up to the unexpected ending.

Director Jerry Chipman talks about the show in terms of how it relates to today’s social environment. “The play's characters display moments of hypocrisy that blow the lid off the self-congratulating idea that we live in a ‘post-racial’ America,” Chipman explains. He continues, “There's an element of the characters shifting and interchanging the roles of victim and villain that unfortunately fairly reflect our current society. Manipulation becomes the order of the day.” The cast includes leads Jessica Johnson and Anne Marie Caskey as the two co-workers embattled in a stereotype, thinly veiled, racially driven situation fueled by Brian Everson as the doctor/employer and Dusty Walsh as the elderly, racist patient.

“Shows like Rasheeda Speaking are a perfect fit for our Next Stage,” states Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch. A small cast is not necessarily to what Litch is referring. “Being a smaller venue in the Next Stage, we are able to take risks with newer scripts and really meaningful content,” she says. “It is part of what we feel is our duty as a community theatre … creating a dialogue regarding the issues in the community in creative ways.”

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TITLE: Rasheeda Speaking

ADAPTED BY: Joel Drake Johnson

DIRECTOR: Jerry Chipman

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: April 7 - 23, 2017

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 student; $20 Military and 62 and older

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran and Bert & Carol Barnett

MEDIA SPONSORS:  WKNO 91.1FM

Promotional image attached.  Production photos available April 4, 2017.

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

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:  First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.

   

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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 ACQUIRED THROUGH APRIL 11, 2017 WILL RECEIVE A $10 DISCOUNT OFF THE REGULAR MEMBERSHIP PRICE 

GET $5 OFF THROUGH JULY 5, 2017. 

GET A 7TH TICKET FREE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2017.

NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE.

CALL THE BOX OFFICE @ 901.682.8323 TO ORDER.

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

September 15 - October 1, 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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Special "Carol" Performance/Discount for Community Service Personnel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:            December 6. 2016                                          

CONTACT:                                         Randall Hartzog

                                                            Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications

                                                            rhartzog@theatrememphis.org

901.682.8601

 

Special Night and Offer to Community Service Personnel 


Memphis, TN – Theatre Memphis has created a special night to honor some people that are special to every family and our whole community ...

Saluting Our Heroes with a Discount to A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 11 @ 7pm

In honor of those who protect, serve, care and teach all of us, Theatre Memphis is offering $15 adult tickets and $5 Student/Youth tickets for the 7pm performance of A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 11, 2016, to all area military, law enforcement, firefighter and emergency personnel and county and municipal teachers. The offer is only available by calling the box office at 901.682.8323 and is not available online. Limit of six tickets per order. Not valid with any other discounts. Qualifying ID required at time of ticket pick up.

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A Christmas Carol Interview on WKNO

Listen here as Jason Spitzer talks about directing and performing as Scrooge.
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Liberace! Press Release 16

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    September 20, 2016

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

                                                rhartzog@theatrememphis.org      901.682.8601

Liberace!  Re-Dazzles at Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TN—Liberace! returns September 30 and runs until October 16, 2016, in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis as an encore performance of the 2015 summer fundraising hit. Featuring Gary Beard as the title character, this moving and highly entertaining tribute to the performer and musician famous for his charm, glitz, and glamour relives the highs (and lows) of Liberace’s prolific life revealing the real person behind the persona. Interwoven with a rollicking piano score spanning classical and popular music from Chopin to “Chopsticks” and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, this production will have the audiences cheering the life of a unique American icon.

Liberace! is performed as a solo act by veteran musician Gary Beard who has served as Music Director and consultant to Theatre Memphis over the past decade. Most recently he was the Music Director for the acclaimed Theatre Memphis production of Into the Woods. Retired from Lindenwood Christian Church after 37 years of service there as Director of Music and Artist in Residence.

On playing such an iconic character as Liberace, Beard relates, “The biggest challenge is that he was such a unique character and performer. His playing style was flashy, but it was also good. He also had a very unique and affected speaking voice, and though I'm not trying to 'be' him, I think the character has to have some of that in order to portray Liberace.“

Director Bennett Wood says directing Beard again is a real treat. “We have worked harmoniously on so many shows as stage director and music director that we have a totally comfortable collaboration.  We are fine tuning a bit this time but essentially we are restaging what we did last summer. I totally trust his musical expertise, he totally trusts my theatricality.”   Wood continues, “The script as written calls for both presentation and impersonation, Gary is adept at both. Our principle work has been on showing the conflict in him between the artist and the entertainer. This is the spine of the play.”

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch exalts, “Gary is the perfect person to portray a musical icon like Liberace … the charm, technique and entertaining ability come naturally to Gary. I am so thrilled to be able to again showcase a Memphis legend playing a true national treasure. This show is all about entertainment!”

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TITLE: Liberace!

BY: Brent Hazelton

DIRECTOR: Bennett Wood

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: September 30 – October 16, 2016

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 student; $25 Military and 62 and older

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: Gene and Sandra Cochran  

MEDIA SPONSORS: The Best Times and WKNO 91.1FM

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

 

 

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Beauty and the Beast Press Release

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    July 26, 2016

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org /  901.682.8601

Family Favorite Disney Musical Opens Theatre Memphis New Season

Memphis, TN – Theatre Memphis is presenting the Disney family classic musical, Beauty and the Beast, September 2 - 25, 2016, on the Lohrey Stage. This fun and family friendly musical, adapted from the original Disney film, brings to life the timeless story of a selfish and hot tempered prince who is turned into a hideous monster and must win the affection of a beautiful, young girl in order to regain his humanity. This musical includes the classic scores of “Be Our Guest”, “If I Can’t Love Her”, “A Change in Me”, the title song “Beauty and the Beast” and many more. The exuberant musical offers humor, romance, and excitement for all ages.

Director Amy Hanford says, “This is my favorite musical … and then again I love all things Disney. The irony here is that I see this as a real story and that is how I am approaching it.” With the fantastical love story being so prominent in the storyline, Hanford’s realistic approach, she believes, will only make it more universal. “I really want the entire audience to have fun but walk away knowing what it is like to have a real change of heart and that love can win,” Hanford proclaims. “This is a show for everybody with a message for everybody, children and adults. As is implied by the script, don’t judge a book by its cover. A great message for today’s world.”

The cast features TM veterans like Charles K. Hodges (Beast), Jude Knight (Mrs. Potts), Kevar Maffitt (Cogsworth), Caiden Britt (Lumiere) and Phillip Himebook (Gaston), but making her much anticipated Theatre Memphis debut is Ashley McCormack (Belle) who has performed on almost every stage in the MidSouth. The remainder of the large cast is rounded out by the talents of a score of actors ranging from ages 7 to 87 featuring, relatively, Josie Todd (Chip) and Barry Fuller (Maurice). Other principals include Edna Dinwiddie (Madame la Grande Bouche), Nicole Hale (Babette), Charles McGowan (D’Arque), Tyler Vernon (Prince), Jason Eschhofen (La Fou), Jacquelyn Skoog, Courtney Tucker and Ellen Inghram (Silly Girls).

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch has had Beauty and the Beast on the Theatre Memphis bucket list for almost eight years. “I knew this was the perfect show that Theatre Memphis could do with the designers and talent we have available to us as staff and volunteers. The “across-the-board” appeal this show has is a PERFECT fit for our season opener and Amy was the perfect fit to direct it. And we have the perfect Musical Director in Jeff Brewer and Choreographer in Travis Bradley. It’s perfectly cast … I don’t want to jinx myself, but how can this show NOT be perfect?”

 

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TITLE: Beauty and the Beast

MUSIC BY: Alan Menken

LYRICS BY: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice

BOOK BY:  Linda Woolverton

DIRECTOR: Amy Hanford

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Jeff Brewer

CHOREOGRAPHER: Travis Bradley

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: September 2 – September 25, 2016

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays and Saturdays 9/10, 9/17 and 9/24

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students, $25 seniors 62 and above and military personnel

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: Dr. Thomas Ratliff, Jones Bros. Tree and Landscape, a Davey company, Jackson Lewis, LLP and Jeff Brewer.

