Monday, April 12, 2010

Dixie Carter in a Memphis production of THE KING & I

Posted by on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This fantastic piece of Memphis Theater history comes to us courtesy of veteran performer Ron Gephart. Carter played Tuptim, a young girl given as a gift to the King of Siam by the King of Burma. Those with keen eyes will note that Memphis actor/director Barry Fuller is also in the cast playing The King's secretary Phra Alack.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dixie Carter Dies

Posted by on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 10:37 PM

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Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her performance as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV sitcom Designing Women died today, Saturday, April 10.

Carter attended Rhodes College but took her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis. Her career as an actress began in Memphis in 1961 when she played the role of Julie in the Front Street Theatre's production of Carousel. She moved to New York in 1962 and found work right away. Carter made her off-Broadway debut as Perdita in Shakespeare's A Winters Tale in 1963. She appeared as Maria Callas in the Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Master Class in 1997. She returned to Memphis in 1993 to play Blanche in a production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at the University of Memphis.

Carter took roles on Soap Operas in the 1970's. Designing Women launched on CBS in 1986 and ran for seven years.

She is survived by Hal Holbrook, her husband of 26 years.

UPDATE: As several readers have pointed out both schools have been renamed since Carter attended. Rhodes was Southwestern at Memphis and the University of Memphis was Memphis State University.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Socrates is Sorry

Posted by on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM

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Join Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides for an unforgettable performance of Plato's The Apology of Socrates. Presented by the Greek Theatre of New York, The Apology premiered in New York in 2003 and has since been performed to great acclaim at the United Nations, the Athens Agora, the NBC Today Show, and in theatres, festivals, schools, universities, and libraries across the US, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

Performances
Thursday, April 15, 10am - University Center Theater
Friday, April 16, 8:30pm - University Center Theater
(A Q&A session with Mr. Simonides follows each performance)

Tickets
U of M students: FREE
General Admission: $15
Get your tickets here!

More to come.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Germantown Community Theatre announces its 2010-11 Season

Posted by on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Germantown is taking no risks in the 2010-11 season. Check out this list of familiar names & titles.

Godspell

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
With music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

September 10 - 26 | Musical
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come to life.

Agatha Christie’s The Hollow

By Agatha Christie

October 22 — November 7, 2010 | Mystery/Suspense
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

An unhappy game of romantic follow the leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.


The Velveteen Rabbit - A Musical Play

Book Lyric and Music by Barnes Boffey and Paul Pilcher,
Additional music by Bob Love, Based on the book by Margery Williams

Regional Premiere
December 3 — 19, 2010 | Family Musical
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

This musical adaptation of Margery Williams' classic follows the adventures of the toy rabbit as he tries to become real.



The Dixie Swim Club

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten

Regional Premiere
February 25, - March 13, 2011 | Comedy/Drama
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August at a beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to recharge those relationships.

The Fantasticks

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt

April 9 - 25
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

This musical tells the tale of two young lovebirds from neighboring families who steal glances and keep their romance a secret from their feuding fathers.

The Foreigner

by Larry Shue

May 6 —22, 2011 | Comedy
Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.

Hattiloo Theatre announces its 2010-11 Season

Posted by on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Only one more announcement to go then I'll most my 2010-11 dream season. Meanwhile, here's what's on tap at the Hattiloo.

THE WIZ (Musical)
Story adapted from L. Frank Baum
Music by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross
Aug. 19th — Sept. 12th

A kindergarten teacher from Harlem, and her dog Toto are lost in a snowstorm and end up in the Land of Oz. Dorothy learns the only way she can get home is to ease on down the road to see the Wiz.

JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
Written by August Wilson
Sept. 23rd — Oct. 17th

This play tells the story of Herald Loomis, a man illegally enslaved on a chain gang. A local traveling salesman helps Herald find his wife. When she tries to renew his faith in Jesus, he refuses angrily, and performs a violent and personal act.

Tartuffe (Classic)
Written by Molière
Oct. 28th — Nov. 14th

Tartuffe is a con man that convinces the rich Orgon that he’s really a holy man. By the time Tartuffe is exposed he has control of Orgon’s finances and family.

If Scrooge Was A Brother (Musical)
Written by Ekundayo Bandele
Dec. 2nd — 26th

This urban spin of Dickens’ Christmas Carol features Eb Scroo, a wealthy businessman seeking to snuff out the season's cheer by demanding that all debts owed him be paid before nightfall.

THE OLD SETTLER (Drama)
Written by John Henry Redwood
Jan. 6th — 23rd, 2011

Husband has come to New York City from down South to find his old flame. Needing a place to stay, Husband boards with two sisters. In time, the oldest sister and Husband begin a courtship makes the younger sister react angrily.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Classic)
Written by Lorraine Hanesberry
Feb. 3rd — 27th

Lena Younger receives a life insurance check upon her husband's death. Lena’s children, Walter and Beneatha, each have their plans for the money, and this causes great conflict in the household.

The Trial of One Shortsighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae'
Written by Marcia L. Leslie
March 24th — April 10th

A courtroom drama pitting modern black businesswoman Victoria Dryer against two stereotypes of black women from a fictional film set on a plantation in 1823: the mammy and the “Jezebel,” in this case known as Safreeta Mae.

CROWNS (Musical)
Written by Regina Taylor
April 28th — May 22nd

A musical play in which the characters use hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing.

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