Our History

A Chattanooga Treasure Since 1923

Founded in 1923 as the Little Theatre of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, a member the Association of American Community Theatres, the Tennessee Theatre Association, Tennesseans for the Arts, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference, is one of the oldest, largest, and busiest community theatres in the country. Having continued to operate during World War I and the Great Depression, we’re also the oldest continuously running theatre in the nation.

 

Chattanooga Theatre Centre volunteers

 

Our 11 productions per year, seen by audiences of more than 50,000, are created by hundreds of talented volunteers and represent theatrical experiences of the highest caliber.

 

 

Our property is a 40,000-square-foot facility beautifully situated on the banks of the Tennessee River. In addition to our 380-seat main theatre and 200-seat Mildred M. Montague Circle Theatre (a black box space), we boast huge scene and costume shops, spacious dressing rooms, large classroom/rehearsal rooms – one with a mirrored wall, sprung dance floor and ballet barre – gorgeous lobbies, attractive offices, and other amenities. Our facility is available for rental for special events in the community.

 

 

While we rely so much on volunteers to achieve our mission, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is also distinguished by the professional staff on hand, who not only provide opportunities for others to learn the theatre craft but also guarantee the operation is managed at the highest levels of accountability. This includes an Artistic Director, Patron Services Manager, Education Director, Youth Theatre Director, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, and Marketing Director. Management is provided by our Executive Director who reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Meet the Family

 

Production History

 

1923-24

Dear Me

The Boomerang

 

1924-25

Grumpy

The First Year

Sam Davis/Window Screens

Vaudeville Entertainment

 

1925-26

Kindling

Minick

Leah Kleschna

 

1926-27

Grumpy Benefit

Arms and the Man

Dulcy

Arms and the Man

Beloved, It Is Morn

Bill of Divorcement

Little Theatre Follies of 1925

Suppressed Desires

Randall

Devil’s Disciple

 

1927-28

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

The Show-Off

Kempy

When We Were Twenty-one

Helga and the White Peacock

Mater

Sun-Up

 

1928-29

The Thirteenth Chair

Craig’s Wife

The Monkey’s Paw/Bumblepuppy

Tweedles

The West Portrait

 

1929-30

White Collars

Outward Bound

The Queen’s Husband

Captain Applejack

Alias the Deacon

 

1930-31

Her Master’s Voice

Hedda Gabbler

The Bride

Bird in Hand

 

1931-32

Three Friends/The Knife/Dickey Bird

The Patsy

Behold the Dreamer

The Dummy

 

1932-33

Elmer the Great

Across the Border/Quare Medicine/Five Minutes from the Station

The Silver Cord

Hay Fever

The Perfect Alibi

Hamlet

 

1933-34

Bret Bracken

Holiday

Prisoners of Neptune

The Donovan Affair

 

1934-35

The Tavern

Murder in the Red Barn

See Naples and Die

The High Road

Ladies of the Jury

Escape

Hell Bent for Heaven

Oliver, Oliver

The Death of Tintagiles

 

1935-36

Post Road

The Taming of the Shrew

The Pizen Song

Whistling in the Dark

Seven Women/Old Clothes

 

1936-37

Meet the Wife

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

Kind Lady

Whiteheaded Boy

Krazy Cat/ Old Clothes

Ceiling Zero

The Lady of Letters

 

1937-38

Cradle Song

Her Master’s Voice

Laburnum Grove

The Night of January 16th

Double Door

Broken Dishes

The Nut Farm

 

1938-39

Counsellor at Law

Squaring the Circle

Petrified Forest

First Lady

Burlesque

Accent on Youth

 

1939-40

Our Town

Three Men on a Horse

The Valiant/In the Net and Magnolia’s Men

Night Must Fall

Time is Dream

Pennywise

Susan and God

You Can’t Take It With You

 

1940-41

Petticoat Fever

Another Language

Suspect

The Royal Family

Margin for Error

The Joyous Season

 

1941-42

Ladies in Retirement

The Male Animal

Liliom

Mr. and Mrs. North

George Washington Slept Here

Cuckoos on the Hearth

 

1942-43

Dangerous Corner

On Borrowed Time

Ring Around Elizabeth

Arsenic and Old Lace

Proposal/Back Home/The Pot Boiler

The Two Mrs. Carrolls

 

1943-44

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Uncle Harry

The Fall Guy

 

