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  • 10th Annual Gala
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Please Join Us in the Campaign to Create Tennessee's First and Only Permanent, Year-Round Home for Professional Shakespeare Performance and Education

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Join Us for our 10th Annual Broadway Gala
featuring Alton Fitzgerald White:
Record-Setting Mufasa in Broadway’s The Lion King

Alton Fitzgerald White (Dennis Johnston Photography)

Alton Fitzgerald White as The Lion King’s Mufasa (by Jerry Metellus)

Alton Fitzgerald White also is Broadway’s powerhouse star of The Color Purple, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Who’s Tommy.

To celebrate eleven years of Shakespeare performance and education in the Mid-South, this year’s Gala expands in the luxurious Hilton Memphis on Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 pm.

All proceeds from your purchase of a Platinum or Gold or Silver Table for 10 guests will benefit TSC’s innovative Education Program. 

The Gala is generously sponsored by the Board of Directors of Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  The title Platinum Sponsors are C. Cato Ealy, Robert and Mary Tabor Engel family, Billy and Kyle Tabor Furr, Jack and Sandra Jones, Dorothy O. Kirsch, Land Rover Bluff City, Milton T. Schaeffer, Pat and Thane Smith, Owen and Margaret Tabor, Tabor Orthopedics, and Deborah Dunklin Tipton.

Mr. White will perform a special, one-hour show as the Gala centerpiece.  He will sing from his own Broadway shows, the classical Disney songbook, and favorite standards from other award-winning musicals.

About Broadway’s
Alton Fitzgerald White

Alton Fitzgerald White captivates audiences whenever and wherever he performs.  The triple-talented singer, actor, dancer has starred in six Broadway shows. 

He made his Broadway debut starring as John in Miss Saigon, then moved on to the more aggressive role of The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy, the hit rock-opera. Next was the popular Smokey Joe’s Café, where Alton dazzled theatergoers with dynamic renditions of Leiber and Stoller classics.  His commanding performance led to his West End debut in the original London company. Alton then landed the coveted starring role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime.  The journey began with the pre-Broadway original company in Toronto opposite Audra McDonald, then the critically-acclaimed national tour, and ultimately Broadway opposite the Tony Award-winning LaChanze. 

Alton’s next move took him on the road to originate the role of Mufasa in the first National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King, which he then played on Broadway for a record-breaking 4,308 performances.  In 2007, he played the role of Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple.

His television work includes Rent Live, Law and Order, Mindhunter, Madam Secretary, Bull, The Blacklist, The Good Fight, and Code Black.

His film recent and upcoming film appearances include The Invention of Lying directed by Ricky Gervais, The Goldfinch opposite Nicole Kidman, Asher, Holy New York, and The Life.

Performing in concerts around the world, including at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall, Alton released his re-imagined audio recordings of Disney classics on Disney My Way; and he recently published his best-selling inspirational biography titled My Pride: Mastering Life’s Daily Performance (published by Disney Editions).

Alton has also become an in-demand motivational speaker at BrightSight Group and has been a Keynote Speaker for corporations and schools around the country.  His popular TEDx Talk can be found on YouTube.

Evening Gala Fun

The evening in the Hilton Memphis includes a lavish buffet dinner and cocktails; an Elizabethan Midway of games, costumes, photo booths, and opportunities to act with TSC’s performers; the company’s singular live auction orchestrated by Stephanie Shine; and a fun silent auction.

Platinum and Gold sponsors and their guests will enjoy a post-show dessert reception where they will meet Mr. White and have their photo taken with him.

The Buffet Menu

Passed Appetizers

Beef Sliders with Smoked Bacon and Marble Bleu Cheese
Mini Chicken Wellington with Bourbon Butter
Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Sweet Ginger Vinaigrette
Fig and Onion Tartes with Bacon Jam

Buffet Dinner

Tossed Crafted Salad with two dressings
Beef Short Ribs
Lemon Buttersauce Chicken
Steamed Broccoli
Asparagus and Carrots
Oven-Roasted Potatoes
Spinach Risotto
Fresh-Baked Rolls and Cornbread
Dessert Table

Single Tickets, and Sponsorship Packages for Ten Guests

Patrons may purchase Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), and Silver ($1,500) seating packages, each with tiered benefits.  Each seating package accommodates ten guests.

Sponsorships and more information are available by calling TSC’s Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine today at (901) 759-0620.  All sponsorship purchases include a tax-deductible gift to TSC.  Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. 

Single Tickets are now on sale for $100 per ticket through February 21.  After February 21, Single Tickets are $125.  Patrons may purchase Single Tickets on-line now at or by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604. 

