Sep 13, 2014

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Join Us This Weekend at the Cooper-Young Festival

cooper-young-festival-2014-300x184This Saturday. September 13, we’ll be at the Cooper- Young festival all day! Stop by and check out our up coming season and special events, buy some t-shirts, and learn more information about our education program. We’re proud to support our local Memphis venues.

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Aug 28, 2014

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Added Performance of Mary Poppins!

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By popular demand and due to sold out performances we have added an additional performance of Mary Poppins on Saturday, September 6th at 2PM!

You can purchase tickets by calling our box-office at (901) 726-4656 or purchase online by clicking HERE.

Additionally one of our generous sponsors, Fed-Ex, has opened up a limited number of tickets for the performance of Mary Poppins this Thursday, August 28th at 8PM. Call our box office at 901-726-4656 or reserve online today

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Aug 25, 2014

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Best of Enemies: The True Story

The Herald-Sun | File photo by Jim Thornton Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, with other city leaders, prepare for the school integration charrette in 1971.

File photo from The Hearald Sun by Jim Thornton Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, with other city leaders, prepare for the school integration charrette in 1971.

A black civil rights activist and an exalted cyclops of the KKK becoming life friends?

Not a true story you hear every day, Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain, tells the story of an unlikely pair fighting together for school desegregation in Durham, North Carolina in 1971.

Bill Riddick, a black activist determined to desegregate North Carolina, nominated Klansman C.P. Ellis and Civil Rights Activist Ann Atwater  to co-chair the charrettes. A charrette is a meeting of a group with conflicting opinions to attempt to resolve conflicts. 

Riddick’s goal was to have as many viewpoints as possible from the community represented, and to allow people to discuss their concerns openly in public.

Atwater and Ellis “took the first two weeks hollering at each other,” Atwater, now 77, said in a recent interview with the Herald Sun. They eventually found common ground talking not as enemies, but as community members with similar problems.

Atwater and Ellis were on the surface an unlikely match as civil rights leaders, but Davidson’s book points out the ways their lives were similar. Both grew up poor, but did their best to change their circumstances. Ellis opened a gas station, and worked as a janitor. Atwater was a single mother so she took jobs as a domestic to help support her family.

In a 1980 Durham Morning Herald interview, Ellis discussed how his views of Atwater and civil rights changed. “I began to see that she was just as sweet as she could be,” he said. “She’d walked the streets of Durham trying to help poor black people. I basically was trying to do the same, to help poor white people. I was finding out I had been wrong. I admitted it and changed. It wasn’t an easy task.”

When Ellis died (in 2005), Atwater said she was asked to sit at the funeral with family members. An usher asked her, “How can you be in the family?” she recalled. “I said, That’s my brother. That man just about fell out,” she said.

Ann atwater and CP Ellis BILL WILLCOX — 1996 AP FILE PHOTO

Ann atwater and CP Ellis
BILL WILLCOX — 1996 AP FILE PHOTO

Best of Enemies runs August 22 – September 14 at The Circuit Playhouse. The Pay What You Can performance is Thursday, August 28, sponsored by Autozone. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper Street. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or purchase tickets online at here.

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Aug 21, 2014

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Theatre School

YOUTH

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Playhouse on the Square’s Theatre School Youth Classes are designed to provide a fun and challenging experience for both the beginner and the experienced performer. Taught by local theatre professionals, our classes give students the opportunity to develop and expand their performance skills, including character development, movement, and voice. The session spans nine weeks, which includes eight weeks of classwork/rehearsal, and an informal showcase performance at The Circuit Playhouse for family and friends the nine week.

For more information on the classes available, click here.

 

 

 

ADULTAdult Theatre School

Whether you are a beginner who is exploring performance for the first time or a seasoned actor continuing your career, Playhouse on the Square’s Adult Theatre School classes offer theatrical training experience to suit any need. 