1944-45

The Philadelphia Story

Guest in the House

Three’s a Family

Papa Is All

Junior Miss

Tomorrow the World (“Peruchi Night”)

 

1945-46

One Sunday Afternoon

Over Twenty-One

Blithe Spirit

St. Elmo

Ramshackle Inn

Angel Street

 

1946-47

I Remember Mama

Ten Little Indians

January Thaw

I Killed the Count

Death Takes a Holiday

My Sister Eileen

 

1947-48

Dear Ruth

The Late George Apley

The Bat

Kiss and Tell

Payment Deferred

No Time for Comedy

 

1948-49

Janie

Chicken Every Sunday

John Loves Mary

All My Sons

Life with Father

The Bad Man

 

1949-50

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Winslow Boy

Two Blind Mice

The Hasty Heart

Dulcy

The Silver Whistle

 

1950-51

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Traitor

Clarence

Goodbye My Fancy

Therese

Harvey

 

1951-52

Born Yesterday

Night of January 16th 

Light Up the Sky

The Heiress

Claudia

Skylark

 

1952-53

Father of the Bride

The Great Big Door Step

Suspect

The Fatal Weakness

Idiot’s Delight

Room Service

The Happy Time

 

1953-54

Bell, Book and Candle

The Curious Savage

Duet for Two Hands

Affairs of State

Our Town

Stalag 17

 

1954-55

My Three Angels

The Moon is Blue

State of the Union

Edward My Son

Gramercy Ghost

Sabrina Fair

 

1955-56

Time Out for Ginger

Dial “M” for Murder

The Rainmaker

Lo and Behold

The Glass Menagerie

King of Hearts

 

1956-57

The Reclining Figure

Jenny Kissed Me

Someone Waiting

Mrs. McThing

The Tender Trap

Mr. Roberts

 

1957-58

The Teahouse of the August Moon

Witness for the Prosecution

Bus Stop

Anniversary Waltz

The Little Foxes

Fireman’s Flame

 

1958-59

The Desperate Hours

Parlor Story

No Time for Sergeants

Inherit the Wind

A Roomful of Roses

The Seven Year Itch

 

1959-60

Damn Yankees

Night Must Fall

The Girls in 509

The Kids

Picnic

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Matchmaker

The Clown Who Ran Away

 

1960-61

Auntie Mame

The Country Girl

Jack and the Beanstalk

Third Best Sport

Indian Captive

The Ponder Heart

Golden Fleecing

Land of Dragon

The Gazebo

 

1961-62

The Diary of Anne Frank

Send Me No Flowers

The Deadly Game

Sleeping Beauty

The White Sheep of the Family

The Detective Story

The Happiest Millionaire

 

1962-63

Light Up the Sky

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Time Remembered

Laura

See How They Run

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Rumplestiltskin

 

1963-64

Visit to a Small Planet

All the Way Home

Janus

Dirty Work at the Crossroads

The Twelve-Pound Look

The Best Man

Champagne Complex

Once More, With Feeling

Outward Bound

 

1964-65

The Pleasure of His Company

The Mouse Trap

Sunday in New York

The Crucible

Calculated Risk

Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?

The Fantasticks

 

1965-66

The Marriage-Go-Round

The Lady’s Not for Burning

Three Spinners

Monique

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Absence of a Cello

Blithe Spirit

 

1966-67

Mary, Mary

Of Mice and Men

The Private Ear and The Public Eye

Dark at the Top of the Stairs

The Taming of the Shrew

The Best Laid Plans

Dumb Waiter and the Collection

Little Red Riding Hood

 

1967-68

A Streetcar Named Desire

Any Wednesday

Bell, Book and Candle

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Room Service

Everybody Loves Opal

Golden Goose

 

1968-69

Impossible Years

Dark of the Moon

The Innocents

Everybody’s Girl

Waiting for Godot

The Brides of March

Flibbertygibbet

The Beautiful People

 

1969-70

The Rose Tattoo

Don’t Drink the Water

Scandal Point

Hedda Gabler

Here Lies Jeremy Troy

Catch Me If You Can

Summertree

The Whole Darn Shooting Match

 

1970-71

The Girl in the Freudian Slip

Summer and Smoke

The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie

Never Too Late

One Bright Day

A Barrel Full of Pennies

The Dancing Donkey

The Pirates of Penzance

The Harlequins

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

 

1971-72

The Sound of Murder

Antique Fables and Fairy Toys

The Seven Year Itch

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

A Thousand Clowns

The Mikado

Best of Friends

You Can’t Take It With You

Man With a Load of Mischief

The Rhinocerous

An Evening of One-Act Plays

 

