Productions & Special Events

2021-2022 | Our 98th Season of Exceptional Theatre

Star Spangled Picnic

A BBQ Dinner on the Lawn
Saturday, July 2 @ 6:00 PM

Celebrate the holiday and support the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the same time! We’re throwing the best Independence Day party in town in conjunction with the Pops on the River concert and fireworks! Join us for a rip-roarin’ party on our beautiful riverfront lawn. We’ll have BBQ by Sugar’s Ribs, Clumpies ice cream, music by Premier Jazz, a sneak peek at our upcoming production of GIANT STEPS, a silent auction featuring North Shore merchants and more, all to benefit the CTC! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.

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CTC Book Club

A Discussion of ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS

Tuesday, July 5 @ 7 PM

Next up for the CTC Book Club is ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS. Read the play before the meeting, then join us in the Mainstage Lobby for some lively conversation (and a little wine if you want to BYOB). Each monthly meeting will discuss another play that addresses social issues. You’ll find a PDF of the script on the club’s Facebook page. If you’re not a member, search for “CTC Book Club” and ask to join!

Giant Steps: An Urbean Musical

A World Premiere on Our Stage

July 22-August 7

We’re thrilled to present the world premiere of a brand new work featuring music and lyrics by Chattanoogan Michael Dexter, a member of the CTC family. With music ranging from gospel to Calypso, it’s a contemporary twist on the classic fairytale Jack & the Beanstalk. Set in the inner city of a major American metropolis, it follows the story of 15-year-old J Johnson, who lives with his widowed mother in a miserable apartment. A chance encounter with a street vendor leaves J with magical beans that will forever change his fate. Presented in the Mainstage Theatre.

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Centre Stage Awards

A Celebration of Our Volunteers

Friday, August 19

Mark your calendars for the Centre Stage Awards, our annual celebration of the volunteers who make the Chattanooga Theatre Centre the exceptional place that it is! Details to come!

The Sound of Music

A Beloved Musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein

September 30-October 16

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s inspirational musical follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the Von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, THE SOUND OF MUSIC has won the hearts of audiences worldwide. (Appropriate for all ages)

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August: Osage County

The Dark Side of an Uproarious Family

October 28-November 13

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the dysfunctional Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Tracy Letts’ ferociously entertaining play won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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The Santaland Diaries

From the Twisted Mind of David Sedaris

December 2-17, 2022

Humorist David Sedaris’ irreverent monologue of a would-be actor slaving as an elf in Macy’s department store is a wry, acerbic riff on the commercialization of the season. At first the job is simply humiliating, but then another Santa is ushered into the workshop, one who is different from the lecherous and drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about the children, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out. Presented with another monologue, SEASON’S GREETINGS, a funny, touching—and twisted—take on the season. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Boisterous Holiday Musical

December 9-18

In this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic, the Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites. Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story—and the Herdman kids—through new eyes. (Appropriate for all ages)

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Pride & Prejudice

Hold Onto Your Bonnets!

January 27-February 12, 2023

This isn’t your grandmother’s Jane Austen! Bold, surprising, and boisterous, this stage adaptation explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect – or imperfect – match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Austen’s novel gets a deliciously antic sensibility. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Color Purple

A Musical Celebration

February 17-March 5, 2023

This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film follows the journey of Celie, a downtrodden young African-American woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, it’s a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winner in 2015 for Best Revival of a Musical. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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Bambi

A Youth Theatre Production

March 17-26, 2023

Here for the first time is a stage version of the beloved story written by an Austrian novelist in the 1920s. It’s an eloquent tale of growing up. After Bambi encounters for the first time the feelings of love, fear, loneliness, and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth’s creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Cake

The Ingredients for Trouble

April 21-May 7, 2023

Della makes cakes, not judgment calls. Those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, this bubbly but conservative baker’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? In Bekah Brunstetter’s touching dramatic comedy, Della faces a crisis of conscience and, for the first time in her life, she has to think for herself. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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Miss Nelson Is Missing

A Youth Theatre Production

May 12-21, 2023

In this hilarious adaptation of the beloved children’s book, Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp. With the Big Test approaching, the kids realize how much they miss Miss Nelson, and they’ll do anything to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Piano Lesson

An August Wilson Masterpiece

June 9-25, 2023

It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he must come up with the money right quick. Should he sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations? Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated. From the masterful August Wilson, author of FENCES, comes this winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up)

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Something Rotten

The Funniest Musical in 400 Years

July 21-August 6, 2023

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of 16th century Shakespeare and 21st century Broadway. This outrageous musical farce follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up)

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