Current Productions & Special Events

2020-2021 | Our 97th Season of Great Theatre

Book Club

The Kickoff Meeting of the CTC Book Club

Tuesday, June 22 @ 7 PM

Our new book club kicks off with a gathering to discuss Kenneth Lonergan’s play LOBBY HERO and the issues it raises. Read the script before the meeting, then join us in the Mainstage Lobby for some lively discussion. Each monthly meeting will discuss a play that addresses social issues. Events are free, but reservations are required. (Click “Order Tickets“.) Communication about the book club will be through a private Facebook group. You may request to join that group by searching for “Chattanooga Theatre Centre Book Club.” For details, call our box office at 423.267.8534.

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Volunteer Happening

Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

Wednesday, June 23 @ 5:30 PM

We’re welcoming new volunteers and welcoming back old volunteers at this informational event for our MVPs! As we gear up to resume a full production schedule, we have new volunteer opportunities, and we want you to be the first to know! Meet the staff, participate in backstage tours, and learn how we can put you to work! The event is free, of course, but reservations are appreciated. Click “Order Tickets.”

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Star Spangled Picnic

A Fundraising Party & BBQ Dinner on the Lawn
Saturday, July 3 @ 5:30 PM
It’s a brand new way to celebrate Independence Day and support the CTC at the same time! There’s no Pops on the River this year, so we’re throwing our own outdoor party! Join us as we transform our Star Spangled Supper into a rip-roarin’ STAR SPANGLED PICNIC & FUNDRAISER on our beautiful riverfront lawn. We’ll have BBQ by Sugar’s, music by the Premiere Jazz Orchestra, and lots of fun activities! Doors open at 5:30 and dinner is at 6:00. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. $50 admission, $10 for ages 12 and under. No walkups. Reservations by phone only. Call our Box Office at 423.267.8534 (Tuesday-Friday, 10-2).

The Miss Firecracker Contest

An Explosive Southern Comedy

July 9-25

From the playwright who brought you CRIMES OF THE HEART comes this nutty Southern comedy. We meet Carnelle, an irrepressible young woman who thinks that winning the local beauty contest will restore her soiled reputation and make her somebody in her small Mississippi community. The family and friends who help her along the way are a dysfunctional bunch who tackle life in their own peculiar ways. Carnelle perseveres—leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity and compassion—as all concerned finally escape their unhappy pasts and turn hopefully toward what must surely be a better future.

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The Drifters

An Extraordinary Times Concert Series Event

Saturday, August 7 @ 5 PM and 8 PM

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, known for hits like “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Stand By Me,” and “Up On The Roof,” will give two performances as part of Come Clean Entertainment’s Extraordinary Times Concert Series. Win a door prize for best 50’s or 60’s outfit!

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Working: A Musical

Tickets go on sale soon!

August 20-September 5

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, WORKING is a captivating tapestry of monologues and songs which explores what makes our work meaningful across all walks of life. Whether it be in an office, a restaurant, your home, or you’ve retired, this musical reminds us to celebrate not only what we do, but how we do it. Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, this updated version is a musical exploration and celebration of essential workers and features new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED), Craig Carnelia, and legendary recording artist James Taylor. Tickets go on sale soon!