Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff and a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation and Arts Memphis, will continue to offer its patrons digital content through the Fall, in response to current COVID-19 opening protocols.
In July of 2020, the executive leadership of Circuit Playhouse, Inc. made the difficult decision to postpone in-person performances, although their reopening plan had been approved by the Shelby County Health Department. Executive Producer, Michael Detroit said in the July release that remaining closed, “is in the best interest and safety of the cast, crew, staff, volunteers, and patrons.”
Since the Shelter-in-Place mandates were handed down from the City of Memphis in March, Playhouse on the Square shifted its performance offerings to a digital form through it’s website and social media platforms. Patrons have been able to enjoy such programs as POTS in the Vault, Story Time in Neverland, and the Digital Play Series. During the summer, The Department of Theatre Education swiftly adjusted its annual Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory to an online experience for tuition and offered free classes (Musical Mondays, Story Drama, and Flashback Fridays) on YouTube and Facebook. The Summer Spotlight Series, airing bi-weekly on Wednesdays, presented performances of Playhouse on the Square company members and an archival roundtable with the cast and crew of the 2001 production of Hair. The summer series culminated with a streamed video production of the St. Paulie’s Delight World Premiere on The Circuit Playhouse stage. Due to the success of the theatre’s summer digital offerings, Playhouse on the Square is excited to announce its fall season digital lineup!
Join Resident Company members… and love-birds Nathan McHenry and Brooke Papritz for an evening of songs from the stage and beyond titled: “Songs we Love” – Cozy in your corner, while Brooke and Nathan share their gifts with you.
“Let’s do the time warp again” with host Marcus Cox and the cast and crew of Playhouse on the Square’s past productions of The Rocky Horror Show! POTS has produced the cult favorite three separate times on three different Playhouse stages. Which was your favorite? Grab your best boa and register now, you don’t want to miss this!
“It’s so nice, we had to do it twice” – You miss Playhouse and your Playhouse family misses you! Join us for another digital cabaret featuring performances by Resident and Associate Company members from the PAST and PRESENT! Meet some of our new company members and check in with your favorite faces from the past, all across the nation! Special guest performers will be announced soon, register now and be the first to know who will be joining us!
Like most things this year, Halloween will look very different than it has in the past. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your spook on! Join Playhouse on the Square for a radio play adaptation of a few of the Grimm Fairy Tales. Listen to them in the dark… if you dare!
This season’s production of Peter Pan was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. But a Mid South tradition like Peter Pan is as important to us as a shadow is to Peter himself! The holiday favorite has flown across the Playhouse stage close to thirty years. Join Marcus as catches up with the casts and crews of past productions. Who was your favorite Peter? Your favorite Wendy? Which Captain Hook was the most sinister? What ever happened to the Lost Boys? Join us to find out!