MEDIA SPONSOR: WKNO 91.1FM

Production photos available 8/30/16.

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

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission

 

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Compleat Wrks WKNO Interview

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Compleat Wrks Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     

March 21, 2016 

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org / 901.682.8601   

Celebrating Shakespeare At Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TNThe Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) will run from April 8 until April 24, 2016, in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis as the Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield comical parody takes the spotlight to honor William Shakespeare’s life. Three actors take on William Shakespeare in all his glory in an animated and shortened interpretation of a wide range of his works. Typically the actors portray themselves rather than certain characters and some scenes involve audience participation. The fourth wall is non-existent as improvisation and pop culture weave into the performance.   

Jeff Posson directs this engaging, hilarious production that is a modern mash-up of so much of Shakespeare. Posson promotes, “I think the major difference in our production is that we have taken great pains to make the show engaging for a 2016 crowd. The base script that the original creators developed is still an amazing foundation, but we've taken steps to update many of the references while never moving away from the original intent of the Messrs. Long, Singer and Winfield. The Next Stage is such a wonderful space and the immediacy of the audience allows for wonderful direct interaction.”   

The cast includes, according to Posson, “… three open-minded, inherently, funny actors….” He says, “I was looking for three actors who, above all, MUST LOVE SHAKESPEARE.” And the three he found are Joshua Hitt, Meghan Lisi and Kevar Maffit. “I consider Shakespeare to be, hands down, the greatest playwright in English history,” Posson continues, “ but I also believe that he appreciated a good joke …  I hope we've crafted a show that would make him laugh.”   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says, “We wanted to honor William Shakespseare’s 400th anniversary of his death like so many theatres are … and to keep it fun we decided on ‘The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr’. So in a celebratory way, we are tipping our hats to him and to all who have followed by acknowledging so many of his works in a special way for a no holds “Bard” good time.”  

 A late night 11pm performance will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016, as a tribute to Shakespeare as the show will roll into April 23 … the probable birthdate and actual death date of the master playwright.     

 TITLE: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) 

 WRITTEN BY: Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield 

 DIRECTOR: Jeff Posson 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: April 8 – April 24, 2016, SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Friday, April 22, 2016. 11pm TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

 TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene and Sandra Cochran

Production photos available 4/6/16. Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:    

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2016-17 Season Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           February 15, 2016                                            

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org / 901.682.8601 

Theatre Memphis Announces 2016-17 Season 

Theatre Memphis has made its play selections for the 2016-17 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 Lohrey Stage will begin the season with an all-time family favorite musical Beauty and the Beast, based on the Disney movie of the same name. The story tells of a monster who must win the pure love of woman to be returned to a human prince. The City of Conversation*, - just recently Off Broadway - will follow in the season line up as a social commentary on Washington, D.C. politics. A famous socialite hosts events where the government deals get done and that span six presidential administrations. In spite of her prominence, she must face off with her son’s wife who is a political, conservative opposite. 39 Steps will next bring on a lighter note as a melodramatic comedy based on an Alfred Hitchcock film. Four actors play all the roles with romantic entanglement and lightning-fast quick changes. In March of 2017, Side Show*, a musical based on a true story from the 1930’s of conjoined twins who gained fame for their performances but seek different goals in life, will be on the stage. Conflict emotionally separates them and only heartache brings them back together. A literary classic, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the relationships of wealthy Southern family as recurring motifs of social mores, greed, sexual desire and death are presented in the Mississippi Delta plantation home. Closing the Lohrey Stage season will be South Pacific which has never been performed on a Theatre Memphis stage. A wildly popular musical, the Rodgers and Hammerstein staple involves a World War II nurse who falls for a middle-aged French expatriate and she struggles with accepting his past. Along with another romance between a naval officer and an island native, the issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored.  And of course, the family favorite, A Christmas Carol, will be performed as a special holiday offering in December for the 39th consecutive year at Theatre Memphis. Debbie Sings: Judy, Just for You will be a Summer Showcase Special show in July of 2016 featuring Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch in a one woman presentation of the performer Judy Garland, famous for her style and glamour. This is an encore presentation of an original production presented last year to Theatre Memphis donors as a “thank you” for their support. This re-staging is due to the overwhelming response received from those two performances. 

The black box Next Stage season leads off with a return engagement of Liberace!  featuring Gary Beard in a one man presentation of the performer famous for his charm, glitz and glamour. A huge hit as last season’s Summer Showcase, this restaging reveals the real person behind the persona and is interwoven with a rollicking piano score spanning classical and popular music. The often comedic but no less authentic One Ham Manlet comes up next presented as an original work performed by the author, Ryan Kathman, who plays all the characters in an adapted version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Following in the Next Stage will be the Jon Jory adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility. Sisters find themselves captivated by two very different men and when a scandalous past and a secret engagement come to light, the sisters must rely on themselves and each other.  The final show in the Next Stage is Rasheeda Speaking*. Office politics and protocol are central in a confrontation between co-workers as contention, bigotry and gross generalizations are prevalent and issues come to a head via the prickly relationships. 

Season memberships for the 2016-17 season will be available March 11, 2016 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 which are not part of the membership package.  Season members do, however, receive discounts on tickets to holiday offerings and special events.  Memberships secured prior to April 12, 2016 will receive a $10 discount off the regular membership price. 

All shows are at 7:30pm Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays with matinees on Sunday at 2pm, unless otherwise designated.  Single ticket prices for adults are $30 for musicals and $25 for dramas/comedies, $15 for students. 

*Regional Premiere  

Dates for all productions are listed below:  

July 15 - 31, 2016

Summer Musical Showcase, Debbie Sings:  Judy, Just for You

Conceived and directed by André Bruce Ward, Musical direction by Gary Beard, Performed by Debbie Litch

Lohrey Stage

The Beauty and the Beast

September 2 - 25, 2016

The City of Conversation – REGIONAL PREMIERE

October 21 – November 6, 2016

A Christmas Carol

December 2 – 23, 2016 Theatre Memphis’ 39th Annual Production

39 Steps

January 20 – February 5, 2017

Side Show– REGIONAL PREMIERE

March 10 – April 2, 2017

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

April 28 – May 14, 2017

South PacificJune 2 – 25, 2017 

Next Stage

Liberace!

September 30 – October 16, 2016

One Ham Manlet - ORIGINAL WORK

November 10 - 20, 2016

Sense and Sensibility

February 10 - 26, 2017

Rasheeda Speaking– REGIONAL PREMIERE

April 7 - 23, 2017 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.  Visit our website at www.theatrememphis.org.Theatre Memphis receives funding from ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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TM closed Dec 24 - Jan 03

Theatre Memphis will be closed Dec 24 - Jan 3 to allow the staff to enjoy the holidays. The administrative offices will re-open Jan 4 at 9am. 

The box office will re-open Jan 5 at 10am.

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A Christmas Carol Radio Interview

Hear interview with director Jason Spitzer and WKNO Checking on the Arts host Kacky Walton here.

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A Christmas Carol 2015 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     

November 24, 2015 

 CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org   901.682.8601   

A Christmas Carol Continues Memphis Family Tradition

Memphis, TN – A Memphis family holiday tradition, Theatre Memphis’ 38th annual production of A Christmas Carol will run December 4 until December 23, 2015, on the Lohrey Stage. Miserly and rich Ebenezer Scrooge is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of an upcoming spiritual journey. An eye opening exploration leads to happiness and enlightenment, not to mention song, dance, and holiday cheer.   

Director Jason Spitzer returns to helm this year’s production for the sixth time. “Tradition is important to a story like this and we try to be true to the story. It makes it easier when you have committed actors who return year after year to make it part of their tradition as well.”   

