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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ostrander Winners, 2013-14

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Barry Fuller and Marques Brown in the multiple Ostrander-winning musical Young Frankenstein
  • Theatre Memphis
  • Barry Fuller and Marques Brown in the multiple Ostrander-winning musical "Young Frankenstein"

It was a great night at the Orpheum honoring the best of the best of what Memphis Theater has to offer. I'd initially planned to open this announcement with a big season wrap up, but sometimes it's best to give the people what they want. And I think they want winners.

COLLEGE OSTRANDER AWARD WINNERS
2013-2014

SET DESIGN
Brian Ruggaber Chess U of M

COSTUMES

Amie Eoff Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson McCoy Theatre

LIGHTING
Mandy Kay Heath Chess U of M

PROPS

Kathy Haaga Anton in Show Business McCoy Theatre

MAKE-UP/HAIR

Janice Benning Lacek Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine U of M


MUSIC DIRECTION

Angelo Rapan Chess U of M

SOUND DESIGN

John McFadden Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M


CHOREOGRAPHY

Tracey Bonner Chess U of M

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Léerin Campbell Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson McCoy Theatre

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Christopher Calderazzo Chess U of M


LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Allison Huber Chess U of M


LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Corbin Williams Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson McCoy Theatre

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Chess U of M

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Madison Tallant Anton in Show Business McCoy Theatre

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Luke Hefner Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M

LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Katie Marburger Anton in Show Business McCoy Theatre

LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jon Castro Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M
David Couter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M


LARGE ENSEMBLE (Cast of 13+)

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson McCoy Theatre

SMALL ENSEMBLE (Cast of 12 or less)
Anton in Show Business McCoy Theatre


FEATURED/CAMEO ROLE

Willie Derrick Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine U of M

SPECIAL AWARD FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON

Jung Han Kim and The Trajedians Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M

BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Jordan Nichols Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson McCoy Theatre


BEST DIRECTION OF A DRAMA

Paul Revaz Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead U of M

COMMUNITY OSTRANDER AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS
2013-2014

SET DESIGN

Chris Sterling Haint New Moon Theatre Company


COSTUMES

Paul McCrae As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

LIGHTING

Jeremy Allen Fisher Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

PROPS
Ashley Palmer Red The Circuit Playhouse


HAIR/WIGS/MAKE UP
Alexandria Gore, Ellen Inghram and Paul McCrae Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

MUSIC DIRECTION
Renée Kemper Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square


SOUND DESIGN
Zach Badreddine 4,000 Miles POTS@TheWorks

CHOREOGRAPHY

Shorey Walker, Jordan Nichols, and
Travis Bradley Hairspray Playhouse on the Square

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Morgan Howard Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Rob Hanford Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Leigh Eck Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Marques W. Brown Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis



DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Cecelia Wingate Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Jillian Barron As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

John Maness Grace The Circuit Playhouse

LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Lena Wallace The Miracle Worker Germantown Community Theatre

LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

S.A. Weakley Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

SMALL ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 7 or fewer)

Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

LARGE ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 8 or more)
Hairspray Playhouse on the Square

FEATURED/CAMEO ROLE

Barry Fuller Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

BEST PRODUCTION OF AN ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Haint New Moon Theatre Company

DIRECTION OF A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION

Jerry Chipman The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION

Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD

Cathy and Harold Richardson Theatre Memphis

THE JANIE MCCRARY PUTTING IT TOGETHER AWARD

Debbie Litch

THE LARRY RILEY RISING STAR AWARD

Morgan Howard

THE EUGART YERIAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

John Rone

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Hattiloo Brings Stick-Fly star Ruben Santiago-Hudson to Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The Hattiloo Theatre wants to give local actors a chance to meet, greet, and pick up some tips from a Broadway actor/director who's done notable work in Hollywood too.

Hattiloo is bringing in Stick-Fly star Ruben Santiago-Hudson to attend the show's Memphis premiere. He will host a 2-hour workshop Saturday, September 6th. Tickets are $20/each and will be available on-line. Admission to the workshop is limited.

In addition to appearing in Stick-Fly Santiago-Hudson wrote Lackawanna Blues and adapted it for HBO film. He also appeared on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam and received the 1996 Tony for August Wilson's Seven Guitars. And that's just a taste of his accomplishments.

