Theatre Centre Blends History & Music in “A Civil War Christmas” Dec. 14-30

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre shares the warmth of the season in “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration,” a dramatic blend of history and traditional song in which Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel shows that the best of human nature comes out during Christmas. Set in 1864 with the nation at war, the still heartwarming play comes to the Mildred M. Montague Circle Theatre stage Dec. 14-30.

Set on a cold Christmas Eve, the play’s series of interlocking stories weaves a tapestry of both fictional and historical characters, such as President and Mrs. Lincoln, Generals Lee and Grant, John Wilkes Booth and Walt Whitman—together with holiday music, hymns, and spirituals of the period—to tell a story of compassion, reconciliation, and hope through intimate moments and larger events.

As the story opens, it seems like all Americans prepare for the holiday as best they can—Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves and freemen, as well as the White House inhabitants. It’s a chilly Christmas Eve in Washington, D.C., but the chill derives not only from the frigid temperatures. President Lincoln has recently won re-election, and preparations are under way for his second inauguration. But the country is still divided by war, and troops on both sides are hunkered down for a cold night with little hope of peace.

The story continues with Mary Todd Lincoln and her companion, freewoman Elizabeth Keckley, attempting to secure a Christmas tree, a new fashion imported from Germany. But there are no trees to be found; they have all been cut down for fires to warm the troops. On one side of the Potomac, the president defies his security and rides alone on the streets of D.C. On the other side, an escaped slave hurries her daughter toward freedom. Beyond the city, Robert E. Lee and his increasingly disarrayed Confederate troops and Ulysses S. Grant and his marginally better supplied Union soldiers face hardship on the cold winter night.

But when the ensemble’s voices join together in song, there arises from these stories set during one of the nation’s darkest hours a deep sense of wonder at the survival of faith and humanity even in hearts ravaged by loss.

Under the helm of director Todd Olson with guest musical direction by LaFrederick Thirkill, who also appears in the show, the cast of CTC veterans and newcomers also includes Gabriel Bailey, Chris Barr, Becky Byrns, Katie Campassi, Nicole Coleman, James Frost, Brandy Johnson, John McCune, Alexis Newson, John Nichols, Lee Preston, Kimberly Reynolds, Christian Smith, Allie Stafford, and Cora Grace Williams.

Friday and Saturday night performances on Dec. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 begin at 8 p.m. Thursday evening shows on Dec. 16, 23 and 30 start at 7 p.m. Saturday matinees on Dec. 15, 22 and 29 and Sunday matinees on Dec. 16, 23 and 30 begin at 2:30 p.m.

For tickets, visit the Theatre Centre box office at 400 River Street next to Coolidge Park, call the box office at (423) 267-8534, or purchase online at TheatreCentre.com.

Posted November 26, 2018

Celebrate the Spirit with the Theatre Centre’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 8-16

From a sad, droopy Christmas tree to a dancing dog atop a piano, there are timeless images in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that make the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s upcoming stage adaptation a faithful reflection of the classic animated TV special. The stage show, a production of the CTC’s Youth Theatre, opens December 8 and runs through December 16.

Under the direction of Chuck Tuttle, the Theatre Centre’s director of education and outreach, 22 young actors bring the story to life through familiar scenes and music. Through the course of the show, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz and the TV special that first aired in 1965, the stage version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered in 2013 and includes Vince Guaraldi’s well-known jazz music from the TV show.

As the familiar story goes, Charlie Brown is feeling glum despite the arrival of the cheerful holiday season. When he complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees, Lucy suggests that he direct the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers.

When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown, at his wit’s end, loudly asks if anybody knows what Christmas is all about. As Linus tells him about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the holiday season.

With two casts performing on alternate days, Mason Brown and Jack Rogers share the role of Charlie Brown. The casts also include Isa Baez, Nevaeh Bentley, Alex Champion, Charlie Clevenger, James Cook, Aiden DiChiacchio, Bec Fitzsimmons, Hunter Gordy, Lauren Hays, Lilly Lewis, Kaleigh Loden, Lainey Maddox, Violet McClendon, Autumn Schulmeister, Zachary Schulmeister, Emma Stidham, Zella Stockman, Benjamin Suhrbrier, Will Tutor, and Kaitlin Young. Cassie Gallups is the stage manager.

