Theatre Centre Seeks Master Carpenter

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre seeks a Master Carpenter to start by July 1. Will report to Technical Director.

Build and install 7 shows plus assist on 4 Youth Theatre productions. Must have working knowledge of scenery construction methods, basic rigging experience, and shop safety practices. Welding a plus. Ideal for recent graduate. Must be a self-motivated team player and good collaborator. Candidates with lighting or sound experience a plus.

Full time, 40 hrs/wk plus health and benefits. High 20’s, negotiable.

Email cover letter and resume to Todd Olson, Executive Director at [email protected] Reviewing process will begin as materials arrive. No phone inquiries accepted.

Theatre Centre Seeks Scenic Painter/Properties Master

The CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE seeks a Scenic Painter/Properties Master-Mistress to start by September 1. Paint/prop 7 shows plus assist on 4 Youth Theatre productions. Must be a self-motivated team player and good collaborator. Possibility to design. Additional lighting or sound experience a plus. Full time, 40 hrs/wk plus health and benefits. Salary low 30’s. Email cover letter and resume to Todd Olson, Executive Director at [email protected] Reviewing process will begin as materials arrive. No phone inquiries accepted.

“Boeing Boeing” Touches Down at Theatre Centre June 8-24

A riotous farce that enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, “Boeing Boeing” is touching down in Chattanooga as the groovy 1960’s comedy opens at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, June 8, and runs through Sunday, June 24.

A 1960’s farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti translated for English-speaking audiences by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, the revival of “Boeing Boeing” opened on Broadway in 2012 and earned a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and several other nominations.

Under the helm of guest director Rodney Van Valkenburg, “Boeing Boeing” will take audiences back to a time of stewardesses – not flight attendants – and mod dresses, go-go boots and infectious dance music.

The classic physical comedy is designed for laughs. It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: an apartment in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses, all from competing airlines and all engaged to him without knowing about the other. One is American, one is Italian, one is German, and they’re all head-over-heels for lovable Bernard.

Ingeniously, he’s arranged it so that their layovers don’t overlap, keeping each woman on a perfect rotation in and out of his life. Until, that is, the airlines begin employing the speedy Boeing aircraft, cutting down travel times and creating a nightmare scenario in which all three are in town at the same time.

In the calm before the storm, Bernard’s friend Robert comes to town and is thrust into the position of helping housekeeper Berthe cover for Bernard. Until, of course, the ruse comes crashing down. So fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The ensemble includes Katie Campassi, Annie Collins, Jim Eernisse, Kelseigh Garrett, Chase Parker and Kitty Reel. Adam Miecielica is the guest set designer, and Lisa Eash is the guest costume designer. Gary May provides sound design, and Sean Stewart and Alex Miller-Long join CTC production manager Sarah Miecielica as guest lighting designers. Jill Burgess is the stage manager.

Performances on June 8-9, June 15-16, and June 22-23 begin at 8 p.m. Shows on June 14 and June 21 begin at 7 p.m. Matinees on June 10, June 17 and June 24 begin at 2:30 p.m. The June 16 audience is invited to stay after the show and watch Riverbend fireworks from the theatre’s riverfront veranda and lawn.

The show will be presented in the Circle Theatre with limited seating. Reservations are recommended. For tickets, call the Theatre Centre box office at (423) 267-8534 or visit TheatreCentre.com.

Theatre Centre Announces Creative Teams for 2018-2019 Season

The line-up of shows in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s 2018-2019 season will be led by a new and diverse group of guest artists as well as some of Chattanooga’s finest theatre professionals. 

Guest directors lending their talents next season include Jorge Acosta, a stage artist in New York City, who will be directing AVENUE Q. Disney’s NEWSIES will be directed by Katherine Michelle Tanner, a Sarasota-based director-teacher. Local arts leaders will also direct on the CTC stage, including local director and CTC staff member Ricardo Morris for August Wilson’s FENCES; Garry Posey, Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, for THE LAST FIVE YEARS; and Magge Cabrera Hudgens, an acting and technical theatre teacher at Center for Creative Arts, for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. MURDER ON THE NILE will be directed by local theatre worker Courtenay Cholovich, and CTC Executive Director Todd Olson will direct A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION. 

