Our Past Productions
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the
Elegant, Comic Romance of
Much Ado About Nothing
December 8-18 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Tickets are on sale now for William Shakespeare’s elegant romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing from December 8-18, directed by founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary.
Played inside Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Winegardner Auditorium in East Memphis, Much Ado About Nothing continues TSC’s ninth season following its critically-acclaimed, popular production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Hutchison School.
The production’s Title Sponsors are Pat, Ernest, Martha, and Marian Kelly.
Tickets for the Preview performance on December 8 are only $16. Regularly-priced tickets for all other performances are $34. The December 8 and 15 performances are Free Will Kids’ Nights: Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. The Free Will Kids' tickets cannot be purchased online and are only accessible by calling the Box Office at 901-759-0604. Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance. Tickets for Opening Night on December 9 include a complimentary post-show reception and toast with the actors. Performances are general admission; first-come/first-seated.
The professional cast of nine actors, each of whom will be doubling in the show, include returning favorites Tony Molina, Jr. (To Kill a Mockingbird, Macbeth) as Benedick and Watch #2, Carey Urban (Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet) as Beatrice and Conrade, Phil Darius Wallace (Henry V, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew) as Don Pedro and Watch #3, and Michael Khanlarian (To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night) as Leonato and Watch #4.
New to TSC this season are Marquis Archuleta (Borachio/Balthasar/Friar) and Nathan Snow (Claudio/Sexton) from Montana, Cally Shine (Hero/Verges) from Washington, Brian Russell (Dogberry/Don John) from Nashville, and Jillian Barron (Margaret/Watch #1) from Memphis.
The design team consists of TSC veterans, including lighting designer Jeremy Fisher, scenic designer Brian Ruggaber, costume designer Ashley Selberg, and associate lighting designer Kristen Reding. The production stage manager is Melissa A. Nathan, and the assistant stage manager is Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough.
TSC’s production, featuring the merry war of love between Benedick and Beatrice, is inspired by the coastal, breezy port town of Messina and the permanent Impressionist collection in Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Messina’s marbleized architecture and curving silhouettes form the foreground of a Messina in nighttime firework-laden celebration as imagined by Vincent van Gogh.
The evening celebrates, in true Italian wedding style, the decorative holiday season. The actors, as masked revelers, perform the play in their formal eveningwear and double into their second roles with holiday masks for the occasion.
Gala Sponsorship Packages 2017
|Sierra Boggess as Broadway’s original Ariel
in The Little Mermaid.
|2016 Gala guests feast backstage on fine conversation
and a winning buffet. Photo: 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,
Sponsored by TSC's Board of Directors
Germantown Performing Arts Center
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:
PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR ($5,000)
- 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.
GOLD SPONSOR ($2,500)
- 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.
SILVER SPONSOR ($1,500)
- 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 tickets and specially priced couple packages are now on sale at www.tnshakespeare.org.
The Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala
featuring Broadway’s Original Little Mermaid:
Friday, March 10, 2017
Platinum and Gold Sponsors (and their guests) arrive for early check-in. Cocktails served.
Check-in, Cocktails, and Dinner Buffet are open to all guests.
The festivities begin! Place your bids in a series of fun events: our fast-paced Restaurant Frenzy returns this year to join our Live Auction featuring multiple exciting packages that you won't want to miss!
Broadway’s gorgeous soprano Sierra Boggess takes the stage for a magical, intimate performance.
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.
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”
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
The Eighth Annual
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
It's a delicious dinner buffet 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 and Bronze Couple 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.
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Dan McCleary is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew. He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus. He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, as well as Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre. Dan is a published poet, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan is the proud dad of six-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
E. Frank Bluestein
E. Frank Bluestein is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Frank as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Frank is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. Each summer he assumes the role of managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's “Who's Who in Memphis” poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
At Germantown High School, which he retired from in 2013, Frank served as the chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department. He was the founder and director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as executive producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility. In 1984 he helped the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the Rockefeller Brothers Fun Arts in Education Award. Under Frank's leadership, Germantown Community Television received over 125 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named ten times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. The station has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Frank also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 28 regional first-place student Emmy awards. He has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend, Joyce Cobb. He is a frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues.
General Manager, Education Director, & Gala Coordinator
Stephanie Shine is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll and Shakespeare Said It!. Onstage, she performed the female role in Unto the Breach and appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Ms. Shine serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons. She will direct TSC's upcoming A Midsummer Night's Dream playing at the University of Memphis in June 2015.
From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, Ms. Shine was the Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company. For SSC, she directed 17 productions including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde and several new works for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre. Her production of I am of Ireland opened Book-It's 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014.
As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others.
Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V.
Ms. Shine is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.
Company and Box Office Manager
Laura Daniels comes to TSC with over ten years of office management experience. She received her BA in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. In her spare time Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading. She is married and the mother of one son and several fur babies.
Education and Community Relations Manager
Peter Ambrose is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, receiving his M.S. in paleontology from Loma Linda University. He worked for the National Park Service and USDA Forest Service until his retirement. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Peter began a satisfying performance and directing career, appearing in film, television, and regional theatre. He co-founded and was Artistic Director of the Sweetwater Shakespeare Company, a non-profit troupe dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in outdoor venues in western Colorado. Peter has written for professional journals, magazines, and textbooks.
Nancy Wright has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.