Public performances take place on December 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. School performances are scheduled during the week of December 10. The show is appropriate for 1st grade and up.

The Theatre Centre is also marking the holiday season with a production for audiences of all ages of Paula Vogel’s “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration,” running December 14-30.

Tickets for both shows are available at the CTC box office at (423) 267-8534 or online at TheatreCentre.com.

(Photo by Taryn Bracher)

Posted 11/21/18

Ex-Scientologist Brings One-Woman “Squeeze My Cans” to CTC Nov. 16-18

What would you do if the carrot of spiritual freedom was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized? Writer-performer Cathy Schenkelberg decided to chase it, and what she found was Scientology. Spending most of her young adult life entangled in the controversial church, she emerged to share her story in “Squeeze My Cans,” a no-holds-barred cautionary tale of how she survived “America’s foremost intergalactic theology.” Her compelling one-woman show comes to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for three performances Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16-18.

Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, “Squeeze My Cans” takes audiences on Schenkelberg’s journey of a young woman looking for her place and purpose in the world – and comes out two decades later and about a million dollars poorer. It’s a funny, intimate, and shocking story about the power of survival through persistence and humor.

Schenkelberg’s introduction to Scientology was innocent enough; as a young 20-something struggling to make a life for herself, uncertain where to turn for answers, a friend gave her a book (Dianetics) and an appointment to meet with someone named Rich at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.

Schenkelberg says she was ensnared in the Scientology “cult” for 14 years; it took another five years to leave them behind in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle, and constant paranoia about the monitoring of her every move.

Schenkelberg premiered her one-woman show in Chicago in 2016 and has gone on to perform it throughout the U.S. and overseas. In presenting this cautionary tale, she says she hopes to reach anyone who feels lost, desperate and alone, searching for answers to life’s problems, anyone who has lost a loved one to a damaging cult, and anyone who has already given up their identity and life savings to organizations like Scientology.

“Squeeze My Cans” is recommended for ages 14 and up due to sexual content.

Performances on Nov. 16-17 begin at 8 p.m. The performance on Nov. 18 starts at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $20. Tickets are available at the Theatre Centre box office at (423) 267-8534 or online at TheatreCentre.com.

Posted November 2, 2018

Theatre Centre Journeys Across the Stars in “A Wrinkle in Time” Nov. 3-11

Although Madeline L’Engle’s 1962 science fiction children’s novel “A Wrinkle in Time” is characterized by an interstellar storyline and populated by otherworldly beings, the James Sie stage adaptation that the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre will present November 3-11 remains a heartwarming tale with fundamental themes of empowering young people and helping them find their self-worth.

On the heels of a Disney movie version released earlier this year, the CTC and director R. Scott Dunlap take on this challenging and much more faithful adaption of the beloved novel. With a cast of 14 young actors and three adults, the theatre brings the cosmos to the stage for performances on November 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 2:30 p.m.

One of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg is the quintessential square peg, a middle-school math whiz and self-declared oddball with a short temper. Her teachers and classmates see her as troublesome and stubborn. Her family sees her as immature but capable of doing great things.

But when Meg and her telepathic little brother Charles Wallace set off to find their missing father, they’re catapulted across time and space to a world where being different isn’t just an annoyance; it can cost you your life.

That’s when three celestial beings, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, appear with a promise to help rescue the children’s father from the monstrous darkness that threatens the universe. Meg, Charles Wallace, their pal Calvin, and a host of extraterrestrial friends and foes journey into the heart of a terrible evil.

Meg will have to undergo all kinds of tests of her character and fortitude to battle the forces of evil, save the universe, and put her family back together.

Alternating in the role of Meg are Hayley Lewis and Sarah Rad. Paul Knotts and Carter McKissick share the role of Charles Murray, and Calvin is portrayed by Johnathan Adams and J.T. Loden. The cast also includes Alexis Christensen, Gracie Hawkins, Annabelle Hill, Joanna Lewis, Alex Loyd, Megan McGarvey, Stefanie Oppenheimer, Ian Parten, Maya Scribner, Lennon Shuff, and Chris Williamson.

Mason Chattin-Carter and Carina Miller are the stage managers. The Pop-Up Project, a performing arts group in residence at the CTC, choreographed the “Tesseract,” a portal through space and time that fans of the book will be familiar with.

The show is appropriate for 4th grade and up.

Tickets are available at the Theatre Centre box office at (423) 267-8534 and online at TheatreCentre.com.