To reserve a slot in the workshop, here's your click. programs@hattilootheatre.org

Friday, August 8, 2014

Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis Honors "Camp Logan" Playwright Celeste Bedford Walker Alongside Local Actors, Directors, Choreographers, Producers

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Last night the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis presented Gyneka Awards to Patricia Bogan, Julia "Cookie" Ewing, Pat Halloran, Debbie Litch, Naomi Moody, Dorothy Gunther Pugh and Celeste Bedford Walker.

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The awards were presented at The Circuit Playhouse on Thursday, August 7. WTFM continues through August 9.

For a complete list of performances and events, here's your click.

The Women's Theatre Festival was founded in 2012 by Memphis actor, playwright and producer Ruby O'Gray who had long dreamed of a way to honor women who've made a difference in theater, both locally and internationally.



Wendy Moten pitches her new recording and WTF Memphis

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Congratulations to All the Ostrander Award Nominees, 2013-14

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

A scene from As You Like It at Theatre Memphis
  • A scene from "As You Like It " at Theatre Memphis

It's time once again for the Memphis theater world's biggest annual party. The 2013-14 Ostrander Awards will be handed out Sunday, August 24th, at 6 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. For ticket information visit this link.

COMMUNITY OSTRANDER AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS
2013-2014

SET DESIGN
Mark Guirguis Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Dan Kopera and Bill Short The Royal Family Theatre Memphis
Chris Sterling Haint New Moon Theatre Company
Jack Yates Harvey Theatre Memphis
Jack Yates Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

COSTUMES
Paul McCrae As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Rebecca Y. Powell Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Rebecca Y. Powell Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Andre´ Bruce Ward The Music Man Theatre Memphis
Andre´ Bruce Ward The Royal Family Theatre Memphis

Les Miserables at Playhouse on the Square
  • "Les Miserables" at Playhouse on the Square

LIGHTING
Jeremy Allen Fisher Jesus Christ Superstar Theatre Memphis
Jeremy Allen Fisher Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Jeremy Allen Fisher Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
John Horan The Diary of Anne Frank Playhouse on the Square
John Horan Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square

PROPS
Betty Dilley The Miracle Worker Germantown Community Theatre
Ashley Palmer Red The Circuit Playhouse
Ashley Palmer and Katharine Stubblefield Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Katharine Stubblefield Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Jack Yates Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

HAIR/WIGS/MAKE UP
Nicholas Bursoni Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Andrew Chandler Frankenstein New Moon Theatre Company
Alexandria Gore, Ellen Inghram and Paul McCrae Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Rebecca Y. Powell and Caleb Blackwell Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Barbara Sanders The Royal Family Theatre Memphis

MUSIC DIRECTION
Gary Beard The Music Man Theatre Memphis
Jeffrey B. Brewer Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Renée Kemper Gypsy Playhouse on the Square
Renée Kemper Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Renée Kemper Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square


SOUND DESIGN
Zach Badreddine 4,000 Miles POTS@TheWorks
Zach Badreddine The Diary of Anne Frank Playhouse on the Square
Zach Badreddine Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Eric Sefton Haint New Moon Theatre Company
Eric Sefton Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

CHOREOGRAPHY
Leah Beth Bolton Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Christi Hall The Music Man Theatre Memphis
Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Courtney Oliver and Standrew Parker Reefer Madness The Circuit Playhouse
Shorey Walker, Jordan Nichols, and Travis Bradley Hairspray Playhouse on the Square

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Elisabeth Cross Hipp Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Morgan Howard Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Lynden Lewis Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Caroline Simpson Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Jaclyn Suffel Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gregory Alexander Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Jonathan Christian Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Rob Hanford Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Jordan Nichols Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Kent Reynolds Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Ken Zimmerman Hairspray Playhouse on the Square

Its a Miracle Worker at GCT
  • It's a "Miracle Worker" at GCT


LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Leigh Eck Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Carla McDonald The Great American Trailer Park Musical The Circuit Playhouse Carla McDonald Monty Python’s Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Courtney Oliver Hairspray Playhouse on the Square

LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Bill Andrews Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Justin Asher Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

Marques W. Brown Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Philip Andrew Himebook Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Jordan Nichols Hairspray Playhouse on the Square


DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Scott Ferguson Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Dave Landis Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Gary John La Rosa Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Cecelia Wingate Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Monty Python’s Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
The Music Man Theatre Memphis
Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jillian Barron As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Mary Buchignani Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Meredith Julian Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Ellen Saba The Miracle Worker Germantown Community Theatre
Christina Wellford Scott The Diary of Anne Frank Playhouse on the Square

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Stephen Garrett Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Michael Gravois Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Stephen Huff As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Kinon Keplinger The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
John Maness Grace The Circuit Playhouse
The 2014 Ostrander Awards will be presented Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.


LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jillian Barron Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Jessica Johnson The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Karen Mason Riss 4,000 Miles POTS@TheWorks
Christina Wellford Scott The Royal Family Theatre Memphis
Lena Wallace The Miracle Worker Germantown Community Theatre

LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Gabe Beutel-Gunn The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Jerry Chipman Other Desert Cities The Circuit Playhouse
Tony Isbell Red The Circuit Playhouse
Stuart Turner Boeing Boeing Germantown Community Theatre
S.A. Weakley Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

SMALL ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 7 or fewer)
Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Red The Circuit Playhouse
The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

LARGE ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 8 or more)
As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Les Misérables Playhouse on the Square
Monty Python’s Spamalot Playhouse on the Square
Seven Guitars Hattiloo Theatre
Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis

Haint at TheatreWorks
  • "Haint" at TheatreWorks


FEATURED/CAMEO ROLE
Jonathan Christian Hairspray Playhouse on the Square
Barry Fuller Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
James Dale Green Young Frankenstein Theatre Memphis
Jo Lynne Palmer Harvey Theatre Memphis
Kim Sanders Hairspray Playhouse on the Square


DIRECTION OF A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Jerry Chipman The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Stephen Hancock Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Jo Lenhart As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

Young Frankenstein at Theatre Memphis
  • "Young Frankenstein" at Theatre Memphis

BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
As You Like It Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Clybourne Park Playhouse on the Square
Proof Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
The Submission Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD
Sameka Johnson Hattiloo Theatre
Cathy and Harold Richardson Theatre Memphis
Andy Saunders Germantown Community Theatre
Katharine Stubblefield Playhouse on the Square
Mystie-Elizabthe Michelle Watson New Moon Theatre Company


THE EUGART YERIAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
John Rone

John Rone (RIGHT) accepts an Ostrander Award with the cast of Pride & Prejudice
  • John Rone (RIGHT) accepts an Ostrander Award with the cast of "Pride & Prejudice"

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lil Buck's New York Times Close Up

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

New Ballet Director, Katie Smythe, with Lil Buck (center) and dancers MK Thinnes and CWebster on the Promenade at New York State Theater after Lil Bucks world premiere with famous Parisian photographer and social advocate, JR.
  • New Ballet Director, Katie Smythe, with Lil Buck (center) and dancers MK Thinnes and CWebster on the Promenade at New York State Theater after Lil Buck's world premiere with famous Parisian photographer and social advocate, JR.

Memphis' own Lil Buck is just about the hottest thing in dance these days. The New York Times has noticed.

At 26, Lil Buck, born Charles Riley, has already carved out a niche that almost no other dancer can fill, bouncing from music videos (that’s him, slo-mo spinning through Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope”) to a Super Bowl halftime show (2012, with Madonna) to Lincoln Center, where in April he was a star soloist in the debut of a ballet by the French artist JR. He introduced mainstream audiences to jookin, a style of street dance born in his hometown, Memphis, whose intricate freestyle footwork has captivated critics.

Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Coming Soon: Stacey Campfield: THE MUSICAL!!!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Theres a place for us... Somewhere
  • "There's a place for us... Somewhere"
This is the best news I've heard in a long time.

According to reports from Nashville, Sen. Stacey Campfield, the man recently honored as "Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year," is getting his own musical!

From The Tennessean:

A local theater group, Music City Theatre Company, is planning an "original political satirical show" around one of the state's most outspoken Republican lawmakers. "Casey Stampfield: The Musical" debuts June 27 at Vibe Entertainment Complex on Church Street and runs through July 12, with a special performance on primary day, Aug. 7. Tickets are $9.99.

I'm sure everybody will leave the theater singing, "It Was One Guy Screwing a Monkey," and "Don't Say Gay," but I'm really looking forward to "Shuck & Jive," "Slow Train to Auschwitz," and the big Sex Week dance break.