1972-73

The Great Cross Country Race

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Punch and Judy

Butterflies are Free

The Three Bears

Hansel and Gretel

Catch-22

Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

HMS Pinafore

The Hide and Seek Odyssey of Madeline Gimple

How the Other Half Loves

South Pacific

An Evening of Social Exploration

 

1973-74

Life With Father

Antigone

Annie Get Your Gun

Holiday Happening

See How They Run

Harvey

Home Free/Gnadiges Fraulein

The Tunnel of Love

Brigadoon

In White America

World of Shakespeare

The Subject Was Roses

Kiss or Make Up

No Exit

 

1974-75

Angel Street

A Thurber Carnival

Accommodations

Gingerbread Lady

Veronica’s Room

Finishing Touches

Blood Knot

The Boy Friend

Old Times

Wind in the Willows

1776

 

1975-76

Willowsong

Perfect Pitch

6 Rms Riv Vu

The Hobbit

An Evening with the Other Sex

Sleeping Beauty

Night Watch

Opal’s Baby

Inherit the Wind

The Night Thoreau Went to Jail

Opal’s Husband

Inherit the Wind

Three One-Act Plays

 

1976-77

Carousel

Jack and the Beanstalk

M Fat Friend

The Princess and the Swineherd

A Bad Year for Tomatoes

The Glass Menagerie

Murder Among Friends

The Deadly Game

The Torch Bearers

A Thurber Carnival

Tom Sawyer

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

 

1977-78

Absurd Person Singular

Guys and Dolls

The Oldest Living Graduate

Two for the Seesaw

Barefoot in the Park

Huckleberry Finn

Plaza Suite

Follies

The Red Shoes

 

1978-79

Count Dracula

Celebration

Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander

The Wizard of Oz

Rodgers and Hart

Evening of One Act Plays

Bus Stop

The Panda and the Spy

A Moon for the Misbegotten

Sleeping Beauty

Little Mary Sunshine

Travesties

The Red Shoes

Rip Van Winkle

Runner Stumbles

 

1979-80

The Pajama Game

Heidi

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Littlest Angel

Same Time, Next Year

Cabaret

Cactus Flower

Canterville Ghost

Dames at Sea

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

1980-81

Chapter Two

Step on a Crack

Man of La Mancha

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Candida

Company

Tribute

Chicago

Classic Scenes

Mame

 

1981-82

On Golden Pond

Pippin

The Purple Princess

Winnie the Pooh

Broken Up

The Three Penny Opera

Hamlet

Buried Child

I Ought to Be in Pictures

Star-Spangled Girl

Romantic Comedy

Hansel and Gretel

 

1982-83

The Elephant Man

No, No Nanette

Private Lives

The Diary of Anne Frank

John Brown’s Body

Alice in Wonderland

Fiddler on the Roof

Deathtrap

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Imagination and Aesop

Kiss Me Kate

 

1983-84

Of Thee I Sing

Dracula, The Vampire Play

The Glass Menagerie

Snow White

Born Yesterday

No Time for Sergeants

Barnyard Capers

A Man for All Seasons

Annie

The Trial of Tom Sawyer

 

1984-85

Don’t Drink the Water

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Grease

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat

Mass Appeal

Beyond Therapy

Ice Wolf

Lion In Winter

Peter Pan

Tom Stoppard’s the Real Inspector Hound

Children of a Lesser God

Bleacher Bums

Turmoil in Tennessee

The Outlaw Robin Hood

Blue Horses

 

1985-86

A Chorus Line

Pinnochio

Foxfire

A Christmas Carol

Agnes of God

Painting Churches

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tennessee and Me

You/re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Anything Goes

The Mousetrap

Striking Out

Remus Tales

 

1986-87

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Noises Off

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Aladdin

A Christmas Carol

Otherwise Engaged

Wait Until Dark

Really Rosie

Death of a Salesman

Dreams

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder

Little Shop of Horrors

Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Ransom of Red Chief

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

‘Night Mother

Colonel Tom’s Marvelous Medicine Show

5th of July

 

1987-88

My Fair Lady

Ozma of Oz

Inherit the Wind

A Christmas Carol

Woolgather

Crimes of the Heart

Charlotte’s Web

Amadeus

A Toby Show

Starting Here, Starting Now

Fables

The Wiz

Dreamgirls

The Odd Couple

Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf

Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Fantasticks

Rumplestiltskin

 