Musical directors set for the season include Neshawn Bynum Calloway, the vocal music teacher at Center for Creative Arts (for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.); playwright and Orchard Knob Elementary School principal LaFrederick Thirkill (for A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS); and Dexter Bell, director of bands at Howard High School (for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). Local favorites Tim Hinck (THE LAST FIVE YEARS), Jennifer Wilson (AVENUE Q), and Grammy Award-winner Michael Huseman (NEWSIES) round out the team.

CTC Youth Theatre Director Scott Dunlap will direct and design all facets of A WRINKLE IN TIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.JR., THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT, and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS; the holiday show will be directed by CTC Director of Education Chuck Tuttle. The ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR. team will include freelance choreographer Jessica McCuiston. Other choreographers include Andrew Parker, Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Ballet (NEWSIES), and CCA theatre faculty member Jessica Laliberte-Bowman (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). 

CTC production coordinator and in-house designer Sarah Miecielica will design the sets for THE LAST FIVE YEARS, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, FENCES, AVENUE Q, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Other set designers include Tampa Bay-based Frank Chavez and Adam Miecielica, Assistant Professor in the UTC Theatre Department. 

CTC Costume Shop Manager Vena Champion will design costumes for NEWSIES, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AVENUE Q, MURDER ON THE NILE, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Other costume designers include local fashion designer Tinita Coulter (FENCES).

Other lighting designers include Alice Trent, an MFA lighting design graduate candidate at the University of Tennessee (NEWSIES); Julius Johnson, a recent graduate of Art Institute Atlanta (FENCES); and local favorite Bill Banks (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). 

The stage management team includes Angie Griffin (NEWSIES), Teralyn Wade (AVENUE Q), and Rodney Strong and Tia Strickland (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS).
For more information about the CTC season, call 423.267.8534 or visit TheatreCentre.com.

Theatre Centre Welcomes 2 New Members to Board of Directors

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre has appointed two new members to its board of directors, each of whom brings valuable professional and personal skills to the non-profit organization’s governing board.

Newly elected to the board are Angela Griffin, a capital administrator of Tennessee American Water, and Darian Scott, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

In her professional role, Griffin’s responsibilities include coordination between departments to deliver Tennessee American Water’s capital budget each year. She started her career with the American Water company in 2005 and has served in a variety of roles.Griffin has earned several IT industry certifications, including Project+ and Security+. Additionally, she is a certified Cisco Networking Associate.

She is also active in her community as a mentor for tnAchieves, the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship, which works to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance. She is also an active volunteer at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

In his role at the Chamber, Scott works with the talent development team to help prepare Chattanooga’s youth for the challenges of entering the workforce by organizing and delivering career readiness programs to Hamilton County School students in grades 8 through 12. He also works with businesses in the community by organizing job and career fairs and helping to connect local employers to potential workers.

Scott is the founder of Minority Connection, a networking group aimed at connecting and encouraging business‐to‐business relationships in the African American community. He also serves on the committee for Youth Leadership Chattanooga and on the Board of Directors for SoundCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the music industry economy in the region.

Founded in 1923, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the Southeast and produces high-caliber theatrical productions and provides volunteer and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

Theatre Centre Hosts “Dogs & Kids Do the Catwalk” on May 11

The Theatre Centre will host a new event, DOGS & KIDS DO THE CATWALK, on Friday, May 11. This fun, furry and fashion-centered event is a joint fundraiser for our Youth Theatre and McKamey Animal Center.

Local models wearing fashions from local shops will walk the runway with dogs for adoption from McKamey. The talented young people from our youth program will provide entertainment. Following the show, there will be a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres by Lee Towery.

Guests will enjoy fashions from Yacoubian Tailors, K Boutique, Embellish Collection, Leafy Street, and Bruce Baird among others, while models will walk McKamey dogs that are available for adoption. After the show, the Youth Theatre will provide more entertainment in the lobby, and there will be opportunities to meet and greet the dogs.

The chair for the event is The Purple Lady, Sonia Young, with co-chairs Finette Winer and Jacqueline Marshack. Models are woman from throughout the community.

The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parking is free. Reservations must be made by May 5.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for young people 12 and under and can be purchased through McKamey (423.305.6507 and McKameyAnimalCenter.org) and the CTC (423.267.8534 and TheatreCentre.com).