Okay, so none of those songs are in the show, but here's one that is:

And you can hear all the rest here.

UPDATE: Okay, so apparently there are two, count them, two Stacey Campfield musicals. And that's just Stacey Campfield musicals that we know of. As it happens, the one I linked for sound clips— Stacey Campfield: The Musical— ISN'T the one being performed which is Casey Stampfield: The Musical. It's like a mirror held up to a looking glass reflected in a puddle— I can't tell which way is up.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spoken Words: The Tennessee Shakespeare Company introduces a pair of literary salons

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Bosco Hogan as Jonathan Harker in a 1977 TV adaptation of Count Dracula
  • Bosco Hogan as Jonathan Harker in a 1977 TV adaptation of "Count Dracula"

Tennessee Shakespeare builds on its Southern Exposure Series, and expands its opportunities for fans of world literature with a pair of literary Salons.

Here are the details:

"Of Ireland Born" features legendary Irish star of stage and screen Bosco Hogan reading from Yeats, Synge, O’Connor, and more on June 10 at Memphis’ Authentic Irish Pub The Brass Door downtown. Mr. Hogan is the star of such recent series and films as "The Tudors," "The Borgias," and "In the Name of the Father." The evening also features the live, traditional Irish music of Robert Johnson and John Albertson.

Mark Twain at Twilight on July 22 features Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer and ardent Twain fan Pete Pranica in a delightfully witty evening of American humor. Hosted by Milton T. Schaeffer in and around his luxurious Germantown residence recently featured in Memphis Magazine, the evening is also enlivened by live ragtime music.

Tickets are $55 per event, or $100 for both

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

High School Musical Award Nominations, 2014

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Spamalot at Memphis University School
  • "Spamalot" at Memphis University School

The Orpheum Theatre has announced nominees for the 2014 High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The award ceremony takes place Monday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. Over 200 students will perform on the Orpheum stage and the winners in the Lead Actor and Actress categories will travel to New York to compete nationally in the Jimmy Awards.


Outstanding Chorus
The Sound of Music, Briarcrest Christian School
Urinetown, Cordova High School
Hairspray, Germantown High School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
West Side Story, St. Benedict at Auburndale
Curtains, Lausanne Collegiate School

Outstanding Small Ensemble
The Office Staff in Cordova High School’s Urinetown
The Knights in Memphis University School’s Spamalot
The Cowboy Chorus in Northpoint Christian School’s
Annie Get Your Gun
Three Blind Mice in Ridgeway High School’s Shrek the Musical
The Jets in St. Benedict at Auburndale's West Side Story
The Bottle Dancers in Tipton-Rosemark Academy's
Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Student Orchestra
South Pacific, Collierville High School
Urinetown, Cordova High School
Hairspray, Germantown High School
110 in the Shade, Overton High School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, St. George’s Independent School

Outstanding Music Direction
Jason Bell, Cordova High School’s, Urinetown
Stephen Womack, Evangelical Christian School’s Into the Woods
Steve Danielson, Germantown High School’s Hairspray
Cynthia Romoff, Lausanne Collegiate School’s Curtains
Patti House, Northpoint Christian School’s Annie Get Your Gun
Jordan Wells, St. Benedict at Auburndale’s West Side Story

Outstanding Dance Execution
Urinetown, Cordova High School
Hairspray, Germantown High School
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Horn Lake High School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Chrtistian School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
West Side Story, St. Benedict at Auburndale

Outstanding Featured Dancer
Chad Baker in Germantown High School’s Hairspray
Abigail Clements in Horn Lake High School’s
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Margaret Shaul in Memphis University School’s Spamalot
McKenzie Brower in Tipton-Rosemark Academy’s
Fiddler on the Roof
Josh Oliver in White Station High School’s Hairspray
Gary Gwynn in Whitehaven High School’s High School Musical

Outstanding Production Number
“The Cop Song” in Arlington High School’s Urinetown
“Run Freedom Run” in Cordova High School’s Urinetown
“That a Way” in Lausanne’s Curtains
“Day by Day” in Millington Central High School’s Godspell
“Gee Officer Krupke” in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s
West Side Story
“Teyve's Dream” in Tipton-Rosemark Academy’s
Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Hair and Makeup
Into the Woods, Evangelical Christian School
Hairspray, Germantown High School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
The Wiz, St. Agnes Academy
Curtains, Lausanne Collegiate School