1988-89

Hello Dolly

Arsenic and Old Lace

Masque of Beauty and the Beast

A Christmas Carol

Fool of the World

Home Again, Home Again

Stepping Out

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Miracle Worker

Mother Hicks

Dreamgirls

Steel Magnolias

Old Silent Movie

Doubles

 

1989-90

Damn Yankees

Winnie the Pooh

You Can’t Take It With You

A Christmas Carol

Latchhkey

Orphans

I’m Not Rappaport

The Wonderful Wizard of Ox

Cyrano De Bergerac

Bamboozled

42nd Street

Broadway Bound

Mother Goose on the Loose

Nunsense

 

1990-91

Sound of Music

Treasure Island

Driving Miss Daisy

Hugo    10/90

Songs of Innocence

Peter the Postman

A Christmas Carol

Whose Life Is It, Anyway

Puss In Boots

Witness for the Prosecution

Sweet Charity

Robin Goodfellow

The Boys Next Door

No Sex Please, We’re British

How Things Happen in Three

 

1991-92

Oliver!

Wind in the Willows

A Streetcar Named Desire

Rumpelstiltskin

Christmas Carol

Lend Me a Tenor

The Velveteen Rabbit

To Kill a Mockingbird

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Dear Earth

Dracula

Greater Tuna

How to Eat Like a Child

Wind in the Willows

 

1992-93

Big River

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Diary of Anne Frank

Sleeping Beauty

Cinderella

Social Security

A Few Good Men

The Trial of Goldilocks/The Shaggy Dog Murder Trial

A Woman Called Truth

The Taffetas

Ten Little Indians

Love Letters

Wind of a Thousand Tales

Westward Ho

 

1993-94

Evita

The Secret Garden

Lettice and Lovage

A Christmas Carol

Rapunzel

A Holiday Happening

My Children, My Africa

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Macbeth

Into the Woods

The Arkansaw Bear

13 Rue de L’Armour

Nunsense II

Jack Tales

 

1994-95

Guys and Dolls

The Prince and the Pauper

Blithe Spirit

The Princess and the Pea

Tartuffe

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit

Dancing at Lughnasa

OPQRS

Ain’t Misbehavin’

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Front Page

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Dearly Departed

Just So

In One Basket (Youth

 

1995-96

Peter Pan

Web

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A Christmas Carol

A Cinderella Christmas

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Steal Away Home

Romeo and Juliette

Aladdin

A Little Night Music

The Foreigner

 

1996-97

Show Boat

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Prelude to a Kiss

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Delicate Balance

Jack and the Wonder Beans

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

T-Bone N Weasel

The Secret Garden

The Magician’s Nephew

Uncommon Women and Others

Musical Comedy of Murders of 1940

Nuptials

Young Black Beauty

The Little Mermaid

 

1997-98

Crazy for You

Masque of Beauty and the Beast

Sylvia

Dining Room

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Miracle on 34th Street

Death and the Maiden

Shadowlands

House on Pooh Corner

The Importance of Being Earnest

Durang in the Evening: The Actor’s Nightmare/Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All

Sweeney Todd

Bridge to Terabithia

After-Play

Bus Stop

Smoke on the Mountain

 

1998-99

Annie

Bamboozled

Driving Miss Daisy

Joined at the Head

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Miracle on 34th Street

Cinderella:  A Toby Story

Names of the Dead

Lend Me a Tenor

The Reluctant Dragon

The Glass Menagerie

Little Shop of Horrors

Wiley and the Hairy Man

How I Learned to Drive

On Golden Pond

Amber Waves

Barefoot in the Park

Fences

 

1999-2000

Fiddler on the Roof

Road to Nirvana

Bunnicula

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

A Sanders Family Christmas

The Little Princess

The Cherry Orchard

The Baltimore Waltz

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

The Robber Bridegroom

Reckless

Robin Goodfellow

John Brown’s Body

Deathtrap

SubUrbia

The All Night Strut

Rumplestiltskin/The Six Dancing Princesses

The Little Princess

Aesop’s Fables

 

2000-01

Gypsy

An Ideal Husband

The Jungal Book

Misery

The Bad Children

Six Degrees of Separation

The Exact Center of the Universe

Babe, the Sheep Pig

Once Upon a Mattress

The Old Settler

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Androcles and the Lion

Moon Over Buffalo

Five Guys Named Moe

Celebration

Baby with the Bath Water

 

2001-2002

Talking with….

