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Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic on April 21
Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues its popular Southern Literary Salon on April 21 with one of the more shocking American voices of the 20th Century – Flannery O’Connor.
Presented inside and outdoors at the spacious private home of Drew and Melia Murphy in Germantown (the site of previous Salons on Faulkner and Hemingway), Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic runs 6:00–8:00 pm.
The evening features light Southern food, conversation, music, 45 minutes or so of readings from Ms. O’Connor’s works, and a mixed spirit of the author’s dis-liking (she preferred her coca-cola spiked with coffee).
Tickets are only are $55 and include all of the above. Seating is very limited.
Enroll Your Child Today in TSC’s
Fantastical SUMMER CAMPS at Hutchison School
CHOOSE FROM THREE CAMPS:
For girls and boys entering grades 7-12
It’s Halloween in June! Confront your fear! No, not of Shakespeare, but come face-to-face with the mysterious and fantastical characters - human and inhuman - that enliven Shakespeare’s greatest works. Campers will learn what it takes to make Shakespeare really scary. This two- week camp will conclude with a camper showcase of ghosts, monsters, and visions.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
BE A SPRITE!
For girls and boys entering grades JK-1
Explore the magical characters and incidents that populate A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Developing their characters and mastering Shakespeare through song, fairy games, and mask and costume making, campers will present their fantastic achievements in an end-of-camp showcase.
JULY 31 – AUGUST 4
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
MAKE ‘EM LAUGH:
For girls and boys entering grades 2-6
Meet and become one of Shakespeare’s clowns! Explore and master the physical and verbal comedy and scenes that occur in almost all of Shakespeare’s work. Whether you want to be sad, happy, bumbling, or pompous, Shakespeare has a part for you. Campers show off in an antic showcase at camp’s end.
JULY 31 – AUGUST 4
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION: EDUCATION@TNSHAKESPEARE.ORG OR (901) 759-0620.
Download the Summer Camps Registration Form.
Sierra Boggess, Broadway’s Original Little Mermaid, to Headline Eighth Annual Gala
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.
Join Us for the First Southern Literary Salon of the Season:
Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth
We 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 ...”
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