Outstanding Costumes
Alice in Wonderland, Jr, Corinth High School
Into the Woods, Evangelical Christian School
Hairspray, Germantown High School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
The Wiz, St. Agnes Academy

Outstanding Set Design
Little Shop of Horrors, Bartlett High School
Into the Woods, Evangelical Christian School
Seussical the Musical, Hutchison School
Spamalot, Memphis University School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
Fiddler on the Roof, Tipton Rosemark Academy

Outstanding Artistic Element
The Plant/Puppetry in Little Shop of Horrors, Harding Academy
The Cartoon Scenery, in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Horn Lake High School
The Shootout in Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
The Sun/Moon Set in 110 in the Shade, Overton High School
The Pumpkin Carriage in Cinderella, St. Mary's Episcopal School
The Carriage in The Slipper and the Rose, Wynne High School

Outstanding Production Materials
Little Shop of Horrors, Bartlett High School
Beauty and the Beast, Bolton High School
Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Corinth High School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
The Wiz, St. Agnes Academy
Fiddler on the Roof, Tipton-Rosemark Academy

Outstanding Front of House
Urinetown, Arlington High School
Alice in Wonderland Jr., Corinth High School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
The Wiz, St. Agnes Academy
Fiddler on the Roof, Tipton-Rosemark Academy
The Slipper and the Rose, Wynne High School


Student Technical Achievement Award
Brandon Lau, Germantown High School
Nicolas Kleiderer, Northpoint Christian School
Kevin Rotzoll, St. Benedict at Auburndale
Sydney Valadie, St. Benedict at Auburndale
Joshua Joiner, Whitehaven High School

Student Creative Achievement Award
Bridgett Church, Bartlett High School
Summer Dawn Torian, Horn Lake High School
Maria Herrera, Germantown High School
Douglas McClew, Memphis University School
Catie Blackwood, St. Benedict at Auburndale

Outstanding Comedic Duo/Trio
Officer Lockstock & Sally, Urinetown, Arlington High School
Bloody Mary and Luther Billis, South Pacific, Collierville High School
Officer Lockstock & Sally, Urinetown, Cordova High School
Edna & Wilbur Turnblad, Hairspray Germantown High School
Arthur and Patsy, Spamalot, Memphis University School
Mrs. Meers, Ching Ho & Bun Foo, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Southside High School

Outstanding Featured Actress
Tamlyn Sampson as Penelope Pennywise in Cordova High School’s Urinetown
DeShara Edwards as Dragon in Ridgeway High School’s
Shrek the Musical
Micah Oxner as The Messenger in St. Agnes Academy’s The Wiz
Maddie Arnold as Anybodys in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s West Side Story
Sutton Hewitt as Logainne in St. George’s Independent School’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Olivia Bernabe as The Queen in St. Mary Episcopal School’s Cinderella

Outstanding Featured Actor
Daniel Moore as Cogsworth in Bolton's Beauty and the Beast
Josh Vega as Lumiere in Bolton's Beauty and the Beast
Chase Wyatt as Brother Maynard in Memphis University School's Spamalot
Augie Van Deveer as Robin in Memphis University School's Spamalot
Jordan Moye as Chief Sitting Bull in Northpoint Christian School's Annie Get Your Gun
Robert Grissom as Leaf Coneybear in St. George’s Independent School’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Lexi Jenne as Jack's Mother in Evangelical Christian School's Into the Woods
Katherine Sterling as Little Red in Evangelical Christian School's Into the Woods
India Ratliff as Motormouth Maybelle in Germantown High School’s Hairspray
Erica Penninger as Penny Pingleton in Hernando High School’s Hairspray
Gabrielle Willingham as The Wiz in St. Agnes Academy’s
The Wiz
Reva Obenchain as Hodel in Tipton-Rosemark's
Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Jeffrey Haddock as Officer Lockstock in Arlington High School’s Urinetown
Nautica Beauregard as Officer Lockstock in Cordova High School’s Urinetown
Baker Ball as Sir Galahad in Memphis University School’s Spamalot
Robert Dockery as Jimmy in Overton High School’s
110 in the Shade
Greer Harkness as Donkey in Ridgeway High School’s
Shrek the Musical
Kyle Van Frank as Action in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s
West Side Story

