Current Productions & Special Events

2018-2019 | Our 95th Anniversary Season

The Last Five Years

Directed by Garry Lee Posey | Music Direction by Tim Hinck

October 19-28

Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally powerful and intimate musical tells the story of two 20-somethings who fall in love—and out of it again—over the course of a five-year relationship. Jamie, an up-and-coming writer, struggles to balance his sudden success with his increasingly tumultuous love life, while Cathy, an aspiring actress, deals with the frustrations of her own stalled career while watching her husband from the sidelines. Jamie tells his side of the tale in chronological order, while Cathy relives the relationship backwards, with both stories intersecting in the middle on their wedding day. RATED R

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Riverbend Radio Revue

“Halloween Horrors of the Nightmare ‘Noog”

October 27 @ 8 p.m.

Music! Laughs! Games! Gags! Ghosts…?! We proudly present a live, Chatty-themed talk show, radio play, and rock concert all-in-one extravaganza. Host Courtenay Gillean Cholovich (and her lovely assistant, Jacob Moore) will treat you to a night of stories inspired by local lore, jokes, songs, and lively banter, featuring special guests, a banging house band comprised of Chattanooga’s finest local rockers, and the all-important cash bar!

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A Wrinkle in Time

Adapted after the novel by Madeleine L'Engle | Directed by Scott Dunlap

November 3-11

Meg is the quintessential square peg: a middle-school math whiz with glasses and a short temper. But when she and her strangely gifted little brother 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. Even with the help of curious otherworldly beings, Meg will have to conjure every power she can find, and then some, to put her family back together. (Appropriate for 4th grade and up)

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Squeeze My Cans

Surviving Scientology
November 16-18
The Church of Scientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years, and in this original solo show, she narrates the roller coaster ride down the “rabbit hole” that was her life. Simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking, and redemptive, SQUEEZE MY CANS is more than just an audition to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend. In 75 minutes, Schenkelberg takes you on her journey of a 20-something looking for her place and purpose in the world…and comes out two decades later (and about a million dollars poorer). SQUEEZE MY CANS is a funny, intimate, and shocking story about the power of survival through persistence and humor. (Ages 14+ due to sexual content.)
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Holiday Tea with Beauty & Cinderella

An Enchanted Party with Princesses
December 1
Beauty and Cinderella are hosting an enchanting holiday tea party! Spend time meeting, chatting, and taking photos with both Princess Beauty and Princess Cinderella, who will be dressed in their finest holiday gowns and cloaks. Enjoy delicious treats with a variety of seasonal hot beverages, live music, and a holiday sing-along to beloved Christmas tunes. We’ll finish with a final photo opportunity against a beautiful holiday scene. Space is limited.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Charles Schulz | Directed by Chuck Tuttle

December 8-16

The classic animated TV special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation of Charles Schulz’s beloved tale in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. (Appropriate for 1st grade and up)

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A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration

Directed by Todd Olson | Music Direction by LaFrederick Thirkill

December 14-30

It’s Christmas Eve on the frigid banks of the Potomac River, 1864. It seems like all Americans prepare for the holiday as best they can – Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves and freemen, as well as President Lincoln and Mary Todd. Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Paula Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story is propelled by traditional American songs: marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by live musicians. “A Civil War Christmas” is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope. RATED G

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Once On This Island, Jr.

Directed by Scott Dunlap | Music Direction by Neshawn Bynum Calloway | Choreography by Marie Dance

February 2-10

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored musical score, “Once on This Island Jr.” is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. This full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. (Appropriate for 3rd grade and up)

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Fences

By August Wilson | Directed by Ricardo Morris

February 15-March 3

The Theatre Centre has committed to produce an August Wilson play each year for the next decade, and we’re starting with his towering masterpiece, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play. Set in 1957, it explores what holds families together (and drives them apart) in a powerful story filled with humor, love, hope, failure and triumph. The play follows Troy, a former Negro League baseball star whose prime came before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. After Troy’s rapid rise ends, he is forced to let go of his dreams and deal with his headstrong athletic son who has a chance to go so much further than he did. RATED PG-13

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Adapted from the story by Beatrix Potter | Directed by Scott Dunlap

March 30-April 7

In this enchanting adaptation of the Beatrix Potter story, Peter is famous as the clever and daring rabbit who succeeds in invading mean Farmer McGregor’s cabbage patch, in spite of traps, scarecrows and other dangers. His sisters Flopsy and Mopsy, their friend Squirrel Nutkin and Cawdy the Crow all share his adventures in this endearing dramatization. (Appropriate for kindergarten and up)

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Avenue Q

Directed by Jorge Acosta | Music Direction by Jennifer Wilson

May 3-12

This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. RATED R

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Murder on the Nile

By Agatha Christie | Directed by Courtenay Cholovich

May 17-June 9

One of the best from acclaimed mystery writer Agatha Christie. Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare. RATED PG

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Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by Magge Cabrera Hudgens | Music Direction by Dexter Bell | Choreography by Jessica Laliberte-Bowman

July 12-August 4

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination. RATED PG-13

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