Platinum Title Ticket Package ($5,000):

Premium Reserved Dining Table for 10
Invitation for Two to Private Dinner Party with Alton Fitzgerald White on Friday, March 29
Recognition on the Gala poster (if purchased by February 15)

All Gold and Silver Sponsor Benefits below

Gold Ticket Package ($2,500):

Reserved Dining Table for Ten, after Platinum sponsors
Recognition in the printed Program
Private, post-show Champagne Reception/photo opportunity with Alton Fitzgerald White
One Exclusive Commemorative Event Gift per package

All Silver Sponsor Benefits below

Silver Ticket Package ($1,500):

Reserved Dining Table for Ten, after Gold sponsors
Intimate Broadway Performance by Alton Fitzgerald White
Lavish Dinner and Dessert Buffet
Tax-deductible gift to TSC

The Broadway Weekend Trip for Two Drawing sponsored by Pat and Thane Smith

The Broadway Weekend Trip for Two drawing tickets are now available at TSC for a suggested donation of $20. 

The winner of the Drawing, announced from the stage during the Gala, wins round-trip airfare for two to New York City; a weekend 3-day, 2-night stay (Friday night and Saturday night) at a first-class theatre district hotel; dinner at an intimate theatre district restaurant; and two reserved seat standard admission tickets to a Broadway play or musical of the winner’s choice.  The trip may only be redeemed for the services outlined here and is non-transferable.  The retail value of the trip will not exceed $2,500 and must be booked at least two months in advance (certain black-out dates will apply).  The trip must be completed by March 30, 2020.  The winner need not be present at the Gala to win and must be at least 18 years of age.

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The Elizabethan Rep Season Rings in the Holidays with

As You Like It

November 29 – December 16

We welcome the festive winter season into its new home with a fun, interactive production of William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It, the last show in TSC’s Elizabethan Rep this year.

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Launches Our Elizabethan Rep Season
in Our New Memphis Home

October 18 – November 4

Macbeth 2018Paul Kiernan (Macbeth) with the Witches

We open the doors of our new home to you, prior to full facility renovation, with an intimate production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth inspired by the Elizabethan playhouses and current events that helped create it in 1606.

Directed by TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and acted by a company of nine professional actors, Macbeth performs across three weeks from October 18 – November 4 and is generously sponsored by C. Cato Ealy.

All performances take place at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, located at 7950 Trinity Road, Memphis 38018-6297.  To purchase tickets or more information, go to or call TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Employing structural elements from Shakespeare’s Rose, Globe, and Blackfriars Playhouses, TSC’s theatre will feature a timber and balcony structure within its largest performance space (the future Owen and Margaret Wellford Tabor Stage).  Audiences will recognize the structure, framing, and actor-audience intimacy from London’s Globe Playhouse and the film Shakespeare in Love.

The theatre will be in place all fall/winter as part of TSC’s exploratory Elizabethan Rep Season, which will feature a large cast production of As You Like It following Macbeth.  The design also will pilot a future permanent stage configuration, that would be flexible, as well as assist with acoustics and provide outstanding audience sight-lines.

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See the Remarkable Results from this year's Romeo and Juliet Project

(February 12, 2018) -- "I believe Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet Project in Memphis is one of the more crucial, proven, and successful arts-in-education initiatives in the United States," says TSC founder and Producing Artistic Director, Dan McCleary.

This brief report responds to several of the most frequently asked questions TSC has received in the last decade regarding Shakespeare and its education programming in Memphis:

  • Why do you believe William Shakespeare and his plays are relevant in the 21st Century?
  • Why do I have to learn Shakespeare in school?
  • Can my children really understand Shakespeare?
  • Do you really believe Shakespeare can save lives?
  • You don’t really believe that Shakespeare can change the world, do you?

TSC provides its responses in the words, pictures, tallies, and grades of children, teachers, and actors in its four-month Romeo and Juliet Project throughout Shelby County in Tennessee. 

"And for the record, on that last question," says McCleary, "Yes, I do."

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

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Individual Season Sponsors:

Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund; Nancy Copp; Ernest, Pat, Martha, and Marian Kelly; Milton T. Schaeffer; The Family of Owen and Margaret Tabor;
Ann and Wellford Tabor.

Season Partners:

Collierville Municipal School District; Germantown Municipal School District; Memphis Hunt & Polo Club;
Shelby County Schools; The University of Denver College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the 2018-19 CAMF grant; The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence       artsmemphis std color logo2500    logo-gacc          Tennesseans for the Arts     Tennessee Theatre Association     Where We Live