Outstanding Direction by a Teacher
Chris Luter, Urinetown, Cordova High School
Rene Cave, Into the Woods, Evangelical Christian School
Tim Greer, Spamalot, Memphis University School
Julie Reinbold, Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
Ryan Kathman, West Side Story, St. Benedict at Auburndale
Marques Brown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, St. George's Independent School

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role
Bethany Beckham as The Witch in Evangelical Christian School's Into the Woods
Jada Tate as Georgia Hendricks in Lausanne Collegiate School's Curtains
Logan Martin as Annie Oakley in Northpoint Christian School’s Annie Get Your Gun
Cedricka Simpkins as Lizzy in Overton High School’s
110 in the Shade
Mariatu Okonofua as Fiona in Ridgeway High School’s
Shrek the Musical
Arielle Labilles as Anita in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s
West Side Story

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
Jose Alpizar as Emile Debeque in Collierville High School’s South Pacific
Phillip Bond as Bobby Strong in Cordova High School’s Urinetown
Joshua Smith as The Baker in Evangelical Christian School's
Into the Woods
Maclean Mayers as Edna Turnblad in Germantown High School’s Hairspray
Paul Stevenson as King Arthur in Memphis University School's Spamalot
Ontario McGregor as Shrek in Ridgeway High School’s
Shrek the Musical

Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater
Into the Woods, Evangelical Christian School
Hairspray , Germantown High School
Spamalot, Memphis University School
Annie Get Your Gun, Northpoint Christian School
Shrek the Musical, Ridgeway High School
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
St. George's Independent School

Outstanding Overall Production
Cordova High School's Urinetown
Evangelical Christian School's Into the Woods
Germantown High School's Hairspray
Memphis University School's Spamalot
Northpoint Christian School's Annie Get Your Gun
St. Benedict at Auburndale's West Side Story

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Theatre Memphis Announces 2014-15 Season

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

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The Addams Family
by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa
August 22 — September 14, 2014

Creepy, kooky, mysterious... yadda, yadda, yadda.

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The Heiress
by Ruth and Augustus Goetz
October 17 — November 2, 2014

The live action version of Washington Square: A plain-featured woman is played for her inheritance. Then she plays back.

Who will play Barry Fuller in this years Christmas Carol?
  • Who will play Barry Fuller in this year's Christmas Carol?

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
December 5 — 23, 2014

In case you might have missed the last 36 productions.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
January 23 — February 8, 2015

George and Lennie look for opportunity during the Great Depression. Steinbeck at his best.


The Boy from Oz
by Marin Sherman and Nick Enright
March 6 — 29, 2015

A jukebox musical built around the music of "I Honestly Love You" songwriter Peter Allen.

The Philadelphia Story
by Phillip Barry
April 24 — May 10, 2015

A socialite's wedding plans take a turn toward trouble when her ex-husband and a hunky journalist pop in.

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Anything Goes
by Cole Porter, Guy Bolton, P.G, Woodhouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
June 5 — 28, 2015

Romance gets complicated aboard the S.S. American, in this ever-popular musical featuring standards like "I Get a Kick out of You," and "De-Lovely," and, of course, the title track.


Shows on TM's Next Stage

The Member of the Wedding
by Carson McCullers
September 19 — October 5, 2014

The story of "Frankie Addams," an "unjoined person" who dreams of leaving her small southern town.

Tintypes
by Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle
November 7 — 22, 2014
January 8 — 18, 2015

A tuneful romp through the history of early 20th-Century America.

Copenhagen
by Michael Frayn
February 13 — March 1, 2015

In 1941 two of the worlds greatest physicists visited with one another in spite of being on opposite sides of WWII. This is what might have happened when Niels Bohr dropped in on Werner Heisenberg although what actually happened is shrouded in uncertainty.

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Rapture, Blister, Burn
by Gina Gionfriddo
April 3 — 19, 2014

Can you really have it all? A smart, funny look at American feminism in the 21st-Century.