 

Theatre Centre Seeks Guest Set & Lighting Designers

The CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE, one of the largest community theatres in the country, seeks Guest Set Designers for our 18-19 season. The ideal candidate will have practical experience designing theatre in a professional setting and will be expected to provide renderings, or a model, all necessary drafting, and be available for tech. Preference given to designers in the Chattanooga area. Fee is typically $1,000-$1,500 per show. Learn more about CTC at theatrecentre.com. Email cover letter, resume, and examples of your work to Todd Olson, Executive Director at[email protected] No phone inquiries accepted. Thank you!

The CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE, one of the largest community theatres in the country, seeks Guest Lighting Designers for our 18-19 season. The ideal candidate will have practical experience designing lighting in a professional setting, and be available for tech. Preference given to designers in the Chattanooga area. Fee is $750 per show. Learn more about CTC at theatrecentre.com. Email cover letter, resume, and examples of your work to Todd Olson, Executive Director at[email protected] No phone inquiries accepted. Thank you!

Theatre Lover? Apply to Be a CTC Guest Blogger!

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is looking for enthusiastic people who love theater and want to share their passion over social media. If you think this might be you, apply to become one of our five Guest Bloggers.

This exclusive group will get two free tickets to a performance on opening weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) of every production of the season. Then, you’ll commit to posting your reviews, comments, and pictures on your own social media pages the following Monday to help promote our productions.

Only four rules:

  • You must be available to attend opening weekend of each production.
  • You must be able to post the Monday after opening weekend.
  • You must call our box office in advance to make reservations for the show you plan to attend.
  • You must tag us on your Monday posts so we know when you’ve posted.

We may share your posts on our Facebook page and website, then excerpt them throughout the run of each production. You will be a vital partner in getting the word out to new audiences.

To be considered, please provide (1) a writing sample and (2) a list of the social media platforms you’re active on. Email this information to Todd and Julie at [email protected] and [email protected].

Theatre Centre Seeks Stage Managers for 2018-2019 Season

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is seeking Stage Managers for the 2018-2019 season. Must be very organized, fill out clear rehearsal and performance reports, able to run a light or sound board (“go button”), and take clear and concise notes in a promptbook. Needed from first day of rehearsal until closing performance.

THE FOREIGNER Directed by Magge Hudgins (March 25-June 2). LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Directed by TBA (June 3-August 4). THE LAST FIVE YEARS Directed by Garry Posey (September 9-October 28). A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS Directed by Todd Olson (October 29-December 30). August Wilson’s FENCES Directed by Ricardo Morris (December 9-March 3). AVENUE Q Directed by Jorge Acosta (March 17-May 12). All positions are volunteer.

Send resume, letter of interest and dates of availability to Todd Olson, Executive Director, Chattanooga Theatre Centre at [email protected]

Theatre Centre Lets Audiences “Pay What You Can” to See THE AMISH PROJECT on May 20

On October 2, 2006, a man walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and opened fire, killing five girls and himself. Then, later that same day, in an act that shocked the world, the Amish community forgave the gunman, offered aid to his grieving widow, and displayed unprecedented forgiveness and compassion.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is pleased to present THE AMISH PROJECT, a one-woman show inspired by the event, for one performance only on Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. The production, featuring an unforgettable tour-de-force performance by award-winning actress Katherine Michelle Tanner, is about the mystical world of the Amish and the ultimate limits of forgiveness.

“Every day is the right day to tell a story about forgiveness and healing,” says CTC Executive Director Todd Olson, who directed this production in Oklahoma City for the 20th anniversary of the tragic event. “A local critic there asserted, ‘This play is an OUR TOWN for today. I believe it should become required viewing for every high school in the nation,’ and I have to agree with her.”

Given the timeliness of the subject, the Theatre Centre is presenting THE AMISH PROJECT as a public service to the community, and admission prices reflect that intent.

“We feel so strongly about this story and its message,” says Olson, “admission will be on a ‘pay-what-you-can’ basis. Patrons can attend for literally any price. This profound play is something for the ages, and our objective is to make the play accessible to everyone in the community.”

Though it’s a one-woman play, Tanner plays seven characters who were all touched by the events. BroadwayWorld.com described Tanner’s performance as “simply captivating. She transforms magically into each character, without a moment of hesitation. This is true artistry of a multi-talented stage veteran. Miss Tanner gives a riveting, unforgettable performance, unlike any I have seen in years. Spellbinding! Do not miss it! You won’t forgive yourself!”

Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Centre box office at 400 River Street. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available by calling the box office at (423) 267-8534 or by visiting TheatreCentre.com.