Putting on a musical at a professional theater on a college campus takes many months of hard work and dedication from students, faculty, staff and professional actors. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of the musical “Man of La Mancha,” the theater’s final show of the 2010 season.
Clarence Brown Theatre News
Calvin MacLean, department head of theatre at UT Knoxville and artistic director of the Clarence Brown Theatre, recently was elected president of the University/Resident Theatre Association.
Hundreds of UT faculty and staff attended an employee appreciation event at the Clarence Brown Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for a free showing of “Charley’s Aunt.” As one employee stated, “It was a most enjoyable evening. Charley’s Aunt was a wonderful production. The hors d’oeuvres were delicious and it was simply special to be attending an event put on with the focus of appreciation. I had an amazing time.”
Knoxville-area UT faculty and staff are invited to attend Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night at Clarence Brown Theatre on Tuesday, March 2, for a special performance of “Charley’s Aunt” at 7:30 p.m. This date is in addition to the previously-publicized Feb. 23 showing. Due to high demand, all tickets have been distributed for that date and the theatre has scheduled this second free performance.
Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King” will run Feb. 4-21 in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre. According to director John Sipes, the play is “an example–an ancient example–of a culture’s effort to make sense of the incomprehensibility of man’s existence.”
Just in time for Halloween, the hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will play in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre Oct. 29 through Nov. 15. There will be a preview for “Little Shop of Horrors” on Thursday, Oct. 29, followed by Opening Night Friday, Oct. 30. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 15. Based on the low budget 1960 “B” movie directed by Roger Corman, this extremely goofy musical is part sci-fi, part black comedy, part Faustian legend and a whole lot of fun. Get your tickets today!
The Clarence Brown Theatre Company next week will join 130 theater companies in all 50 states, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia for a simultaneous staged reading of the sequel to ‘The Laramie Project’, one of the most highly acclaimed and frequently produced American plays of the last decade. ‘The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later, An Epilogue’ will begin at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Clarence Brown actors are teaming up with the church’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series for the production. Admission is free.
The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre is coming to UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. The dance company was founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and today includes some of the most highly acclaimed performers of the Sioux Nation.
UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre will open its 35th season with Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Dale Dickey, on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage.
An evening of electrifying theater and maximum rock and roll, The Who’s “Tommy” will run at the Clarence Brown Theatre from April 16 through May 3.