Productions & Special Events

2021-2022 | Our 98th Season of Exceptional Theatre

Alabama Story

A New Southern Play

January 21-February 6

Inspired by real events, Kenneth Jones’ new play is the story of a bullying but complex segregationist senator in 1959 who wants a controversial children’s book taken off the library shelves, but a fearless librarian refuses, putting both of their worlds at risk. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s author inhabit the same page in this new play brimming with humor, humanity, heartbreak and hope. A selection of the CTC Book Club presented in the Circle Theatre. To read about the real woman and the playwright’s inspiration for the play, CLICK HERE. To read more about the production, CLICK HERE.

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Stage Manager University

Learn the Ropes or Update Your Skills

February 8 & 10 @ 7 PM

Director of Productions Scott Dunlap will lead this two-night educational event. It’s open to any adult, whether you have prior experience or not, for those wanting to volunteer in this valuable role. We’ll cover the stage manager’s duties and responsibilities, including some new procedures. We’ll be recruiting our future stage managers from Stage Manager University’s “alumni” so enroll now to earn your degree! (Click on ORDER TICKETS to register for free!)

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Aladdin, Jr.

A Magical Disney Adventure

February 18-27

Discover “A Whole New World” with this magically updated musical adaptation based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show. This Youth Theatre production takes us on an adventure with a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Genie, Princess Jasmine, and Aladdin’s friends are all along for the ride! Presented in the Mainstage Theatre.

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Premier Jazz Orchestra

An Evening of Big Band Music

Tuesday, February 22 @ 7 PM

Chattanooga is buzzing about Premier Jazz Orchestra, a new ensemble that presents an incredible mix of Big Band standards along with charts with a modern flair. They offer something for everyone, from slow smoky ballads that allow their vocalists to sweep you away to up-tempo aggressive brass burners. You’ll enjoy the music of Count Basie, Michael Buble, Gordon Goodwin, and more!

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CTC Book Club

A Discussion of Bruce Norris' CLYBOURNE PARK

Tuesday, March 8 @ 7 PM

Next up for the CTC Book Club is Bruce Norris’ CLYBOURNE PARK, winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. Read the script 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!

Little Women

The Broadway Musical Adaptation

March 18-April 3

Louisa May Alcott’s timeless story is brought to life in a glorious musical featuring the four March sisters and their beloved Marmee, as we follow their adventures in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. It’s a story filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. Presented in the Mainstage Theatre.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

An Original Youth Theatre Production

April 29-May 8

In the world of toys, life begins when humans leave the room. When one group of toys discovers a velveteen rabbit, they learn what it means to be truly loved in this original adaptation of Margery Williams’ timeless tale by CTC Youth Theatre Director Scott Dunlap. Presented in the Mainstage Theatre.

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Joe Turner’s Come & Gone

The Genius of August Wilson

June 10-26

When Herald Loomis arrives at a Pittsburgh boarding house after seven years’ impressed labor on a chain gang, he is a free man—in body. But the scars of his enslavement and a sense of alienation oppress his spirit, and the seemingly hospitable rooming house seethes with tension and distrust. Loomis is looking for the wife he left behind, believing she can help him reclaim his identity. But through his encounters with the other residents, he begins to realize what he really seeks is his rightful place in a new world. Presented in the Circle Theatre.

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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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