(Photo by Taryn Bracher)

Posted October 24, 2018

CTC Presents Free Concert by Air Force Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 9

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre will host “Flying Home: A Celebration of Chattanooga Veterans,” a free concert performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble on Friday, November 9, at 7 p.m.

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble is a group of 13 professional enlisted musicians whose music inspires patriotism, connects communities with military service members, and honors our country’s veterans.

The ensemble’s broad repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz to bebop and swing to modern jazz. Concert numbers span the music of contemporary jazz composers to the classic sounds of Count Basie and Glenn Miller. The band features instrumental and vocal soloists, as well as compositions and arrangements by its own talented members.

The concert is open to all ages. Admission is free.

Falling In & Out of Love in ”The Last Five Years” Oct. 19-28

When the Chattanooga Theatre Centre brings the intimate musical “The Last Five Years” to the stage on Friday, Oct. 19, audiences will see the five-year life of a relationship from beginning to end, or from end to beginning, depending on how you look at it.

Written by Tony Award-winning lyricist Jason Robert Brown, the show follows two 20-something New Yorkers who meet, fall in love, marry and divorce over the span of five years. Reinventing the familiar formula of the musical love story, “The Last Five Years” has an unconventional structure, with the story told from both perspectives but moving gracefully in opposite directions.

The man, Jamie, an up-and-coming novelist, tells their story chronologically, starting with their first infatuation and following through to their ultimate breakup. The woman, struggling actress Cathy, relates their story in reverse, starting with the end of the marriage and moving backwards until their first meeting. It is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together, at their wedding.

With the story told almost entirely through song, the music – mostly solos ­– is alternately humorous and heartfelt.

Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, “The Last Five Years” has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding score and libretto. It has become an obsession for fans who return to see it multiple times at any opportunity. A 2014 film adaptation was a popular success.

The Theatre Centre production, staged in the Mildred M. Montague Circle Theatre, runs Oct. 19-28. Under the helm of guest director Garry Lee Posey and with choreography by the Pop-up Project, the CTC opted to introduce dance to tell the unspoken parts of the story.

Jordan Otis, who Theatre Centre audiences saw as Belle in last season’s “Beauty and the Beast,” appears as Cathy. John Thomas Cecil makes his CTC debut as Jamie. Portraying the characters through dance are Jessi Faircloth and Kyle Dagnan.

An onstage band of two cellos, a violin, guitar and bass join music director Tim Hinck on piano.

Friday and Saturday night performances on Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 begin at 8 p.m. The Thursday evening show on Oct. 25 starts at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 begin at 2:30 p.m. A free dance party featuring the Pop-up Project, a signature drink, snacks, and a cash bar will be held on stage immediately after the Friday, Oct. 26, performance.

For tickets, visit the Theatre Centre box office at 400 River Street next to Coolidge Park, call the box office at (423) 267-8534, or purchase online at TheatreCentre.com.

Rated R for adult situations.

Posted October 4, 2018

CTC Opens Season with Disney’s High-Flying “Newsies” Sept. 21-Oct. 14

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The headline of the day at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is the season-opening production of the exuberant Disney musical “Newsies,” which launches the theatre’s 2018-2019 season on Friday, Sept. 21, and continues its run through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Based on the true 1899 story of a scrappy group of newsboys in New York City who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon, this Tony Award-winning musical features rollicking dance numbers, a rousing musical score, and an inspirational, defy-all-odds story. Guest director Katherine Michelle Tanner of Sarasota, FL, guides a truly impressive cast, Andrew Parker of the Chattanooga Ballet literally elevates the ensemble with high-flying choreography, and Chattanooga’s Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Huseman leads the lively vocals.

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, “Newsies” revolves around charismatic Jack Kelly (Normand Caissie in his CTC debut), a boy who sells newspapers on the streets — aka “newsie” — who is living among a group of other young newsies, most of them homeless or orphaned. Jack dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

Among his clan are disabled friend Crutchie (Austin Massey) and Davey (Will Lowery) and Davey’s young brother Les (Alex Champion), who have joined the group after their father becomes unable to work. When powerful publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Rodney Van Valkenburg) decides to raise the cost of the newspapers to the boys by a dime, Jack finds a cause to fight for and leads a young army to protest and eventually strike.

