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Celebrate the Holiday Season with the
Elegant, Comic Romance of
Much Ado About Nothing

December 8-18 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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Carey Urban as Beatrice and Tony Molina, Jr. as Benedick. Photo: Joey Miller.

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 may be purchased now by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 or online at www.tnshakespeare.org

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. 

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Much Ado About Nothing

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PURCHASE TICKETS

a holiday revel of comic romance
by William Shakespeare
directed by Dan McCleary

sponsored by Pat, Ernest, Martha, & Marian Kelly

performing at

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(4339 Park Avenue, Memphis 38117)

December 8-18

Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

 

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?”

Decked to delight in tuxedoes and gowns, these holiday revelers merry-make with one of the most popular comedies in the English language. 

Now returning from their victorious war in the trenches, the officers enter the Dixon armed only with cocktails.  The ladies they return to prove more of a challenge than that on the battlefield.  World-weary Benedick and gallant Claudio encompass sharp-tongued Beatrice and fair Hero with altogether different romances – the one in denial and the other aflame.  High spirits play out in the Dixon masque as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived, and eternal bliss is threatened – though not before domestic tranquility wins out with the disassembled help of constable Dogberry and his faithful Watch. 

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34.

Dixon members receive 20% off all Much Ado About Nothing performances (no other discounts may apply).  

Tickets for the Preview performance (December 8 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Both Thursday night performances (December 8 and 15 at 7pm) 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.

The Opening Night performance (December 9 at 7pm) includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.  

Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and younger) are $16 for any performance. 

Free parking.  No refunds or exchanges.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee.  Title, cast, and schedule are subject to change with notice.

 

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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 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.

Gala Sponsorship Packages 2017

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Sierra Boggess as Broadway’s original Ariel
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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 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:
Sierra Boggess

Friday, March 10, 2017

 

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

6:00 PM
Check-in, Cocktails, and Dinner Buffet are open to all guests.

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 Live Auction featuring multiple exciting packages that you won't want to miss!

8:00 PM
Broadway’s gorgeous 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.

 

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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