One of those actors returning is John Rone who is back for his sixth year to play Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s poor assistant with the family that includes the famous character of Tiny Tim. According to Rone, “After having seen A Christmas Carol various times over the years sat Theatre Memphis — but never having appeared in it — I was very curious about the new production that director Jason Spitzer and scenic designer Christopher McCollum devised back in 2010. At that time I thought it would be an interesting experience to be part of a brand new production of such a beloved show.” Rone also wanted the chance to work with the long-time Scrooge at TM, Barry Fuller. Rone recalls, “He was the first professional actor I ever saw, thanks to my high school English teacher who took a group of us to Front Street Theatre to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barry was Puck). Barry was (and still is) quite magical on stage. He made a lasting impression on me.  So playing Bob Cratchit to Barry’s Ebenezer Scrooge was a very fulfilling proposition. “    

Though Fuller “retired” from the Scrooge role two years ago (portrayed since by David Shipley), Rone continued to be drawn to the Cratchit role. Having been influenced at a young age by the effervescent Fuller, Rone had been instilled with a sense of responsibility. “I know that attending A Christmas Carol is a tradition among so many families and that for some it is the only live theatre that they see,”  Rone admits. “This encourages me to give as serious a performance as I would in any other show. Although I’ve done many plays over the years, it is for A Christmas Carol that more people, especially children, have recognized me and taken the trouble to tell me how much they enjoyed the show. I hope in the same way that Barry Fuller inspired me, I might also leave an enjoyable memory in some young person’s mind and that they will be among the cast of A Christmas Carol in the years to come.   

Theater Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch celebrates that families and cast members come back to see and perform in A Christmas Carol year after year. She says, “It is so wonderful to be a part of so many family traditions and to have a feeling of family in the cast. It is a special show and gets so many in the “spirit.’”   

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TITLE: A Christmas Carol 

DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: December 4 – December 23, 2015 

TIMES OF SHOWS Wednesdays 12/16 & 12/23 @ 7:00pm; Thursdays 12/10 & 12/17 @ 7:00pm; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays @ 7:00pm with matinees @ 3:00pm on 12/6,12/12, 12/13, 12/19 & 12/20; Monday 12/21 and Tuesday 12/22 @ 7:00pm 

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students 

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

SPONSORED BY: AutoZone, Dina and Brad Martin, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. 

MEDIA SPONSORS: ValPak, Clipper Magazine, WRVR 104.5FM and The Best Times Promotional graphic attached.  Production photos available 12/1/15. 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission        

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Doubt - WKNO interview

Here the entire interview with director Tony Isbell and Checking on the Arts host Kacky Walton here.

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Doubt press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2015 

CONTACT: Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org or 901.682.8601   

Doubt Takes Hold of Next Stage at Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TN – An intensely dramatic parable, Theatre Memphis’ production of Doubt will open November 6 and run until November 21, 2015, in the Next Stage. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best play, Doubt is set in the Bronx in 1964 where a rigidly conservative nun who is Principal at a Catholic elementary school comes to believe there has been sexual misconduct between a beloved, progressive parish priest and the school’s only African American student. Even confronting the priest and the child’s mother does not bring light to the mysterious circumstances and the church’s resolution only brings more mistrust and suspicion to the Sister’s beliefs.   

Tony Isbell directs the production at TM and thinks navigating the controversial subject matter is simply a matter of letting the ambiguity keep the audience guessing. “To my mind the show is not “about” sexual abuse. That would be a very different type of play,” he says. “What the show is really about is the impossibility of ever knowing anything with absolute certainty … is there ever one, absolute truth? In the course of the play we see these characters, all with different degrees of certainty and doubt, struggle to reach some understanding of the truth. And though actions are taken and results are obtained, the answer to the ultimate question is never given. The audience is left to try to puzzle out the solution in their own minds. And I think this was Shanley’s intention.” The cast consists of accomplished actors Christina Wellford Scott as Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Principal) and Ryan Kathman as Father Brendan Flynn (Priest). Michelle Miklosey and Antoinette K. Harris round out the small, established ensemble as Sister James and Mrs. Muller, respectively.

Executive Producer of Theatre Memphis, Debbie Litch says, “Though the scandalous premise of the show is terribly current, the interest here is about the human condition of basic trust. Our Next Stage is a perfect venue to offer up these types of issues for discussion and reflect on what is a larger question, Who can you believe?” 

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 TITLE: Doubt 

 WRITTEN BY: John Patrick Shanley 

 DIRECTOR: Tony Isbell 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: November 6-21, 2015 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene and Sandra Cochran 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:   

FirstTennessee/ArtsFirst

The Jeniam Foundation

ArtsMemphis

Temmessee Arts Commission

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High Ground Interview with Debbie Litch

Interview with Debbie Litch

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Wait Unitl Dark broadwayworld.com Review

"...chilling"

See entire review here.

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Wait Until Dark Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     October 12, 2015

 CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org   901.682.8601    

Suspenseful Thriller Takes the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis

 Memphis, TNWait Until Dark creeps onto the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis October 16 – November 1, 2015. Unknowingly in possession of stolen jewels, Sam and his blind wife, Susy, are the target of three con men trying to retrieve the contraband. Deception, murder and intimidation lead to Susy using all of her wits and the darkness she is familiar with to her benefit to ultimately survive.    

Directing the drama is Tracey Zerwig Ford who is incorporating suspense techniques from Film Noir of the 1940’s. “We use lighting and sound and sets in non-conventional ways to heighten the tension of the script and dramatic action,” she says. Andria Wilson leads the cast as the sight-impaired Susy who has the physical challenge of outmaneuvering her aggressors with her heightened senses and survival instinct. Though portraying the character is difficult, Wilson is focused on what is real and can bring that to the role having been declared legally blind at the age of 9. 

“Due to rapid deterioration of my vision via nearsightedness … I remember that poor vision kept me from experiencing  normal childhood activities,” Wilson recalls. “I found it as a barrier of connection to my friends.”  But in her 20’s a new surgical procedure helped her reclaim her vision and,  “After that day my ‘normal’ was no longer ‘normal’ .. I could actually see when I awoke.”  When in rehearsal Wilson made a special connection with the role of the blind Susan, not just through her experience, but with the help of a consultant, Stephanie Jones, blind herself, who is a teacher at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. According to Ford, Jones has been a resource to understanding the blind experience and she beams,  “We are incorporating so much of what she shared in the play.”    

Wilson also has been relying on Jones as a guide and friend to develop the Susy character. Regarding Jones, “Her input from prop usage to character development has been invaluable.” Wilson also relates, “It also helped when (Susy)  walked through the ‘dark world’ and realized ‘her willingness to own her blindness,use it … to claim her strength.’”   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch doesn’t bat an eye when she proclaims, “’The entertainment value of a show like this is so great. The suspense and drama all play to the strengths of a perfect show for October … I look forward to this being a big hit with this cast and Tracey directing. And with the increased awareness of the sight impaired community that has been heightened by this experience, Theatre Memphis will be having a special ‘audio description’ performance for the sight impaired on Sunday, October 25, 2015.”   

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 TITLE: Wait Until Dark 

 WRITTEN BY:  Frederick Knott 

 ADAPTED BY:  Jeffrey Hatcher 

 DIRECTOR: Tracey Zerwig Ford 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: October 16 – November 1, SPECIAL ‘audio description performance” October 25. 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Davey Tree Service and Dr. Thomas Ratliff

Promotional graphic attached.  Production photos available 10/13/15. 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: 

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The Gin Game broadwayworld.com review

"Poignant Palmers Ace The Gin Game"

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The Philadelphia Story broadwayworld.com Review

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The Philadelphia Story Press Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     April 9, 2015 

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

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org, 901.682.8601   

Romantic Comedy Engages at Theatre Memphis  

Memphis, TN – The Philadelphia Story opens April 24 and runs through May 10, 2015, on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. A classic American comedy, this sophisticated fun and zany satire takes a witty look behind the scenes of a posh socialite wedding.  Tracy Lord is all set to walk down the aisle for a second time when suddenly confronted by an ex-husband and a charming reporter covering the wedding for a national magazine. Tracy will walk down the aisle ... but with whom?    