Caught up in the middle of all this is the spirited Katherine Plumber (Kimberly Rye), a reporter trying to build a career beyond the social pages. While covering the strike despite Pulitzer’s call for a media blackout of it, she takes a fancy to Jack.

Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, “Newsies” features a book by Harvey Fierstein, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and music by legendary composer Alan Menken. Nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2012, it won two, for choreography and music.

While the story is inspirational in an idealistic David-and-Goliath way, the unbridled exuberance of the music and dance is what is bound to bring down the house. The vibrant music embodies the courage and idealism of the determined newsies, and the high-spirited dance is energetic, athletic, and acrobatic. Featuring local high school and college students and adults, the Theatre Centre has assembled some of the most talented dancers in the community. The show features more than 40 people in the all-volunteer cast.

Anticipating capacity crowds following the sold-out run of the 2017-2018 season-opener “The Wiz,” the Theatre Centre will present 15 performances only. Friday and Saturday night performances on Sept. 21-22, 28-29, Oct. 5-6, and Oct. 12-13 begin at 8 p.m. Thursday evening shows on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 start at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees on Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14 begin at 2:30 p.m.

Reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, visit the Theatre Centre box office at 400 River Street next to Coolidge Park, call the box office at (423) 267-8534, or purchase online at TheatreCentre.com.

Posted August 31, 2018

World War I: The (not so) Great War

 

Visit Us and Cover Curriculum Standards.

Student Matinees only:

October 16 & 17, 2018
Performances at 9:45 am and 11:30 am.

 

The Great War was the opening shot of the tumultuous 20th Century. As empires were built and rapidly fell, World War I ushered in a rush of technological advances and set in motion geo-political changes that are still felt today. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, which has been educating and entertaining school-age audiences for over 30 years, brings you this entertaining, one-man show, featuring local military historian Louis Varnell who takes students through the causes of the war, the technological advances of the age, the realities of life in the trenches and the ultimate outcome of the “War to End All Wars.”

Areas Addressed:

  1. Causes of the war
  2. America’s entry and involvement
  3. A line-up of the Central and Allied Powers

Educational Standards Covered:

Tennessee

  • 5.42 Summarize the reasons for American entry into World War I, including submarine attacks on the Lusitania and the Zimmerman Telegram. (H, P)
  • 5.43 Locate and map the countries of the Central and Allied Powers during World War I. (G)
  • 5.44 Explain the roles of significant people and groups in World War I, including Herbert Hoover, John J. Pershing, doughboys, Lawrence Tyson, and Alvin C. York. (H, TN)

Georgia

  • SS5H4 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America. a. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914- 1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

 

 

$5.00 per student (one chaperone free with every 10 students)

To reserve seats for your class

Contact the Box Office at

423-267-8534

 

Everyone’s a Winner at 2018 Miss Annie Awards!

Annual Volunteer Recognition Party Honors Top Performances & Service to the Theatre

 

All seven productions of the 2017-2018 mainstage season, including four plays and three musicals, won honors at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Miss Annie Awards on Saturday, August 25. The annual awards, Chattanooga’s answer to the Oscars, salute the volunteers onstage and off who have contributed their time and talent to the success of the theatre’s past season.

 

The recently closed “Hello Dolly,” the Broadway blockbuster that ended the theatre’s season, was recognized as Outstanding Musical of the Season and as Audience Favorite Musical of the Season. Audience Favorite awards are selected by a vote of season subscribers. In the title role of Dolly Levi, Beth McClary-Wolford was named Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical and Audience Favorite Actress in a Musical. Tanner Dean as “Ambrose Kemper” was honored as Outstanding Debut Actor in a Musical, and Ray Laliberte as “Rudolph” was recognized as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

 

Singled out as Outstanding Play of the Season was “A Room with a View,” an Edwardian romantic comedy which also won honors for Jeremy Campbell as “George Emerson” as Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play, Gwynne Noel Jones as “Lucy Honeychurch” as Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play, Julie Van Valkenburg as “Charlotte Bartlett” as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, Alexandra Feliciano as “Minnie Beebe” as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, and Rodney Van Valkenburg as “Reverend Eager” as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

 

As “Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast,” a Disney favorite that attracted the highest attendance of the season, Jordan Otis was recognized as Outstanding Debut Actress in a Musical. In a tie vote, James Cunha as “Gaston” and Jason Russell as “Lumiere” were recognized as Outstanding Supporting Actors in a Musical. Alexis Newson as “Babette” was named Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and the cast was recognized as Outstanding Ensemble.