The 2014-15 Season for the New Hattiloo

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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The Hattiloo moves into its new Overton Square theater in July. Here's what we can look forward to .

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
July 18 — August 3, 2014


Shakespeare with a Calypso heart. A peasant girl loves a wealthy boy. Trouble brews.

What happens on the island stays on the island.
  • What happens on the island stays on the island.

STICK FLY
Written by Lydia R. Diamond
August 21 — September 14, 2014

An affluent African-American family spends a weekend at Martha's Vineyard in this play about race, class and family ties.

THE CONVERT
Written by Danai Gurira
October 2 — 26, 2014


In 1895 Zimbabwe, Jekesai escapes a forced marriage to the home of an African Roman Catholic. Christian faith finds itself at odds with tribal traditions.

TC Sharpe as Eb Scroo
  • TC Sharpe as Eb Scroo


THE REVISED…
IF SCROOGE WAS A BROTHER
Written by Ekundayo Bandele
November 28 — December 21, 2014


Eb Scroo, a successful African American businessman who doesn't like white people, black people, or Christmas. An old story with a new twist.

Katori Hall at the Circuit Playhouse
  • Katori Hall at the Circuit Playhouse


HOODOO LOVE
Written by Katori Hall
January 15 — February 15, 2015


A Blues Musical by Memphis-born playwright Katori Hall.

KING HEDLEY II
Written by August Wilson
March 19 — April 12, 2015


An ex-con sells stolen refrigerators so that he can one-day buy a video store.


PURLIE VICTORIOUS
Written by Ossie Davis
April 23 — May 24, 2015

A self-ordained minister, returns to rural Georgia to claim his inheritance and right some old wrongs.

SIMPLY SIMONE
Created by Robert Neblett and David Grapes
All music and vocal arrangements by Vince diMura
June 4 — 28, 2015

A review inspired by the life and legacy of Nina Simone.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Memphis Loses a Unique Artistic Voice: RIP Randy Wayne Youngblood

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Randy Wayne Youngblood
  • Randy Wayne Youngblood
There are few sounds that have rattled my bones like the sound of metal dog tags falling to the ground and piling up. And there are few lines that have gutted me like the frequently repeated refrain, "I had to put the flag in the washing machine to get all the dirt out of it." These sounds have lingered, haunting me since I first sat in on Goodtime Speech, a play by Memphis poet Randy Wayne Youngblood. It's a benchmark against which I measure theatrical gestures of a political nature.

Although I was personally against the United States' military action in Iraq I disliked so much of the art that sprang up as a response. It was too shrill, redundant, and for the most part impotent if not outright counterproductive: Not so much preaching to the choir as angrily punching it in the face with platitudes. Not so with Goodtime Speech, which, by the show's end proved to be more heartbroken and lost than angry. It was emotionally direct, and disarmingly funny in its depiction of a topsy turvy world where up is down and patriotic songs fill the void created by death. It was easily the most powerful piece of anti-war theater I encountered during the Bush/Cheney presidency, and I attended some of the period's largest, and most creative demonstrations.

This was a clear-eyed vision. During a time of grief and conspiracy, this was a voice of sanity.

Randy Wayne Youngblood, who died in January at age 56 was diagnosed with Paranoid-Schizophrenia in 1984. Youngblood, a music enthusiast who once toured as a roadie for the band Yes, co-founded Memphis' Our Own Voice Theatre Company, and never let his obstacles prevent him from making amazing art. OOVC staged several plays written by Youngblood including The Wizard of Hope, Computrix's Landing Affair (For Everybody), and Radio Refinement. The company also collaborated with area musicians to stage Supergroups A+, a stunning rock opera that climaxed with girl group harmonies singing, "Don't ever put me in a box," desperate, and defiant words from a writer who knew what he was talking about.

A memorial gathering for Youngblood had will take place at TheatreWorks Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.

From OOV:

Randy's family will be in attendance and anyone is invited to come and honor the life and creativity of this unique theatre artist. Members of Our Own Voice will be sharing stories and contributing performance pieces for this special day. These are the performances that have been confirmed so far. Bill Baker & Virginia Reed Murphy will be facilitating a section from Boxing Unformed, Zak Baker & Jake Fly will offer music from Broadminded Mental Brains, and Kimberly Baker & Alex Skitolsky are collaborating to bring a new work of Randy's to life called Attorney Joker Part Sign. We hope you will join us for this special day at the theatre where Randy made his home on the stage.

