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Tuesday Literary Salons

Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby

March 24, 2015

sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp



TSC’s Southern Exposure Series features a fun-filled literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm, including writer-specific libations, light fare (including cajun pork sliders, red beans & rice, and rumballs), live cajun string music by Robert Johnson and John Albertson, and 30 minutes of the words of one of the South’s influential writers in a private, luxurious Memphis home.

Actors who will read selections from Chopin's work include Kim Justis, Lorraine Cotten, and Christina Wellford-Scott.

Pioneering author Kate Chopin is featured on March 24, 2015, in Louisiana Lullaby.  Accompanied by the music of New Orleans and the bayous, the words from her prolific short story career in Louisiana in the late 19th Century set the mood for selections from her most explosively famous novel, The Awakening.  Though considered a forerunner of the feminist movement in literature, her seminal work was not fully appreciated until well after her death.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and appetizers.



Sixth Annual Valentine’s Gala

poster-gala-2015A Party to Celebrate the Season of Love

Duncan-Williams Performance Hall at
Germantown Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Sponsored by:
Nancy and Dan Copp
Stephen and Alicia Davis
John Paul (Jack) and Sandra Jones
Milton T. Schaeffer
Jeannie and Owen Tabor, Jr.
Deborah Dunklin Tipton


It's a delicious dinner buffet with cocktails.  It's a unique silent auction.  It's a gleeful, rapid-fire-fast, live auction that will take your breath away.  It's a Broadway performance.  It's a wild selection of delectable desserts.  It's an opportunity to support a remarkable Education Program and to share the love with tens of thousands of students. 

It's a party like no other.

It's where you want to spend Valentine's Day.


Celebrate with your love.  Celebrate with your friends.


10-Ticket Sponsorship Packages are now available by calling Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine at (901) 759-0620.

Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education

poster-gala-2015(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.

Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.

Rebecca Luker’s soaring voice has thrilled Broadway audiences for years. She has been nominated for Tony Awards for originating the role of Winifred in Mary Poppins and for revivals of The Music Man and Showboat. Ms. Luker originated the role of Lily in The Secret Garden, starred opposite Antonio Banderas in Nine, and has sparkled in numerous hit Broadway productions with her portrayals of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.

Just this past month, Ms. Luker received glowing reviews for her work in the rumored-to-be-Broadway-bound musical, The Little Dancer.

"If you've been wondering who, if anyone, might be the heir to the great Barbara Cook, Ms. Luker . . . is the one." - The New York Times

Read more: Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine’s Gala for Education

pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fourth Year of Nationally-Recognized ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT

  • 27 Schools
  • 44 Performances
  • 342 Classroom Visits
  • 4,360 High School Freshmen

(January 15, 2015) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company has begun its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency The Romeo and Juliet Project in the Memphis area this week, starting with Germantown High School and all of its 530 Freshmen.

The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school. Students are guided by the actors to live the play's urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating Freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict. The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools. At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project. That figure represents 34% of all Freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students' compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

Read more: TSC Kicks Off Fourth Year of Nationally-Recognized Romeo and Juliet Project

The Holidays are just FABULOUS  

Tracie Thomason (Olivia) and Carey Urban (Cessario/Viola).  Photo: Joey Miller.
Tracie Thomason (Olivia) and Carey Urban
(Cessario/Viola). Photo: Joey Miller.

Deck the Music Hall
with Shakespeare's Midnight Madness:
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Inspired by both titles of William Shakespeare's popular, musical comedy, Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, continues its seventh season of plays with a turn-of-the-century musical hall production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will.

Coming off the company's record-breaking production of Richard III over Halloween,Twelfth Night will run December 11-21 in the Dixon's Winegardner Auditorium to celebrate all the seasonal holidays during our Winter Solstice.                                                                                 

The production is sponsored by Pat and Ernest Kelly.

Directed by TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary (Richard in Richard III), Twelfth Night features more than the usual cross-dressing, music, and songs in Shakespeare's play. The close-quartered Dixon space invites a celebratory party atmosphere reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge. 

Read more: The Holidays Are Just Fabulous