Current Productions

Announcing the 2017 – 2018 SEASON

The X Play

A TheatreQuest Production

Saturdays, February 18-25 @ 10:30AM
We have now Xed off 23 letters in our extensive exhibition of alphabet plays. We now find ourselves the crossroad of letters, the 24th annex to the alphabet, the often sought, but seldom noticed, letter X.  Join us as we explore exotic afflictions, experiment with extemporaneous odes, extol Shakespeare, and there’s a xylophone too! Can our cast of excited X-plorers bring this extraordinary exploit to you  in 30 minutes, and extricate themselves from a pie in the face? We hope not. Whether you are an expert of X, or  an X-tremist, please come and experience our exposé of the letter X. Tickets available at the door for just $5 (half the price of a bad haircut) Questions? Call 423-267-8538 ext. 313 or email: [email protected]

Sonia Young, The Purple Lady

A Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 25 @ 5PM

A Celebration of the Life of Sonia Young, Chattanooga’s beloved Purple Lady, will be held Saturday, March 25, starting at 5 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street. Following the seated program, light refreshments will be served by Lee Towery Catering. Sonia Young was a passionate supporter of the city and for enriching our community, especially in the arts, education, children’s causes, and animal welfare. Please join her family and friends in a commemoration her life which will include a tribute video by Randall Shuptrine, Legacies that Live On. This is an open event for those who wish to pay their respects to this legendary lady. RSVP is requested. Call the Chattanooga Theatre Center at 423-267-8534 or visit Donations in Sonia Young’s memory can be made to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405. Please contact Melanie Young, [email protected] for more information or the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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CTC Book Club


Tuesday, February 28 @ 7 PM

Next up for the CTC Book Club is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Two bachelors create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. 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!