Directing The Philadelphia Story, Jason Spitzer takes on the challenge of bringing a well-known 1941 comedy movie adaption from screen back to the stage where it was initially a hit in 1939 with Kathryn Hepburn. He says, “In reviving this effervescent social satire for the stage one naturally has to tip one's hat to such a successful film. Audiences expect that, I think. I went about casting the show looking for certain qualities: intelligence, wit, grace, and a kind of patrician elegance for the lead character, Tracy Lord.” He says that lead cast member Natalie Jones embodies those qualities and Kinon Kiplinger, as the “devil may care” ex-husband, has the charm of the leading man of that genre. Other cast members include Steven Brown, John Moore, Carly Nahon, Jude Knight, Evan McCarley, Mark S. Rutledge, James Dale Green, Aliza Moran, Charles Hodges, Edna K. Dinwiddie, Joseph Prestigiacomo, Meredith Koch and John Reynolds.   

Spitzer does not see this as an old play since the subject is universal … including the contemporary situation of the media interfering in the lives of celebrities. “As a society, we're obsessed with the rich and famous,” Spitzer offers. “We want to pry into their lives and live vicariously through their exploits (think the Kardashians). For that reason alone, this play remains uncannily relevant. It's actually incredible that Hollywood hasn't remade the film yet.”  He adds, “The story plays as well today as it did in 1939.”   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch delights in The Philadelphia Story being a part of the Theatre Memphis season. “You just can’t beat a tried and true comedy,” she laughs. “And it adds to the variety we offer our patrons that includes dramas and musicals, too.” 

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 TITLE: The Philadelphia Story 

 WRITTEN BY:  Philip Barry 

 DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: April 24 – May 10, 2015 TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

 TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSOR BY: Social and Dorothy O. Kirsch in memory of Lenore Binswanger  

 Production photos available 04/22/15. 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:    

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Rapture, Blister,Burn WKNO 91.1FM Interview

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Rapture, Blister, Burn Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 March 20, 2015 

CONTACT:Randall Hartzog , Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                                 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org             901.682.8601   

Rapture, Blister, Burn  Lightens Up the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TN – A 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist fresh from off-Broadway, the regional premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn, by  Gina Gionfriddo  ushers into the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis and runs April 3 - 19, 2105. With blazing wit, this new comedy takes a tantalizing look at family, career, romance and the decisions made that may define one’s life.  Decades after college, friends Catherine (a single, successful author and TV personality) and Gwen (a home-bound, married mother of two) reconnect only to discover the career academic and the housewife want the other's life.

According to director Tony Isbell, Rapture, Blister, Burn is “about women who have reached a ‘certain age’ examining the choices they have made in their lives and comparing them with the choices other women have made. It has become a cliché, but it's really about the question: ‘Can a woman have it all’?" Isbell is adamant that the comedy shines through the message and says, “…while it ponders some serious questions, it does so in a way filled with humor and good will and compassion for ALL women, no matter what they have chosen to do in their lives.”  Even though the issue-oriented scenes blur the lines of the “road map” of how to go through life, the humor comes in with the strong, female protagonists who have made choices about their lives and are now having second thoughts about some things. Both deal with this quest in a comedic way, while never denigrating the seriousness of the issues. Isbell laughingly relates, “Both (women) are very funny and very poignant at the same time. The grass is always greener on the other side of the picket fence … or as the case maybe, the skyscraper.”

The cast is led by actors Erin Shelton and Tracie Hansom (Catherine and Gwen, respectively). They are supported by Ann Sharp as the aging mother needing assisted care, Jillian Barron as the young, inquisitive and direct babysitter and Steven Burk as the man (husband) in the middle. The interaction between all is part of the “tri-generational perspective” that Catherine’s character wants.   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch promotes Rapture, Blister, Burn as iconic to the purpose of the Next Stage. “Bringing new and exciting work to our patrons via the Next Stage enables us to produce more contemporary and cutting-edge work,” she says. “In the more intimate space of the Next Stage we can take a higher risk to anticipate high artistic rewards. By engaging newer works we can attract the artistic community’s interest and participation and an ever expanding and younger, more diverse audience.”   

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 TITLE: Rapture, Blister, Burn 

 BY: Gina Gionfriddo 

 DIRECTOR: Tony Isbell 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

 RUN DATES: April 3 - 19, 2015 

 TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran and Bert & Carol Barnett

MEDIA SPONSOR:  WKNO 91.1FM 

Production photos available 04/01/15, 

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:          

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The Boy from Oz Reviews

GoMemphis/The Commercial Appeal

broadwayworld.com

Out 901

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The Boy from Oz WKNO Interview

Listen to Host Kacky Walton talk to director Jerry Chipman and guest artist Josh Walden.  Air date March 4, 2015.

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The Boy from Oz Opening Night Moved to Saturday March 7


Opening Night Moved

Due to weather conditions the opening night for The Boy from Oz  has been moved from Friday, March 6 to Saturday, March 7 @ 8pm. All tickets for Friday will be honored on Saturday but if you need to reschedule for a voucher for another night please call the Box Office at 901.682.8323 Friday, March 6 between 10am and 5pm or Saturday, March 7 noon to 5pm.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the safety of our patrons and performers are our first concern. We look forward to seeing you at this spectacular event.

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Announcing Season 2015-16

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      February 27, 2015                                                            

CONTACT:Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications rhartzog@theatrememphis.org  901.682.8601   

 Theatre Memphis Announces 2015-16 Season   

Theatre Memphis has made its play selections for the 2015-16 season and they include a variety of entertainment that touches many bases. Featuring musicals, comedy, drama, classics and new work, the season offers options to Memphis patrons.   The 411 seat Lohrey Stage will begin the season with The Producers, a zany musical by Mel Brooks based on his film of the same name. Get rich quick producers promote a sure fire Broadway flop only to see it succeed. Wait Until Dark, will follow in the season line up as a suspenseful thriller that shows a blind woman using all her wits to survive a brutal set of con men out to retrieve what they believe to be their contraband. The Lion in Winter will next bring on a historically-based fictional story of Queen Eleanor of Aquataine and her attempt to discredit her husband King Henry II who has imprisoned her for a decade. The fray engulfs their three sons and French royalty who all lay claim to rule. In March of 2016, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, a musical based on a storybook fantasy, brings together the likes of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk and more from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This delightful romp, with a dose of reality thrown in the mix, questions “happily ever after.” A farcical comedy of manners by Noel Coward is presented next as Hay Fever infects hilarity on the stage with the Bliss family. Each member of the family invites a guest to the country house and the confusion and melodrama take over.  Reality slips into fiction leading to the visitors plotting their escape from the mayhem. Closing the Lohrey Stage season will be Oliver! which has never been performed on a Theatre Memphis stage. A wildly popular musical, the Charles Dickens characters come to life as an orphan and his associates scramble to survive and to find joy in their journey.  And of course, the family favorite, A Christmas Carol, will be performed as a special holiday offering in December for the 38th consecutive year at Theatre Memphis. Liberace! Will be a Summer Showcase Special show in July of 2015  featuring Gary Beard in a one man presentation of the performer famous for his charm, glitz and glamour.     

The black box Next Stage season leads off with The Gin Game, a Tony Award winner for Best Play.  A lonely woman in her twilight years has entered a home for the aged and then is befriended by a male fellow resident. As they seemingly become close over the shuffle of cards as he teaches her to play Gin Rummy, much is revealed of their regret-filled lives and their interaction soon leads to an unsettling confrontation. Doubt comes up next presenting a rigidly conservative nun who is the Principal of a Catholic school in 1964. She suspects sexual misconduct between a priest and a student and even confrontation to the priest and the child’s mother only brings more mistrust and suspicion to the sister’s beliefs.  Following in the Next Stage will be a Terrance McNally work. At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.  Scheduled next to follow in the black box theatre is comical parody The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged). Three actors take on William Shakespeare in all of his glory breaking the fourth wall with animated and shortened interpretations improvised and infused with pop culture.   

Visit www.theatrememphis.org for a complete listing of the 2015-16 season.   