Truly, a life worth celebrating.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"The Warriors": Rhodes Remembers the 1998 West Side Playground Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Warriors creators Mary Hollis Inboden and Evan Linder
  • "The Warriors" creators Mary Hollis Inboden and Evan Linder


Some things take a while to process. In 2010 the founding artists of Chicago's New Colony theater company were planning their third season when Memphis actor Mary Hollis Inboden blurted out something that not everybody in the room understood.

"I think I might want to do something about West Side," said Inboden, who grew up in Jonesboro but attended the U of M and appeared in numerous Memphis productions including Talking With at TheatreWorks and Anton in Show Business at Circuit Playhouse.

Playhouse on the Square alum and New Colony playwright Evan Linder was a close friend of Inboden's though and knew right away what she meant. He hadn't lived through the terror in the same way she had but having been a junior high school student in the Memphis suburbs he remembered the West Side playground shooting which occurred March 24, 1998.

"At 26, I was ready to talk about the shooting at West Side Middle School and I knew I couldn't do it by myself," Inboden explained in a 2013 interview with the Flyer prior to The Warriors Memphis premiere. "I needed the talent family of The New Colony and the blessing from my childhood friends from the playground that day."

24 of the 35 survivors responded to Inboden with approval and current details about their daily lives as adults, survivors, and parents with their own children to protect. Those details formed the foundation of The Warriors, which is currently being produced by the McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College.

"Evan and I had two rules we followed diligently," Inboden says. "The Warriors would not sensationalize the shooting on my playground and it would not be a story of the actual shooting. In following these rules we created a gentle story of survival, what it means to experience childhood trauma and move forward."

Rhodes revival of "The Warriors," directed by Julia "Cookie" Ewing and Kevin Collier, and performed January 31, and Feb 1 at 7:30 p.m. is a collaborative effort giving the Theatre, Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology departments a common cause. In addition to performances there will be a talkback and lecture. Check below the fold for details.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wicked Good: The Orpheum announces a $25 ticket lottery for "Wicked" fans

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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The Orpheum has announced a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats for each performance of WICKED, which runs January 29-February 16. There are, of course, some rules:

Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Orpheum Theatre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

Ghosts of Crosstown, an original opera with libretto by Jerre Dye, previews at Crosstown Arts

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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If you're looking for something nifty to do Friday night look no further. Last year, prior to the launch of Opera Memphis' new Midtown Opera Festival, OM's General Director Ned Canty announced an ambitious plan to create a new, Memphis-specific work for production in the festival's second year. Tomorrow night the opera-curious can visit Crosstown Arts to take in a free workshop performance of Ghosts of Crosstown, a cycle of 5 short operas inspired by the 1927 Art Deco architecture of the Sears Crosstown Building and by the ordinary lives of the people who worked and shopped there.


The libretti for Ghosts of Crosstown have all been created by Jerre Dye the longtime artistic director and playwright in residence for Voices of the South. Composers include Anthony Davis, Kamran Ince, Nathaniel Stookey, Jack Perla and Zach Redler with Maestro Steven Osgood of the Metropolitan Opera heading up the creative team.

"There is another Memphian involved as well," says Canty. "Kamran Ince, who teaches at U of M."

Ince's piece, "Abandoned," is sung by the Sears building itself, alone at night, pleading with the sun to return. Canty describes the emotional impact of the work as "crushing."

Other works include "Yvonne," a piece set in the 1950's is about a woman whose love of order is upset by a colleague's crisis; "Jack," about a girl who breaks into the building to drink with her friends and "Moving Up in the World," about an African American elevator operator telling his replacement how to cope with the job.

Details, here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Playhouse on the Square Announces its Second NewWorks Competition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Calling all aspiring playwrights! Playhouse on the Square is accepting scripts for the Second Annual “NewWorks@TheWorks” Competition. POTS will stage the six readings and two full productions at TheatreWorks as a part of its 2015-16 season.

Along with the fully mounted productions the two top playwrights will be awarded $500 and be flown to Memphis to participate in staging and development.

The Guidelines:

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