Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 25, 2022
River & Rail Theatre Company: The Little Prince
September 23 - October 9: THE LITTLE PRINCE by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
In River & Rail Theatre Co.'s first-ever Theatre for Young Audiences production, we get to bring one of our favorite children's stories to life. When a world-weary aviator finds themself stranded in a strange new world, the friendship and guidance of a small child enables them to shed what is not useful and pay attention to the life and beauty before their eyes. The Little Prince takes on an imaginative and playful perspective, reminding us all what it is like to look at the world through children's eyes again. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727, www.riverandrailtheatre.com
Oak Ridge Playhouse: Hollywood, Nebraska
by Kenneth Jones
In the panhandle of Nebraska, two actresses of a certain age are returning to their dying hometown. Jane’s in from L.A. to check up on her ailing mother. Andrea’s back from New York to bury her father. Can childhood friends overcome past hurts to find hope in a place they thought they left behind? Fall in love with a hilarious, heartfelt, hopeful premiere of a new American comedy about small towns, big dreams and the power of coming home.
Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999, https://www.orplayhouse.com/
Knoxville Children's Theatre: Romeo & Juliet
The play will be performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.
production brings this classic play to life on stage for teens to better understand and appreciate the writing of William Shakespeare. After all Shakespeare’s works were meant to be performed and not just read.
Adapted especially for middle and high school students and one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is the story of an age-old vendetta between two powerful families (the Montagues and the Capulets) that erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, the women arrange for the couple to marry the next day, but Romeo’s attempt to halt a street fight leads to the death of Juliet’s own cousin, Tybalt, for which Romeo is banished.
The play is performed by twenty seven talented young actors from ages 10 to 17.
This show is directed by KCT Artistic Director Steve Sherman with student Assistant Director, Ava Bradshaw.
KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.
Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com
Clarence Brown Theatre: Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express
The Clarence Brown Theatre will open its 2022/2023 Season with Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, “Murder on the Orient Express,” running on the MainStage September 14th to October 2nd.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 865-974-5161 or online at https://clarencebrowntheatre.com/plays/murder-on-the-orient-express/. UT Faculty/Staff receive 15% off ticket prices. Students see the previews for FREE, the rest of the performances for $5, and Opening Night for $10.
The Pay What You Can Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, September 14. Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place following the Sunday, September 18 matinee. A Talk Back will take place Sunday, September 25 following the matinee. Deaf Night at the Theatre will take place Tuesday, September 27. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm.
Free and convenient parking is available in the Upper Parking of McClung Tower Garage (G2) on Volunteer Boulevard.
The production contains all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Christie’s novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by morning there is one less passenger. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed numerous times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – before he or she can strike again.
Clarence Brown Theatre / Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com
Morning Pointe Foundation’s Seniors Got Talent Auditions
On Nov. 14, 2022, ten talented senior adults will get the chance to shine as part of the 3rd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Knoxville variety show produced by the Morning Pointe Foundation in conjunction with Morning Pointe Senior Living at The Bijou Theatre.
Morning Pointe’s event seeks to showcase local senior talent and celebrate the young-at-heart. Auditions for Seniors Got Talent Franklin are happening now through Oct. 7 for in-person auditions or Oct. 14 for online auditions. Details – including locations, times and how to upload a video of a senior performance – can be found at www.morningpointefoundation.com/seniorsgottalent.
Participants are not required to be Morning Pointe residents; anyone 62 years young or older may apply. Acts showcasing talents of all kinds are welcome but should not exceed three minutes in length. Ten seniors or acts (including groups) will ultimately be selected to perform in the big show.
Only one act will take home the grand prize of $500. Second- and third-place winners will also receive awards, and Morning Pointe is introducing a brand-new People’s Choice Award. Show attendees will be able to vote for their favorite act at $1 per vote, with funds going to the Morning Pointe Foundation.
Tickets for the grand finale will be $25 and will go on sale in mid- to late-October.