Season memberships are available 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 which are not part of the membership package.  Season members do, however, receive discounts on tickets to holiday offerings and special events.  Memberships secured prior to April 15, 2014 will receive a $10 discount off the regular membership price. All shows are at 7:30pm Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays with matinees on Sunday at 2pm, unless otherwise designated.  Single ticket prices for adults are $30 for musicals and $25 for dramas/comedies, $15 for children 11 and  under and students with a valid ID.   Dates for all productions are listed below:    

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Summer Musical Showcase* 

Liberace! By Brent Hazelton,  Performed by Gary Beard,  July 10 – 26, 2015   

Lohrey Stage 

The Producers Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan August 21 – September 13, 2015 

Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott,  October 16 – November 1, 2015 

A Christmas Carol* by Charles Dickens,  December 4 – 23, 2015.  Theatre Memphis’ 38th Annual Production 

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman,  January 22 – February 7, 2016 

 Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine,  March 11 – April 3, 2016 

Hay Fever, by Noel Coward,  April 29 – May 15, 2016 

Oliver!, Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart,  June 10 – July 3, 2016   

Next Stage 

The Gin Game by Donald L. Colburn,  September 18 – October 4, 2015 

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley,  November 6 – 21, 2015 

All Over by Edward Albee,  February 12 – 28, 2016 

The  Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield,  April 8 – 24, 2016

*Not part of the season membership but members do get  discounts on Adult full price tickets.


 Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.    Visit our website at www.theatrememphis.org. Theatre Memphis receives funding from ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.   

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The Boy from Oz Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     February 24, 2015 

CONTACT:Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org / 901.682.8601   

 Guest Artist Follows Road to Oz at Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TNThe Boy from Oz opens March 6 and runs through March 29, 2015, on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. Touted as one of the national premieres on its return to the United States, this “life of” musical tells the story of Peter Allen's rise from an intro act for Judy Garland, to his marriage to her daughter, Liza Minnelli, through his triumph as an Oscar-winning song writer and Radio City Music Hall concert star and his untimely death. Featuring the original songs made popular in night clubs and on tours, memorable hits as “Don't Cry Out Loud,” “Love Don't Need a Reason,” “Everything Old is New Again” and “I Go to Rio” are included In this all out extravaganza.

As guest artist at Theatre Memphis in the lead role of Australian Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz, Josh Walden lives up to the challenge of portraying one of the  most energetic and prolific songwriters and performers of the modern era. His talents extend to both sides of the boards in that he directs and produces for theatre, as well. His production as director of TM’s A Chorus Line in 2013 led to a partnership that set him on a path that brought him back to Memphis to perform on the Lohrey Stage in his own right. Walden returns to Theatre Memphis with open arms and is happy to be on the boards this time. He says, “I love watching the company perform … I'm just so impressed by this community of artists who live completely different lives by day and then shed all their cares to sell this show at night.  They truly inspire me to be better. I love Theatre Memphis.  There is such joy around the theatre.  Everyone is proud of the work and strives towards excellence in all departments.”

Besides his accomplishments in singing and acting, his dancing skills pushed him to create his own company, Walden Dance Theatre, which according to Walden, “couples the technical skills of dancing with the tools of the acting world to create a highly charged theatrical setting while exploring the power of being still.” However, not one to stand still, he also created the film company Walza Productions in 2012 and has already had a film accepted into the New York City Independent Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival. An author of a children’s book and an entrepreneur in event planning and publishing, Walden spends most of his time in the theater having performed in national tours and Off-Broadway and regional theater venues. His Broadway credits include 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles and A Chorus Line.

Jerry Chipman directs his first musical with this production of The Boy from Oz. Having directed a fair amount of comedies and dramas he says, “I saw this show as a drama with production numbers. The biggest difference has been the shared vision.” Chipman adds, “When I signed on to direct I told executive producer Debbie Litch to line up the best musical director and choreographer so they could make a novice ‘look good’. Gary Beard (musical director) and Jared Johnson (choreographer) are an amazing duo. I’ve been amazed by their tireless enthusiasm for getting each number exactly right.” 

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch (who is performing in this production as the legendary Judy Garland) sings not only Walden’s praises, but also the talents of the totally committed cast. “There is no way we can do a show of this magnitude without the talent and dedication of our volunteer performers,” she remarks. “For them to be able to do this type of musical is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And to experience it with a seasoned professional like Josh only elevates the experience for them and the audience.” Chipman supports that thought, “ Josh brings exactly the essential elements: a great sense of showmanship supported by boundless energy and a strong vocal and dancing talent.” 

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TITLE: The Boy from Oz 

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY: Peter Allen 

BOOK BY:  Martin Sherman and Nick Enright 

DIRECTOR: Jerry Chipman 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: March 6 - 29, 2015 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students with valid ID BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 

WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

MEDIA SPONSOR: The Best Times   

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants. Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:  First Tennessee/ArtFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission. 

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 0 comments
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Copenhagen Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 January 28, 2015 

CONTACT:   Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications, 901.682.8601, rhartzog@theatrememphis.org                                                

Copenhagen Fuses Conflict in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis

  

Memphis, TN – Copenhagen, a Tony Award winner for Best Play, explodes onto the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis and runs February 13 – March 1, 2105. Written by Michael Frayn (best known for his farce Noises Off), this drama is based on “what may have happened” when two internationally known physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, meet in 1941 to discuss the creation and ultimate use of nuclear force … for good or for mass destruction. Copenhagen was the location of the actual meeting yet the public never settled on the reason or results for such a meeting which lead to much speculation. 

This sometimes funny, sometimes serious work ingeniously presents the two men in a complex relationship coming together in the afterlife to understand their earthly friendship and its strains. Despite feeling like father and son, the men are divided by politics and basic beliefs leading to tension. Their encounters in this fictional recollection include a wife who adds her own insights into their memories.   

Director Stephen Huff relates, “On one level, this play is about new theoretical nuclear physics and its real-world ramifications. On another level, however, it is about three people whose personal and professional lives intertwined and collided as a result of the development of exciting new scientific theories. Amid the experimentation, competition, and camaraderie of the scientific community and global upheaval of war, there were private joys and agonies lived every day.” The veteran cast includes Jason Spitzer, Gregory Szatkowski and Mary Buchignani Hemphill.   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says a show like Copenhagen is important to be on the Theatre Memphis season.  “Engaging and significant historical reference makes for a thought provoking production,” she says. “This play literally sets the stage for intellectual discourse and debate about human intentions and moral obligations. What better use is there of theatre?”   ### 

 TITLE: Copenhagen BY: Michael Frayn 

 DIRECTOR: Stephen Huff 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: February 13 – March 1, 2015 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 

 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran MEDIA SPONSOR:  WKNO 91.1FM   

 Production photos available 02/10/15   

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

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Of Mice and Men Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 

January 7, 2015 

 CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                              rhartzog@theatrememphis.org             901.682.8601   

 Of Mice and Men Finds a Home on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis   

Memphis, TN – Of Mice and Men opens January 23, 2015, and runs through February 8, 2015, on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. Adapted from John Steinbeck’s own classic novel of the same name, the play hauntingly follows George and Lennie, California migrant workers searching for a better life during the Great Depression.  The unlikely and protective friendship between the two resonates as they strive for the American dream. Their dependence on one another is the strength and the weakness of the relationship. Recognized as a masterpiece of literature, the relevance of the story still rings true today. 

 Director Tracy Zerwig Ford has found that the show’s story has a powerful message that can cross generations and statuses. “I approached this from the perspective of telling a story of dualities,” she relates. “On one hand we are seeing a small story about small working class people over a small period of time, wandering, homeless.  On the other hand we are seeing an epic allegory about the fall of man from God's grace … Cain and Abel's story … where we can chose to be our brother's keeper but compassion and mercy is as violent as the world we find ourselves in.” Ford has previously directed at Theatre Memphis leading the helm for Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Proof.   The cast is led by Stuart Turner (George) who has performed at many venues across the city as well as working backstage, many times as stage manager. His versatility allows him a unique perspective and an appreciation for what goes on “off stage”. He says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering new things with the rest of the cast and production team--things that I haven't seen before or things that I had to see through someone else's eyes.” His sidekick (Lennie) in the production is played by Jeremy D. Bukauskas, a native Memphian having graduated from Overton High School and attending Arkansas State. He worked with a touring show and various theatres across the country before coming back to Memphis for graduate school. The remainder of the cast includes: Willie Derrick, James Dale Green, Joshua Hitt, Todd Nelson, Joseph Prestigiacomo, Ryan Spearman, S. A. Weakley and Taylor Wood.   