The Man Who Came to Dinner

A Taffeta Christmas

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Visiting Mr. Green

No Strings

Rumors

Flying West

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

All My Sons

Always…Patsy Cline

When It Rains

 

2002-2003

The People vs. Mona

Three Tall Women

The Homecoming

Travels with My Aunt

Dinner with Friends

Bells are Ringing

I Hate Hamlet

The Day They Shot John Lennon

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Promises, Promises

Fuddy Meers

The Nerd

Kismet

 

2003-2004

Oklahoma

Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Proof

The Gifts of the Magi

Jar the Floor

Spinning Into Butter

Glengarry Glen Ross

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Post Mortem

Keeping Up with the Joneses

The Honky Tonk Angels

 

2004-2005

Sordid Lives

Bye Bye Birdie

Crimes of the Heart

Swingin’ Christmas with the Shani Hedden Group

A Christmas Story

Fool for Love

Lost in Yonkers

a.m. Sunday

Keely and Du

Children of Eden

A Lesson Before Dying

God’s Man In Texas

Arsenic and Old Lace

 

2005-2006

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia

Over the River and Through the Woods

A Christmas Story

The Santaland Diaries

Wait Until Dark

The Story

Twentieth Century

The Night Reginald Filbert Called It Quits

The Underpants

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Electricity

A Raisin in the Sun

 

2006-2007

The Wizard of Oz

Thief River

It’s a Wonderful Life

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Steel Magnolias

The Graduate

Am I Blue

Urinetown, the Musical

Intimate Apparel

Moonlight and Magnolias

Kimberly Akimbo

 

2007-2008

The Music Man

See Rock City

The Dead Guy

Holiday Homecoming

Stop Kiss

The Best Man

Haint Blue

Acting Lesson

The Letter

Song of Abraham

Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Miss Firecracker Contest

Leading Ladies

Bourbon at the Border

Wonder of the World

 

2008-2009

High School Musical

A Christmas Carol

Doubt

Epic Proportions

Company

Rabbit Hole

A Streetcar Named Desire

Southern Connections

Ring Around the Moon

Psycho Beach Party

Noises Off

Almost, Maine

 

2009-2010

Beauty and the Beast

A Christmas Carol

Regrets Only

The Little Dog Laughed

Pig Farm

Book of Liz

Our Town

Holes

The Crucible

Madeline’s Christmas

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Enchanted April

The Producers

 

2010-2011

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Blues for Mr. Charlie

Hairspray

Fantasticks

A Christmas Story

Times Square Angel

The Women

Songs for a New World

Rent

Hamlet

A Year with Frog and Toad

The Diary of Anne Frank

Bridge to Terabithia

 

2011-2012

Dark of the Moon

Mr. and Mrs. M

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Mousetrap

I Wasn’t No Hero

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Seussical

Stellaluna

Gross Indecency

The Importance of Being Earnest

Anything Goes

 

2012-2013

Cabaret

The 39 Steps

Bunnicula

God of Carnage

Santaland Diaries

Annie

The Red Badge of Courage

A Doll’s House

How I Became a Pirate

The Children’s Hour

The Divine Sister

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Legally Blond

 

2013-2014

Blithe Spirit

A Christmas Story

Of Mice and Men

The Taming of the Shrew

Pump Boys and Dinettes

And Then There Were None

Les Miserables

Xanadu

 

2014-2015

Into the Woods

Of Mice and Men

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A Christmas Story

Miss Nelson Is Missing

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

9 to 5

 

2015-2016

Sister Act

33 Variations

Edgar

Harvey

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Paddington

The Royal Family

Sordid Lives

Really Rosie

Dividing the Estate

Camelot

Spamalot

 

2016-2017

Fiddler on the Roof

The Jungle Book

The Library

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

The Snow Queen

Love/Sick

Festival of New Plays

The BFG

A Midsummer Night’s Disco

Peter and the Starcatcher

 

2017-2018

The Wiz

Charlotte’s Web

Beauty and the Beast

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The House at Pooh Corner

The Glass Menagerie

A Year with Frog and Toad

A Room with a View

Boeing, Boeing

Hello, Dolly!

 

2018-2019

Newsies

The Last Five Years

A Wrinkle in Time

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Civil War Christmas

Once on This Island, Jr.

Fences

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Avenue Q

Murder on the Nile

Little Shop of Horrors