Current Productions & Special Events

2018-2019 | Our 95th Anniversary Season

A Night with The Pop-Up Project

An Interactive & Multimedia Performance

Saturday, January 19 @ 8 p.m.

Join Chattanooga’s amazing Pop-Up Project for an interactive and multimedia performance that includes dance, music, and film! We’ll be showcasing some of our favorite work from 2018 and previewing new pieces for 2019! In addition to the show you’ll have to chance to hear a little more about Pop-Up and our mission, to meet the performers, and to get YOUR groove on with a dance after-party!

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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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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 Exonerated

6 Riveting Stories about Innocence, Injustice & Redemption

Sunday, February 24 @ 3 p.m.

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s deeply affecting play tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Hard-hitting and socially relevant, the play moves between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, with the six interwoven stories painting a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. This one-night-only performance benefits the Theatre Centre and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga.


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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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