“Classic storytelling is always so gratifying,” says Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch. “To have such a strong story as Of Mice and Men on our season just emphasizes our commitment to bring our audiences substance as well as entertainment. Tracy has such a grasp on her material that the story always comes out fresh and moving. We have been lucky to have her to work on this beautifully imagined production.”   

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TITLE: Of Mice and Men WRITTEN BY:  John Steinbeck DIRECTOR: Tracy Zerwig Ford VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 RUN DATES: January 23 – February 8, 2015 TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org SPONSORED BY: Strategic Financial Partners, an office of MetLife     

Production photos available 01/20/15. Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.


Posted by Randall Hartzog at Monday, January 19, 2015 | 0 comments
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A Christmas Carol Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:               November 20, 2014 

CONTACT:                                            

Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org             901.682.8601    

Everything Old Is New Again in A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis   

Memphis, TN – A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis will open December 5, 2014, for the 37th consecutive year but with a new spirit, David Shipley, performing as Ebenezer Scrooge. Theatre Memphis, having completely redesigned the set and costumes a few years ago, will have additional updates to other Spirits (Past, Present and Future) costumes and particular scenes that will enhance the storytelling further. Evening and matinee performances will run through December 23, 2014, Tickets are available by calling 901.682.8323 or by going online to http://theatrememphis.org/a-christmas-carol-2014.   Weekday school matinee performances (a truncated version with Ron Gordon as Scrooge) are on the Lohrey Stage December 3– December 18, 2014 (2 performances per day at 9:30am and 11am). FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRUNCATED VERSION PLEASE GO TO  http://theatrememphis.org/a-christmas-carol-student-matinees   

Director Jason Spitzer returns to direct A Christmas Carol evening performances for the seventh time at Theatre Memphis. “I think the clearest benefit of having worked on the show so long,” he states, “is that when TM's artistic staff and I overhauled the show in 2010 we agreed on a common vision for telling the story and, in the last five years, we've been able to not only achieve that vision but build upon it.” Spitzer is and has directed the daytime version generally marketed to school groups and considers the two versions to be true to each other. He says, “I try not to keep the two shows separate. We've worked very hard to unify both shows, both to simplify the process of remounting them year after year, and to ensure that everyone in the audience gets to see a consistently great show whether they're visiting us with a school group or seeing our closing performance the night before Christmas Eve.”   

For several years Scrooge has been portrayed by local actor Barry Fuller who announced his “retirement” from the role last year. Shipley was an early frontrunner for the role to move forward. According to Spitzer, “David Shipley is delightful in the role of Scrooge. He's tall and lean. He has sharp features. Physically, it's as if Charles Dickens conjured him up especially to play the role. He perfectly captures Scrooge's bitterness regarding the merry-making all around him, and his transformation is truly moving. He's also pretty funny.”   Shipley’s take on the role reveals a respect for what the audience expects. “My primary expectation as an audience member would be to see a faithful and straight-forward telling of the original Dickens story, which most Theatre Memphis' patrons already know in advance they are going to get,” he relates.  “To that end, I base my characterization on a lifetime of having read the book over and over.” He says it is exciting and daunting at the same time to follow in Fuller’s Christmas slippers but he has accepted the task with grace, “Mostly because I like working with Jason Spitzer and Theatre Memphis. I have also been in A Christmas Carol enough times that returning to this show is always very comfortable.” Enough times includes playing the parts of Marley’s Ghost, Bob Crachit, Fred and Topper in various years and combinations.   

Debbie Litch, Executive Producer of Theatre Memphis, celebrates that Theatre Memphis has such a great tradition and so many actors who perform during the busy holiday season and become part of the TM family. Litch proclaims, “One of the most exciting elements of this holiday show is that we see families come back to see A Christmas Carol year after year who have truly made this a family tradition. We love our actors who give of their time and talents at this special time too … and to them all I say ‘God Bless you, every one!’ “   

 TITLE: A Christmas Carol 

 BASED ON THE NOVEL BY: Charles Dickens 

 DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: December 5 - 23, 2014 

 TIMES OF SHOWS: December  5 – 23 Evening performances @ 7pm December 5,6,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3pm December 7,13,14,20,21 TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students with valid ID, $10 children 11 and under BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 PRESENTING SPONSOR: AutoZone/ArtsZone 

 SPONSORED BY: Dina & Brad Martin and Davey Tree Expert Company    

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.   Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:   

First Tennessee Foundation, The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Art Commision              

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Monday, November 24, 2014 | 0 comments
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Tintypes Press Release

TINTYPES  Sings of Americana in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis

  

Memphis, TN – Tintypes, a timeless musical romp set between the turn of the 20th century and the onset of World War I, is a musical journey takes the audience through an exciting and tumultuous period of American history.  The rousing score features songs by George M. Cohen, John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin and Victor Herbert, among others.  A wonderful blend of songs … patriotic, romantic, ragtime and popular… brings to life the Great American Songbook. Tintypes will have two performance runs, November 7 – 22, 2014 and January 8 – 18, 2015.   

Conceived by Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle with musical and vocal arrangements by Mel Marvin and orchestration and vocal arrangements by John McKinney, Tintypes tells of a time when change and patriotism went hand in hand. Using archetypal characters as a vehicle to perform some of the best known songs of the time, the larger than life personas take on a universal meaning to celebrate the change and progression of America.   According to director Kell Christie, "Tintypes is a celebration of America in all her glorious diversity. Immigrants, vaudeville performers, robber barons, socialists, warriors, cowboys, and activists are all represented in this musical that features compelling arrangements of classic turn of the century favorites." She continues, "It's interesting how each generation manages to have the same discussions about equality, class differences, immigration, even as we find different ways to have these debates. All points of view are necessary, vital, even, to a thriving democracy."   

Cast members include Courtney Church Tucker as Anna Held, Justin Willingham as Charlie Chaplin, Jessica Spencer as Emma Goldman, Annie Strong as Savannah and Joe Lackie as Teddy Roosevelt. Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch delights in a production like Tintypes. “When the message is so positive and the performers are so talented it just makes for great entertainment,” she says. “This is truly an All-American standout.”   

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 TITLE: Tintypes 

CONCEIVED  BY: Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin & Gary Pearle 

 DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Kell Christie 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Gary Beard 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: November 7 – 22, 2014 and January 8 – 18, 2015 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

 TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran and Stage Set 

 MEDIA SPONSOR:  WKNO 91.1FM 

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Heiress Reviews

From The Commercial Appeal

The Heiress" hits right tone in Theatre Memphis production

by Jon W. Sparks, The Commercial Appeal  Oct 18, 2014

There’s something simple and even stately about “The Heiress” now playing at Theatre Memphis’ Lohrey Stage through Nov. 2. Adapted from Henry James’ short novel “Washington Square,” it’s a straightforward story of love, trust, family and motives where the principal characters fascinate because they attract and repulse us.James, who published the story in 1880, sets it in New York City in 1850. The play, written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and performed on Broadway in 1947, takes a few liberties with the original but maintains the essential conflicts and conversations that make this such a thoughtful, penetrating work.

The story takes place in the household of Austin Sloper, a wealthy and successful doctor living with his shy, plain daughter Catherine in their elegant home on Washington Square. Catherine’s mother was the love of Sloper’s life, vibrant and talented. She died soon after childbirth and he is thoroughly disappointed in his daughter, who exhibits none of the verve or ability of his late wife.Catherine is, in fact, quite sharp, but introverted and intimidated by her father. By chance, a young man named Morris Townsend visits the home and begins a courtship with Catherine, who is starved for the attention and affection. They resolve to wed, but the doctor sees only that Townsend is without money or prospects and clearly wants only to get his hands on Catherine’s fortune.What’s compelling about the story is that instead of sinister people, the main players behave in ways they feel are perfectly sound, whether from love or duty. Their inabilities to change propel the situation, yet as we observe them, we’re unsure where it will end up.