 

“Boeing Boeing,” a comic farce following the exploits of a swinging bachelor in the 1960’s, was honored as Audience Favorite Play of the Season. The show also won honors for Kitty Reel as “Berthe” as Audience Favorite Actress in a Play and Annie Collins as Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Jim Eernisse was recognized twice for his role as “Robert,” tying with Campbell as Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play and tying with Patrick Brady as “Hercule Poirot” in “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” as Audience Favorite Actor in a Play.

 

Other performances recognized were those by Darryl Wheeler as “Scarecrow” in “The Wiz” as both Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play and Audience Favorite Actor in a Play; Tiffany Williams as “Lion” in “The Wiz” as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical; Jacob Moore as “Jim” in “The Glass Menagerie” as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play; Evans Jarnefeldt as “Captain Hastings” in “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” as Outstanding Debut Actor in a Play; and Courtenay Cholovich as “Mrs. Cavendish” in “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” as Outstanding Debut Actress in a Play.

 

Lauren Rayhab of “Beauty and the Beast” and Jeff Hill of “Hello Dolly” were presented the traditional Gypsy Robes, which honor outstanding ensemble members in a musical. Joshua Harrell received the Star Turn Award.

 

In backstage roles, Angie Griffin was recognized as Outstanding Stage Manager, and Vincent Lemmons was honored as Outstanding Crew Member.

 

Other top awards went to Paula Henderson as recipient of the President’s Award, Becki Jordan as winner of the Producer’s Award, and Brad Cansler as Volunteer of the Year.

 

Other honorees: The Larson Family, Outstanding Front of House Volunteers; Kim Jackson, Outstanding Administrative Volunteer; Kitty Murakami, Outstanding Costume Shop Volunteer; Carina Miller, Outstanding Scene Shop Volunteer; and Marieke Lowery, Outstanding Contributions to the Youth Theatre.

 

Here’s the complete list of honorees:

 

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical

Darryl Wheeler as “Scarecrow” in The Wiz

 

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical

Beth McClary-Wolford as “Dolly Levi” in Hello Dolly

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical (tie)

James Cunha as “Gaston” in Beauty and the Beast

Jason Russell as “Lumiere” in Beauty and the Beast

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Tiffany Williams as “Lion” in The Wiz

 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Ray Laliberte as “Rudolph” in Hello Dolly

 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Alexis Newson as “Babette” in Beauty and the Beast

 

Outstanding Debut Actor in a Musical

Tanner Dean as “Ambrose Kemper” in Hello Dolly

 

Outstanding Debut Actress in a Musical

Jordan Otis as “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast

 

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play (tie)

Jeremy Campbell as “George Emerson” in A Room With A View

Jim Eernisse as “Robert” in Boeing Boeing

 

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play

Gwynne Noel Jones as “Lucy Honeychurch” in A Room With A View

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Jacob Moore as “Jim” in The Glass Menagerie

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play (tie)

Annie Collins as “Gretchen” in Boeing Boeing

Julie Van Valkenburg as “Charlotte Bartlett” in A Room With A View

 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Rodney Van Valkenburg as “Reverend Eager” in A Room With A View

 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Alexandra Feliciano as “Minnie Beebe” in A Room With A View

 

Outstanding Debut Actor in a Play

Evans Jarnefeldt as “Capt. Hastings” in The Mysterious Affair At Styles

 

Outstanding Debut Actress in a Play

Courtenay Gillean Cholovich as “Mrs. Cavendish” in The Mysterious Affair At Styles

 

Outstanding Ensemble

The Cast of “Beauty and the Beast”

 

Outstanding Musical of the Season

“Hello Dolly”

 

Outstanding Play of the Season

“A Room with a View”

 

Audience Favorite Actor in a Musical

Darryl Wheeler as “Scarecrow” in The Wiz

 

Audience Favorite Actress in a Musical

Beth McClary-Wolford as “Dolly” in Hello Dolly

 

Audience Favorite Actor in a Play (tie)

Jim Eernisse as “Robert” in Boeing Boeing

Patrick Brady as “Hercule Poirot” in The Mysterious Affair At Styles

 

Audience Favorite Actress In A Play

Kitty Reel as “Berthe” in Boeing Boeing

 

