Our Past Productions

The Southern Literary Salons


A literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, and at least 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers in a private, gracious home.  Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.


Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic  

April 21, 2017Flannery

Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy at their gracious Germantown home

“Give me the grace, dear God, to see the bareness and the misery of the places where You are not adored but desecrated,” the 20-year-old O’Connor writes in A Prayer Journal.  “Am I trying to shock with God?  Please don’t let me have to scrap the story because it turns out to mean more wrong than right…or any wrong.”  The author of Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Everything that Rises Must Converge, O’Connor spent most of her life in Savannah and Milledgeville, GA.  Her work is often described as birthing the Southern Gothic style.  “There is nothing harder than Christian realism…the reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.”

WeltyEudora Welty: Mississippi Myth

January 27, 2017

Hosted by Nancy Copp in her legendary Germantown home

She described writing fiction as “a personal act of vision.”  Eudora Welty (1900-2001) was widely popular as a writer and photographer from her lifelong home in Jackson, MS.  Welty was at literary home seemingly only in experimentation, her vast skill-set ranging from comedy to tragedy, realistic to surreal, fiction to biography, fairy tale to history – always in the South.  Her canon includes the short stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and the novels The Ponder Heart and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist’s Daughter.



Enroll Your Child Today in TSC’s
Fantastical SUMMER CAMPS at Hutchison School



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For girls and boys entering grades 7-12

It’s Halloween in June! Confront your fear! No, not of Shakespeare, but come face-to-face with the mysterious and fantastical characters - human and inhuman - that enliven Shakespeare’s greatest works. Campers will learn what it takes to make Shakespeare really scary. This two- week camp will conclude with a camper showcase of ghosts, monsters, and visions.

JUNE 12-23
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
COST: $500



For girls and boys entering grades JK-1

Explore the magical characters and incidents that populate A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Developing their characters and mastering Shakespeare through song, fairy games, and mask and costume making, campers will present their fantastic achievements in an end-of-camp showcase.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
COST: $200



For girls and boys entering grades 2-6

Meet and become one of Shakespeare’s clowns! Explore and master the physical and verbal comedy and scenes that occur in almost all of Shakespeare’s work. Whether you want to be sad, happy, bumbling, or pompous, Shakespeare has a part for you. Campers show off in an antic showcase at camp’s end.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
COST: $275­­­­


Download the Summer Camps Registration Form.




The Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala

Featuring Broadway’s Original Little Mermaid:
Sierra Boggess

Friday, March 10, 2017


5:30 PM
Platinum and Gold Sponsors (and their guests) arrive for early check-in. Cocktails served.

6:00 PM
Doors open. Check-in, Cocktails, Passed hors d'oeuvres, and Gourmet Tapas-Style Stations are open to all guests. Almost-Live Silent Auction opens for bids. Williams Wine-pull open. Drawing Tickets available for Broadway Weekend-for-two. 

7:00 PM
Almost-Live Silent Auction and Dinner Stations close. Guests are invited into the the theatre.

7:15 PM
The festivities begin!  Place your bids in a series of fun events: our fast-paced Restaurant Frenzy returns this year to join our Event Frenzy and Live Auction, featuring multiple exciting packages that you won't want to miss! Winner of the Broadway Weekend-for-two is selected. 

8:00 PM
15-minute intermission. Opportunity to refill beverages. Bars will close during the performance.

8:15 PM
Broadway’s soaring soprano Sierra Boggess takes the stage for a magical, intimate performance.

9:15 PM
Dessert Buffet is open to all guests in the Lobby. Platinum and Gold Sponsors enjoy a Champagne and Dessert Reception with our Broadway Star in the Black Box. 

Call (901) 759-0604 to reserve your tickets today or purchase Bronze Single/Bronze Couple Tickets online.


This Year's Tapas-Style Menu

Passed Hors d'oeuvres
Goat cheese tarts with sundried tomato and pine nut pesto
Pecan chicken bites
Caprese skewers with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a balsamic drizzle

Small Plate Station I 
Chef carved beef tenderloin
Served over boursin mashed potatoes with warm asparagus and tomato salad.
Garnished with won-ton crisp and drizzled with balsamic reduction.

Stuffed portobellos with fresh spinach, carrots, and parmesan. Served over mashed potatoes.

Small Plate Station II 
Gourmet garlic cheddar grits topped with spiced shrimp in tasso gravy.
Served with garlic cheddar biscuits.