Tony Isbell directs, giving it a proper, well-paced formality that reflects the social time and place. There’s nothing like strained politeness to elevate the level of discomfort.There is a fine intelligence in the performances. Newcomer Michelle Miklosey deftly reveals the shadings of Catherine, who changes in remarkable ways through the story. As her father, Barclay Roberts is well cast as the no-nonsense patriarch, assured of and wearied by his devotion to family.Evan McCarley is a charmer as Townsend, leaving us unsure whether he’s running a con or has sincere intentions. Ann G. Sharp is a pure pleasure as Lavinia, Sloper’s sister who provides comic relief, but whose love of romance and intrigue serves no one well.The set — a front parlor in Sloper’s elegant home — and the costumes of hoopskirts and frock coats are all on the money.

From The Memphis Flyer

by Chris Davis,  The Memphis Flyer  Oct 23, 2014

The Heiress director Tony Isbell asks: "What's wrong with a little melodrama?"

In his day, author Henry James, who wrote the play's source material, would probably give Isbell an answer he wouldn't like. The Washington Square author grew to hate the simplicity of his story. His inability to love the slender, unaffected novel is especially ironic, considering it tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a cripplingly shy woman who is ultimately unable to love because she was perceived as being plain and unclever and grew up unloved as a result. Fortunately, the author's straightforward portrait of a woman struggling with cultural expectations still captures our imagination. It's helped along in no small part by solid to stellar acting and an attractive set and costume design.Isbell appeared in Theatre Memphis' landmark 1986 revival of the show. He starred as Morris Townsend opposite Christina Wellford Scott, who has also returned in a supporting role in this production. Their collective experience is felt in a play that feels grounded and complete.The Heiress is set in New York in the 1850s, and the story goes something like this: Sloper's mother died in childbirth, and as a result, her father, a successful and worldly doctor, sees his daughter as the person who murdered his happiness. Worse, the daughter (so unlike the mother) has the audacity to be plain and ungraceful, with no great ear for music or conversation. Worst of all, she's beguiled by Townsend, a charming but unemployed young profligate who may actually love her a little but is fantasizing openly about the prospects of a wife worth $30,000 a year.There is something uncommonly likeable about actor Barclay Roberts. You can cast him as a complete scumbag, but no matter how vile his character, there's always something that makes you want to give the guy a hug. That intrinsically squeezable quality brings warmth to Dr. Sloper that may or may not really be there. It's one of Roberts' most convincing efforts.Memphis newcomer Michelle Miklosey is especially good at showing audiences just how debilitating shyness can be. Ann Sharp, a Theatre Memphis mainstay, provides comic relief as Catherine's compulsively romantic aunt.To answer Isbell's original melodrama question: When it's presented this thoughtfully, there's nothing wrong with it at all.

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The Heiress WKNO interview

WKNO interview

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The Heiress Promo Video

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The Heiress Press Release

The Heiress Befalls the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis  

Memphis, TN – The Heiress opens October 17, 2014 and runs through November 2, 2014 on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. A timeless story of New York society and status by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, the cost of love in this story focuses on Catherine Sloper, a shy, withdrawn young woman living under the tyranny of her father. Conflict comes as she is suddenly exposed to a world of hope by a handsome young suitor, Morris Townsend.  Is it true love? Can the suitor triumph for love nor money? It comes to light that heartache has a long memory.

Tony Isbell directs the production that reunites him and actress Christina Wellford Scott from a previous Theatre Memphis production of The Heiress in 1986 … only in different roles. In the former production Isbell played the aggressive gentleman caller that seduces Catherine and Scott played Catherine. In this show with Isbell at the helm staging, Scott portrays Mrs. Almond, the eccentric aunt. The dynamic of taking on the different roles brings a perspective to their parts that can elevate the audience experience. “In ’86, I was fortunate enough to play Morris Townsend,” Isbell says. “This was actually my first Main Stage (Lohrey Stage) role at TM. That’s one reason this play has always held a special place in my heart.” He continues, “Christina brings a thorough understanding of the entire play and especially the plight of Catherine Sloper. She is able to use her understanding to deepen her portrayal of Catherine’s aunt.”

The other members leading the cast are Michelle Miklosey as the title character, Cartherine Sloper, Barclay Roberts as her father and Evan McCarley as Morris Townsend, the suitor in question. Rounding out the cast is Ann Sharp, Chelsea Robinson, Jarrod B.Taylor, Bussy Gower and Andria Wilson. Miklosey is experiencing her first time on the TM stage, or any other in Memphis. Isbell revealed, “From the moment of her first reading, I knew there was something about this young woman. She seemed to have an intuitive grasp of the character that came through everything she said and did.”

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says The Heiress is an example of what Theatre Memphis embodies. “Not only is this a story that has proven over time to be popular with audiences and is completely in accord with the variety we seek for our patrons, but we love this kind of production because of the set and costume opportunities and the good roles for women.” She continues, “To have the likes of Tony and Christina to be engaged in a production in which they played such critical roles some time ago, to come back and challenge themselves and their peers to elevate the show to the Theatre Memphis standards is a tribute to what TM has stood for over the past 96 years.” ###  

TITLE: The Heiress

WRITTEN BY:  Ruth and Augustus Goetz

DIRECTOR: Tony Isbell 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: October 17 – November 2, 2014

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $25adults, $15 students with valid ID

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org

SPONSORED BY: First Tennessee Foundation

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Monday, October 6, 2014 | 0 comments
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"Wedding" BWW.com Review

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 It's a nice touch.Ms. Crist has done a fine job with this show. Even before it opens, you know that a lot of love has gone into this production. Spirituals, Big Band numbers, blues - all can be heard by artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby. The set, designed by Jack Yates, is lovingly evocative of the time and characters - oval mirror, kitchen table, old refrigerator and sink in the kitchen; rattan chairs, grape arbor, stump in the garden. I also greatly enjoyed the performers: Lanky Lauren Ledger has worked hard on her Mississippi accent and hits those up and down emotional moments with the skill of a seasoned performer; Judi Bray's "Berenice" (a part she also undertook some seventeen years ago) is loving and warm, yet a woman whose life has been full; and Holden Guibao is an amazing little "John Henry" (I was astonished at the performance Ms. Crist has elicited from him). The entire supporting cast is expert, with a special nod to Delvyn Brown's pomaded, pained, angry "Honey." Through October 5.

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The Member of the Wedding Press Release

The Member of the Wedding Not Married to Traditional Interpretation in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis

Memphis, TNThe Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers will ceremoniously take over the Next Stage at Theatre September 19 – October 5, 2014, as the first production in the 100-seat black box space for the current season. An American classic, this story is funny as it is touching and heart-warming, Frankie, a 12-year-old tomboy, is coming of age in a small Southern town in the 1940s.  She is a troubled adolescent who dreams of escape from her seemingly hopeless environment and is befriended by her loving confidante housekeeper and younger cousin. A plot that has timeless relevance, it is a mid-century look at attitudes on racial and sexual identity that has lessons that can be applied to society today.   Director Irene Crist has assembled a cast that has come together to perform what is conceivably a period piece with modern day messages. She says, “It has been both interesting and horrifying to be working on The Member of the Wedding during this turbulent time in our nation's civil rights history. Our play takes place when civil rights were but a whisper in the community and I want the cast and audiences to understand what strength it took  - takes - to be grounded in one’s belief.”  Leading the cast is Judi Gray as Berenice Sadie Brown and Lauren Ledger as the freedom– and love- seeking child, Frankie Adams. Holden Guibao who recently appeared as Winthrop in TM’s The Music Man plays the young cousin, John Henry West. Other cast members are Paul Webb, Joseph Prestigiacomo, Taylor Wood, Chris Wilson, Delvyn Brown, Thomas King, Leigh Ann Evans, Baylee Thielemier, Hannah Newsom and Thymia Rogers.   Crist reveals, “The play has the power to shock an audience in the way it suddenly depicts wounds in friendships that will likely never heal. The old ways versus the new ways and the thinly veiled, if veiled at all, racism of the late 40s and early 50s are themes that McCullers visits in this epically beautiful tale of one's search for belonging.” Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says the importance of mounting such a strong story is about the message as well as the opportunity. “As a community theatre, Theatre Memphis constantly looks for scripts that will ignite a conversation or bring to light a broader face of our community. The issues addressed in The Member of the Wedding can be related to events currently facing our city and nation and we feel a thoughtful presentation of this show to be absolutely timely and appropriate.” ### 

