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3:22pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Happenings

Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents 'The King and I' Throughout July

For the next three weekends, The Signal Mountain Playhouse is mounting a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I. The two leads in the musical are both opera- trained singers, which is increasingly common in musical theater.  Seth Carico  plays the king and Jennifer Arbogast) is Anna, the English teacher whose relationship with the King of Siam and his children is the core of the story on which the musical is based.

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10:54am

Tue June 17, 2014
Happenings

Shakespeare Chattanooga's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Opens 6/20

Shakespeare Chattanooga has a new production opening this weekend in the Ripple Theatre on Brainerd Road. As they have in the past, Janis Hashe and her company have taken some liberties with the setting for the play. It was set in Athens, Greece by Shakespeare, but Shakespeare Chattanooga’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in Athens, Georgia.

Janis Hashe, Stephanie Smith and Steve Disbrow discuss the play in this interview.

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11:46am

Wed May 7, 2014
Happenings

Theater for the New South Presents 'tick, tick… BOOM!'

From a media release:

Theater for the New South will present Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM! May 9-10 and 15-18 in the Jim G. Lewis Studio Theater in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine Street, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37403. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission cost is $20. UTC Theatre Company will be teaming up with TFNS to co-sponsor this event. 

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2:47pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Performs 'Titanic' (the Musical) 4/11 & 4/12

Closed Door Entertainment is performing the musical Titanic, which features an ensemble cast, an elaborate set and Tony Award-winning songs.  Although the musical premiered on Broadway in 1997, the same year as James Cameron's film, the musical is not related to the film.  Unlike the film, the musical focuses on real, historical people who boarded the doomed ship.

This segment features excerpts from the songs and a conversation with cast members.

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3:33pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' at UTC 2/14 &2/15

Note: Due to inclement weather, the performance for 2/13 has been canceled.

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is being brought out once again for UTC's 6th consecutive production. The production documents and celebrates the unique, funny, and even sad experiences concerned with the struggles of being a woman. The production will take place February 14th and 15th. WUTC's Virginia Daniels talked with Harley Milligan, the production director, and Sara Peters, director of the Women's Center at UTC.

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10:44am

Tue February 4, 2014
Happenings

'Roadkill Confidential' Starts 2/7: The Setting is Unconventional, The Play is Absurd

Beginning Friday, February 7, the Theater for the New South will present their third play of their third season. Written by West Coast-based playwright Sheila Callaghan, the play Roadkill Confidential will be presented in the Tanner-Hill Art gallery on Broad Street in Chattanooga.

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12:07pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Happenings

CTC Performs Gender-Bending 'Odd Couple' 1/24 - 2/16

Two versions of the Neil Simon Comedy "The Odd Couple" -- one featuring men and the other women -- are presented in repertory at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre beginning Friday, January 24, for 14 performances. Pictured here, the leads from both productions are (seated, left to right) the messy ones -- Carlene Conway as Olive and Zach DeSutter as Oscar; and (standing) the neat ones -- Katlyn Gabor as Florence and Sanford Knox as Felix.
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Throughout the next few weeks, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre will perform two different versions of Neil Simon's classic The Odd Couple--both the well-known version with two male leads, and a newer rewrite featuring two female leads. 

From a media release:

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11:58am

Fri January 24, 2014
Happenings

A Summer's Tale Told in the Midst of a Cold, Cold Winter 1/25 & 1/26

Shakespeare Chattanooga is presenting two staged readings of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which they have re-titled A Midwinter Night’s Dream in deference to the season. Richard Winham talked to Janis Hashe, the director, and Steve Disbrow, one of the actors, about the play and their unusual approach to the readings.  Performances are on 1/25 and 1/26 at Grace Episcopal Church.

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2:49pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Happenings

Free Performance of 'Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write' at UTC Nov 11

From a media release:

“Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”, a one-man show based on the life of William Faulkner will be presented on Monday, November 11, 7 p.m., in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall of the UTC Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Award-winning actor and writer John Maxwell has toured around the world with his very funny and deeply moving production.

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11:14am

Tue November 5, 2013
Happenings

TFNS Performs 'Circle Mirror Transformation' 11/8 - 11/17

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller talks to the director and cast members from the Theater For The New South, which is performing Circle Mirror Transformation, a play about five people participating in a drama class who wind up revealing personal information and secrets while playing acting games.  The play opens 11/8 at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center.

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11:41am

Mon July 8, 2013
In Chattanooga July 19 & 20

'Spring Awakening' Musical Revives Banned German Play

Closed Door Entertainment will perform Spring Awakening at Chattanooga's Memorial Auditorium's RKW Theater on July 19th and 20th.  Intended for mature audiences only, this rock musical is based on a controversial German play from 1891.  Director J.C. Smith and actor Damon Gillespie join WUTC for this interview. 

2:47pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

‘Into The Woods’ Cast Members Join WUTC For A Preview

    Closed Door Entertainment is performing the fractured fairy-tale musical Into The Woods on May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd at the Memorial Auditorium’s Community Theatre in Chattanooga.  Cast members sing and talk about the show in this segment.

3:42pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Celebration of Southern Lit

A Conversation With Playwright Katori Hall

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller has an in-depth conversation with playwright Katori Hall.

Memphis native Katori Hall is an actress, writer and playwright.  She's won numerous awards, and her play The Mountaintop ran on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Katori Hall is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature, which takes place April 17th, 18th and 19th.  In this interview, Hall discusses how The Mountaintop humanizes Martin Luther King, Jr., how she joined the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and what she'll be doing at the Celebration.

3:01pm

Tue March 19, 2013
The Hills Are Alive With...

‘The Sound Of Music’ At Tivoli March 21 – 23

Georgia-based theater company Closed Door Entertainment is performing The Sound of Music at the Tivoli in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In this interview, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks to cast members Grace Kling and Greg Glover about the timeless appeal of this classic musical.

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11:25am

Thu February 21, 2013
Truly Original Theater

Hinck's ‘Cyclopaedia’ Debuts Feb 21st

Cyclopaedia cast members rehearse a dance that involves swinging long, white pipes to create percussion sounds.

Funded in large part by a MakeWork grant, Cyclopaedia is one of the most complex avant-garde theater productions in Chattanooga recently.  Tim Hinck, the creator, says it’s non-narrative—an experimental work that comments on communication.  Cyclopaedia runs from February 21st – 25th at the Center For Creative Arts.

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