Audience Favorite Musical of the Season

“Hello Dolly”

 

Audience Favorite Play of the Season

“Boeing Boeing”

 

Star Turn

Joshua Harrell

 

Gypsy Robes

Lauren Rayhab in “Beauty and the Beast”

Jeff Hill in “Hello Dolly”

 

Outstanding Front of House Volunteer

The Larson Family

 

Outstanding Administrative Volunteer

Kim Jackson

 

Outstanding Costume Shop Volunteer

Kitty Murakami

 

Outstanding Scene Shop Volunteer

Carina Miller

 

Outstanding Crew Member

Vincent Lemmons

 

Outstanding Youth Theatre Contribution

Marieke Lowery

 

Outstanding Stage Manager

Angie Griffin

 

Volunteer of the Year

Brad Cansler

 

Producer’s Award

Becki Jordan

 

President’s Award

Paula Henderson

Theatre Centre Presents Broadway Musical “Hello, Dolly!” July 13-August 5

Hello, fun! That’s what the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s season-ending production of the Broadway blockbuster musical “Hello, Dolly!” promises to be when it hits the stage on Friday, July 13. The musical comedy, which boasts some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history, continues its run through Sunday, August 5.

“Hello, Dolly!”, which first opened on Broadway in 1964, is currently enjoying a hit revival in New York City, winning honors at last year’s Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Theatre Centre director Scott Dunlap is shaping an equally spectacular show, drawing from Thornton Wilder’s original play “The Matchmaker” on which the musical is based to make the CTC production as farcical, humorous and broadly comic as it can be.

“Hello, Dolly!” is the story of Dolly Levi, an enterprising and widowed matchmaker making her way in New York City at the turn of the century. Among her many gigs, she is brokering the match between lady milliner Irene Molloy and Yonkers-based animal feed merchant and miserly “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Or so it would seem. Dolly actually plans to wed Horace herself so she can spread his money around “like manure.” She’ll have to make it seem like it was his idea first, though.

When Mr. Vandergelder leaves Yonkers for New York City to pay suit to the widowed Mrs. Molloy, his clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby, decide to take an unauthorized holiday themselves and seek adventure in the big city. Their mischief leads them to close encounters with Mr. Vandergelder and a double date at the most expensive restaurant in New York. It is there at the Harmonia Gardens where Dolly makes her grand entrance to a triumphant production number of the title song “Hello, Dolly.” An ensemble of dancing waiters, who perform with dazzling precision and breakneck speed, greet her, which invariably brings down the house.

Dolly’s meddlesome matchmaking and Mr. Vandergelder’s clerks’ comic attempts to avoid an encounter with their boss, while courting Mrs. Molloy and her young shop assistant themselves, result in madcap hilarity.

Back in Yonkers, a subdued and thoughtful Horace realizes that Dolly is the wonderful woman he wants to be his wife. Dolly convinces him to take Cornelius as his business partner, and then finally agrees to marry him—as she had intended all along.

Starring in the title role of Dolly is Theatre Centre favorite Beth McClary, who has showcased her comic sensibilities in several CTC musicals, most recently December’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Rob Inman, a versatile actor who has appeared in more than 30 Little Theatre/Theatre Centre productions since 1978, follows up a touching performance in the spring’s “The Glass Menagerie” with a turn as Horace Vandegelder in “Hello, Dolly!”

Other featured actors in the all-volunteer cast are Anne Barbieri (Irene Malloy), Jeremy Campbell (Cornelius Hackl), Tanner Dean (Ambrose Kemper), Joshua Harell (Barnaby Tucker), Ray Laliberte (Rudolph), Stefanie Oppenheimer (Ernestina Money), Genna Raborn (Ermengarde) and Kimberly Rye (Minnie Fay). A talented 20-person ensemble rounds out the cast.

Anticipating capacity crowds following popular productions of “The Wiz” and “Beauty and the Beast” earlier this season, the Theatre Centre has extended the run of “Hello, Dolly!” to four weekends in the mainstage theatre. Performances on July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 and August 3-4 begin at 8 p.m. Shows on July 19, July 26 and August 2 begin at 7 p.m. Matinees on July 15, 22, 29 and August 5 begin at 2:30 p.m.

Reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, call the Theatre Centre box office at (423) 267-8534 or visit TheatreCentre.com.

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.