Small Plate Station III 
Chicken Roulade stuffed with spinach, proscuitto, and cheese.
Served over herbed risotto with a rosemary garnish.
Homemade rolls

An assortment of mini sweets such as lemon bars, chocolate raspberry, blondies, and caramel apples


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Mother and Daughter are beautiful dates for the 2016 Gala.

Sierra Boggess as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new ‘Christine’ in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera

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You never know who might entertain you at TSC's Gala. The Commercial Appeal's Michael Donahue tickles the ivories to the delight of Gala guests.


TSC's Gala appeals to wide audiences.  There is fun for everyone!


Photos: Joey Miller




Gala Sponsorship Packages 2017


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Gala Drawing Ticket Winner 2017   Gala Bid Cards 2017

Images from 2017 Gala.  Photos: Joey Miller


The Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala:

Friday, March 10, 2017
at 6:00 pm
Featuring an intimate musical performance by Broadway’s original Ariel and new Christine in Phantom,
Germantown Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by TSC's Board of Directors, Jack and Sandra Jones, Milton T. Schaeffer, Pat and Thane Smith, Jeannie and Owen Tabor, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Camp Tabor, Jaguar Bluff City 


You will enjoy the best dinner buffet, the best Broadway entertainment, multiple open bars, the most fun live auction in the city, plus the knowledge that you are celebrating for a great cause.

Attire: Cocktail Comfortable to Semi-Formal.  You get to choose!

Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits; same prices as last year) for 10 guests are now available by calling TSC's Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine today at (901) 759-0620 or via email at Gala@TNShakespeare.org.

Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. Single tickets now on sale.

Choose from these Tiered options of 10-seat Packages:



  • Name recognition on Gala poster;
  • Best seats in the house;
  • Invitation to private, catered dinner party with Broadway Guest Artist on Thursday, March 9, 2017;
  • Plus all items listed with Gold Sponsorship, below.



  • Name recognition on Invitation;
  • 5:30 pm early access to the event;
  • Reserved dining table for 10;
  • Preferential seating in theatre;
  • Complimentary champagne, dessert, and photo opportunity in the Black Box Theatre during post-show reception with the Broadway Guest Artist;
  • Plus all items listed with Silver Sponsorship, below.



  • Lavish dinner buffet;
  • Dessert buffet; Name recognition in playbill;
  • 10 tickets to the event;
  • Preferential seating in GPAC theatre behind Gold Sponsors;
  • Access to open bar.
  • Gift to TSC's Education and Performance programming


Bronze single ($175) tickets and specially priced couple ($325) packages are now on sale at www.tnshakespeare.org.

The evening also includes the opportunity to enter and win the NYC Trip to Broadway for Two drawing (round-trip airfare, 3 days/2 nights in a Theatre District hotel, dinner at La Rivista, Broadway tickets) for a suggested donation of just $20.





The Eighth Annual

Shakespeare Gala

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featuring Broadway's Original Ariel in The Little Mermaid: SIERRA BOGGESS

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm
at Germantown Performing Arts Center
benefiting TSC's Education Program

Sponsored by TSC's Board of Directors, Jack and Sandra Jones, Milton T. Schaeffer, Pat and Thane Smith, Jeannie and Owen Tabor, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Camp Tabor, Jaguar Bluff City

It's a delicious tapas-style dinner with cocktails.  It's a gleeful, rapid-fire-fast, live auction.  It's a one-of-a-kind Broadway performance.  It's an exquisite selection of delectable desserts.  And it's an opportunity to support a remarkable Education and Performance Program and to share the love with tens of thousands of students.

Purchase your Platinum, Gold, or Silver Sponsorships soon to secure the best seats and enjoy all the benefits of being a 10-seat sponsor.

Please call (901) 759-0604 to purchase your seats or click here to purchase Bronze Single ($175) and Bronze Couple ($325) sponsorships online.  All sponsorships include a tax-deductible gift to TSC.

Sierra Boggess is best known world-wide for re-inventing the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.  Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber calls her “the best Christine certainly.”  Ms. Boggess played the role in the Broadway, West End, and the televised 25th Anniversary concert productions of Phantom filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall (on DVD).

She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, receiving Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, as well as the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance.  Her additional Broadway credits include Master Class, It Shoulda Been You, and School of Rock.

In the West End, Ms. Boggess appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables, and she originated the role of Christine in Love Never Dies, the critically-acclaimed sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, receiving an Olivier Award Nomination for her performance.

Her Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore and Music in the Air, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, for New York City Center’s Encores! Series.

She has appeared in numerous concerts, including I Love Musicals in Tokyo, Japan, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall with Nathan Lane, and The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center.  She has been featured on multiple cast recordings, and she has also released a solo album, Awakening.