Productions & Special Events

WWI: The Not-So-Great War

A One-Man Show about the "War to End all Wars"

Wednesday, January 24 & Thursday, January 25, 2024 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 geopolitical 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.”

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August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

The Next Chapter of the Century Cycle at CTC

Representing the 1940’s | Performed in the Circle Theatre

The sixth in the August Wilson’s decade-by-decade exploration of the Black experience in America, two of which have won Pulitzer Prizes, Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy, and part mystery. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd’s sudden and unnatural death. (Appropriate for mature audiences

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Dragons Love Tacos

The Search for the Perfect Snack

Representing the 2010’s | Performed in the Mainstage Theatre

You know what Dragons really love? Tacos of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa…watch out! (Appropriate for all audiences)

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Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Take a Chilling Train Ride with Suspicious Characters

Representing the 1930’s | Performed in the Mainstage Theatre

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. (PG-13)

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

A Jazzy Celebration of the Great Fats Waller

Representing the 1920’s | Performed in the Circle Theatre

Assembled under the expert eye of director/lyricist, Richard Maltby, Jr., Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. Although not quite a biography, Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and vibrancy of one of the Jazz genre’s inimitable icons as an energetic ensemble struts, strums and sings the songs that Thomas “Fats” Waller made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. (PG-13)

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Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo Jr.

An Oceanic Journey of Epic Proportions

Representing the 2000’s | Performed in the Mainstage Theatre

Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo JR. is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. (Appropriate for all audiences)

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Prelude to a Kiss

For Better or Weirder

Representing the 1990’s | Performed in the Circle Theatre

At Peter and Rita’s wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita’s soul and the old man’s to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love’s spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it’s too late. (PG-13)

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La Cage Aux Folles

"It's hot and hectic, effervescent and eclectic!"

Representing the 1980’s | Performed in the Mainstage Theatre

After 20 years of partnered bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better or worse, get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a conservative politician. Further complicating the situation is the “family business”: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer, “Zaza.” Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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