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Sierra Boggess, Broadway’s Original Little Mermaid, to Headline Eighth Annual Gala

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Broadway’s critically-acclaimed, soaring soprano Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) will headline its Eighth Annual Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on March 10 at 6:00 pm.

Ms. Boggess will perform her one-hour show, Awakening, as the Gala centerpiece on stage at GPAC.  She will sing from her own Broadway and West End shows, as well as songs from other award-winning musicals.

The Gala benefits TSC’s innovative Education Program.

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.”  She played the role in the Broadway, West End, and the televised 25th Anniversary concert productions of Phantom filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall (available 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 the revival of Master Class starring Tyne Daly, 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.

TSC’s Gala offers Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits) each for 10 guests.  Sponsorships and more information are available by calling TSC’s Stephanie Shine today at 901-759-0604.  Purchase Bronze Single ($175) and Bronze Couple ($325) tickets on-line at www.tnshakespeare.org.  All sponsorships include a tax-deductible gift to TSC.  Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received.

The evening includes a lavish buffet dinner and cocktails, TSC’s singular live auction, and a post-show dessert reception where you get to meet Ms. Boggess and have photos taken with her.  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.

TSC Platinum and Gold sponsors of the Gala, to date, include Pat and Thane Smith, Margaret Askew and Patrick Foley, E. Frank and Brenda Bluestein, Anne Connell, Nancy Copp, Blanche and Mike Deaderick, C. Cato Ealy, Mary and Rob Engel, Elizabeth and Thomas Farrar, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Dorothy O. Kirsch, Melia and Drew Murphy, Sara Savell, and Margaret and Owen Tabor.

Join Us for the First Southern Literary Salon of the Season:
Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth
January 27

pic eudoraWe return to our popular Southern Literary Salon for a look at the ever-changing vision of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, life-long daughter of Jackson, Mississippi.

Please join us for Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth at Nancy Copp’s hidden though welcoming Germantown home on Friday, January 27 from 6:00-8:00pm. 

The evening features fun Southern food, conversation, thirty minutes or so of readings from Welty’s works, and a mixed spirit of the author’s liking.  Tickets for the Welty Salon only are $55 and include all of the above.  Tickets for the Welty and Flannery O’Connor Salon (April 21), when purchased together, are only $100 (a savings of $10).

Curated and read by TSC artist Stephanie Shine, assisted by actors Dan McCleary, Jillian Barron, and Marquis Archuleta, Mississippi Myth will employ text from among Welty’s works, likely including her short stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and the novels The Ponder Heart and award-winning The Optimist’s Daughter.

Welty (1909-2011) described writing fiction as “a personal act of vision.”  She was widely popular as a writer and photographer from her lifelong home in Jackson, though her literary home seemed to be nestled in experimentation.  Her vast skill-set ranged from comedy to tragedy, realistic to surreal, fiction to biography, fairy tale to history.  Welty was recognized for her work with 40 major literary awards, 38 honorary doctorate degrees, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

“It had been startling and disappointing to me,” wrote Welty, “to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.  Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.  Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”

Read more: Join Us for Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth

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

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 ($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.

Gala Sponsorship Packages 2017

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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,
SIERRA BOGGESS
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)

Benefits:

  • 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)

Benefits:

  • 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)

Benefits:

  • 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.

 

Dan McClearyDan McCleary

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 FeastUnto the BreachThe 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 NightHamletThe TempestMacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius CaesarOthelloComplete 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 & VirginiaMy 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 BluesteinE. Frank Bluestein

Executive Director

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.

 

StephHeadshot resizedStephanie Shine

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 Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), 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, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend me thy Sword! Onstage, she performed the Countess in All's Well that Ends Well, the female role in Unto the Breach and 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.

Ms. Shine is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years.  For SSC, she directed and/or produced countless productions.  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 (which she also conceived and adapted) 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 additional Shakespearean 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 the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn.  She earned her BFA at the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is currently in pursuit of her MFA at the University of Memphis.  Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.

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Company and Box Office Manager

Laura Daniels is a native Memphian and 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.

 

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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.

 

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Nancy Wright

Bookkeeper

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.

 

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Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow                     

Marquis Dijon Archuleta is ecstatic to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time. He is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Psychology. A few credits include: Of Mice and Men (Crooks), Cyrano De Bergerac (Comte De Guiche), Pentecost (Antonio), Pippin (Louis) Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Peter). He thanks TSC for giving him this opportunity, and his friends, family, and professors for supporting him.

  

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Jillian Barron         

Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow                     

Jillian Barron is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.