 TITLE: The Member of the Wedding 

 WRITTEN  BY: Carson McCullers 

 DIRECTOR: Irene Crist 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: September 19 – October 5, 2014 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

 TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSORED BY: Gene and Sandra Cochran 

 MEDIA SPONSORs:  WKNO 91.1FM and  The Best Times

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 0 comments
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Auditions for A Christmas Carol August 16 & 17

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Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Directed by Jason Spitzer                                                                                                           Musical Direction by Jeffery B. Brewer                                                                                 Choreographed by Kathy Caradine

This show requires two casts: A cast for regular evening and weekend performances (full version) and a cast for weekday school matinee performances (truncated version). Auditionees have the opportunity to select the cast for which they would like to be considered. Auditionees may choose to be considered for both casts.While most actors on the Theatre Memphis stage are volunteers, actors who perform in the weekday school cast of A Christmas Carol do get a small stipend.Regular performances (full version) are on the Lohrey Stage December 5 – December 23, 2014Weekday school matinee performances (truncated version) are on the Lohrey Stage December 3 – December 19, 2014 (2 performances per day at 9:00 and 10:45 AM.)

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Tintypes Audition August 23

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BB Awards Party for Volunteers, Sunday, July 13

Named after long time Theatre Memphis volunteers, Bea Miller & Betsy Reeder, this annual TM tradition is held in honor of all our volunteers. Whether you’re a crew member, cast member, usher, director, designer, costume stitcher, scene shop volunteer, or help out in some other way at TM, we hope you will be able to join us for this complimentary, casual celebration.Sunday, July 13, 2014 Social Hour with soda, wine, and beer begins at 4:30.Awards begin at 5:15-5:30. Dinner following.
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Auditions for The Heiress and The Member of the Wedding

AUDITIONS for The Heiress & The Member of the Wedding coming up next weekend (June 28-30) at Theatre Memphis. 
Posted by Randall Hartzog at Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Season 2014-15 PRESS RELEASE

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The Music Man Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 May 8, 2014 

CONTACT:                                              Randall Hartzog                                                                 

Theatre Memphis, 

Director of Marketing and Communications                                                                 

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org              

01.682.8601   

The Music Man Marches onto Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis   

Memphis, TN – The Music Man, an All-American musical classic, opens June 6, 2014 and runs through June 29, 2014 on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. Professor Harold Hill, descends on River City, Iowa, to con the town into organizing a young people’s band and, along the way, selling them “76 Trombones.”  But he didn’t count on meeting Marian the Librarian, hearing “Till There Was You” and finding the love of a good woman and a gaggle of youngsters to tender his fast-talking, sham artist heart.   Director Amy Hanford returns to Theatre Memphis at the helm of the production and will be supported by Music Director Gary Beard and Choreographer Christi Hall. Also in the production is her husband Rob Hanford as the lead, Professor Hill. This is not the first production director Hanford has utilized her spouse’s skills, but it may be the most trying. “With so much going on with a production this big, I usually can always rely on Rob to bring his natural talents to the table and trust his agility,” she says. “This one is different in that we had to be patient while Rob healed from a broken leg before he could “dance on the scenery.”   The cast includes some well known Memphis actors in prime roles including Emily Chateau as Marian, Steve Swift as the Mayor and a custom-cast barbershop quartet that includes the eclectic group of Doug Hardin, Joe Lackie, Kevin Kenny and Charles Hodges. “Besides being talented performers, I wanted authenticity in every element and the cast and special touches we have been able to add to this show makes it something very special,” Hanford relates. “We’ve incorporated several things that will make this production a standout”   Theatre Memphis Executive Director Debbie Litch sings the praises of this The Music Man production, too, “Ending our 2013-14 season with Amy mounting an upbeat, family-friendly musical really reflects how versatile we are at TM and how we strive to have artistic excellence with every show we do.” Hanford concurs, “I can always count on Theatre Memphis to give me the support I need and help me share my vision..” ###  

 TITLE: The Music Man 

 BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS  BY: Meredith Willson 

 BASED ON A STORY BY: Meredith  Willson and Franklin Lacey 

 DIRECTOR: Amy Hanford 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 RUN DATES: June 6 - 29, 2014 TIMES OF SHOWS: Wednesday June 25 and Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students with valid ID, $10 children 11 and under BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org SPONSORED BY: Deborah Dunklin Tipton and Kitty Cannon & Jim Waller and John & Anne Robilio, Hope House and Georgia Pacifi8   Production photos available 4/22/14.   Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.   Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:    

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Harvey initial PR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 April 16, 2014 

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

 rhartzog@theatrememphis.org             901.682.8601   

Harvey Hops to Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis     initial_pr_harvey.docx

Memphis, TN – Harvey, a time-honored classic comedy, opens April 25, 2014 and runs through May 11, 2014 on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. The lead character, Elwood P. Dowd, is inseparable from his best friend and confidant, Harvey, an over six-foot magical white rabbit. Only Elwood can see Harvey so is it any wonder Elwood’s family decides a peaceful sanatorium might be suitable for him – and Harvey?  As it turns out, a sanatorium is the perfect place for a comedy of errors that proves Elwood and Harvey may be the sanest characters around.    Director John Rone has assembled a cast that includes many Theatre Memphis veterans and TM newcomer, Zach Pless in the lead role of Elwood. Pless, a recent graduate of Rhodes College, has performed in various roles during his time at Rhodes College in the McCoy Theatre and is now taking on Memphis community stage roles to the delight of Rone. “I think Zach is a remarkably gifted young actor, “ Rone says. “ Since I work at Rhodes, I try to attend all the productions at the McCoy Theatre on campus. I noticed Zach in a small role in McCoy’s production of The Elephant Man when he was a first year student. I have enjoyed watching his progress through larger and more important roles during his college years.”  Evidence of his growth is that Pless was awarded the top honors for Actor in a Leading Role, College Division (for his role as the Baker in Into the Woods) at the 2013 Ostranders (Memphis Theatre Awards). The remainder of the cast includes: Ann G. Sharp, Robbie Phillips, John Reynolds, Jo Lynne Palmer, Parker Dinwiddie, Jason Spitzer, Brian Everson, Lena Wallace, Jillian Barron and Chris Tracy.   Theatre Memphis Executive Director Debbie Litch muses, “I think it is so great to be able to present such a quirky, funny classic show. Harvey is so accessible to all ages and we love our family friendly shows. So many times our patrons just want to be entertained and not challenged … well, I challenge anyone to not like Harvey.” Rone agrees, “There are some serious themes woven throughout the play and I thought at first I would want to bring those to the forefront. But during rehearsal I realized that all I really wanted to do was to make the show as funny as possible and try my best to realize the vision of the playwright, Mary Chase.” ###   

TITLE: Harvey 

WRITTEN  BY: Mary Chase 

DIRECTOR: John Rone 

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: April 25 – May11, 2014 

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays 

TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID, $10 children 11 and under 

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

SPONSORED BY: Dorothy O. Kirsch and Pageboy Salon & Spa   

Production photos available 4/22/14.   

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

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 0 comments
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MBQ: The Making of TM

The Memphis Business Quarterly issue for April/May/June 2014 features an in-depth and insightful article about the founding and growth of Theatre Memphis. Celebrating long-time cultural organizations, the magazine will be featuring other groups with a 50 year plus history in future issues. Check out the great press for TM by clicking here.

Posted by Randall Hartzog at Monday, April 7, 2014
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