Taught by prominent local theatre professionals, our classes give students the opportunity to develop and expand their performance skills, including character development, movement, voice, and an awareness of proper audition practices. The session spans nine weeks, which includes eight weeks of classwork/rehearsal, and an informal showcase performance at The Circuit Playhouse for family and friends the ninth week.

For more information on the classes available, click here.

 

 

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Aug 5, 2014

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Best Of Enemies

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Best of Enemies 

August 22 – September 14 2014
The Circuit Playhouse

The Best of Enemies is based on the true story of hatred turned to lasting friendship between Ann Atwater, a black civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, an exalted cyclops of the KKK. During the 1971 court-ordered desegregation of schools in Durham, N. C. , a mediator sent by the Department of Education gets Atwater and Ellis to co-chair a committee formed to debate the desegregation. Forced to face each other and confront the prejudice in their hearts, they ultimately discover the real enemy they share.

Sponsored by Friends of Facing History and Ourselves

Directed by John Maness

Cast:

Ann Atwater – Claire D. Kolheim
C.P. Ellis – Greg Boller
Mary Ellis – Erin Shelton
Bill Riddick – Jerry Roger

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Jul 14, 2014

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Mary Poppins

 

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Mary Poppins 

August 15 – September 7 2014

Playhouse on the Square

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A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

The Banks children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and in need of a new nanny. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Featuring all of the classic songs from the movie along with catchy new tunes, Tony-nominated Mary Poppins is a “roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” – The New York Daily News

Super Sponser: Dr. Thomas Ratliff

Producing Sponsor: First Tennessee Foundation – ArtsFirst 

Show Sponsors : FedEx, Jerry and Nina Patton Family Foundation, Grayson Smith Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Media Sponsors: Jabberblabber Magazine, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages

Director/Choreographer – Geoffrey Goldberg

  • Mary Poppins – Lynden Lewis
  • Bert – Jordan Nichols 
  • Jane Banks – Madeline Bray 
  • Michael Banks – Ty Kirk
  • George Banks – David Foster
  • Winifred Banks – Kim Baker
  • Miss Andrews/Bird Woman – Carla McDonald
  • Miss Brill – Jeanna Juleson 
  • Robertson Ay – Devin Altizer 
  • Admiral – Cameron Reeves
  • Miss Lark – Kim Sanders 
  • Mrs. Corry – Noelia Warnette-Jones
  • Von Hussler/ Park Keeper – Dave Landis 
  • Ensemble – Ebone Amos, Ashley Averwater, Kristen Dasto, Jason Eschhofen, Katie Hahn, Christina Hernandez, Jimmy Hoxie, Russell Lehman, Julia Masotti, Justin Nelson, Oliver Pierce, McCheyne Post, Madeline Thomas, Gavin Trinidad, Atam Woodruff, Marek Zurowski

Production Team: 

  • Director/Choreographer – Geoffrey Goldberg
  • Music Director – Steven Liening 
  • Production Stage Manager – Katharine Stubblefield 
  • Asst. State Manager – Ashley Palmer
  • Scenic Designer – Jimmy Humphries
  • Costume Designer – Caleb Blackwell 
  • Sound Designer – Zach Badreddine 
  • Lighting Designer – John Horan 
  • Properties Master – Kellie Bowles 
  • Technical Director – Kat DeCamillo

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Feb 21, 2014

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The Second Annual NewWorks@TheWorks Competition

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We are accepting scripts for the 2nd Annual “NewWorks@TheWorks” Competition.   A panel of local directors, actors, and designers will review all submitted scripts and select six to receive staged readings during the 2014-15 season.  After the six readings have been presented, Playhouse on the Square will select two that will receive full productions during the 2015-16 season.  These two new works will receive world premieres at Playhouse’s third performance space, TheatreWorks.

Along with these fully mounted productions, the two winning works will each be awarded a prize of $500.  The playwright(s) of each play will also be flown to Memphis to take part in the rehearsals and development of the new work.

For competition guidelines, click here. The deadline to submit is May 30, 2014.

Looking for other ways to get involved with NewWorks@TheWorks? Click here.

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