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Plan a date night or a family outing to a fall theatre production this season. Nashville is home to lots of talented people. And that means our local community theatre groups are continually presenting high quality productions. Live theater can be a great way to spice up your family fun calendar. Here’s a list of shows scheduled this fall. Make plans now and buy your tickets in advance. Not all these shows are kid friendly so make sure you read the play description and call the theatre if you need some guidance.


A Midsummer’s Night Dream – Shakespeare in the Park (Map) August 9 – September 16, 2018

Love.  It is the dream that we want to be ensnared in.  Powerful and magical, but at it’s worst, a fickle illusion.   Shakespeare’s classical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream explores the duality of love in a magical, transformative production that asks: if we are in love are we ever in control?

August 9 – September 9, 2018

Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday at Centennial Park Bandshell
$10 Suggested Donation

September 13 –  16, 2018

Click here to go to the FRANKLIN SHAKES page.  Academy Park, Franklin
$10 Suggested Donation




Tuck Everlasting – Nashville Children’s Theatre (Map)  September 13 – October 7, 2018

New Production!
“There are two ways down one long road. One clear path to two conclusions. Does the story end, or never end? Does the secret fade, or is it everlasting?”
After adventuring beyond her white picket fence, “good girl” Winnie Foster meets the energetic teenager Jesse Tuck, who leads her on an unexpected, magical journey. Soon she is faced with an extraordinary question: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, this heartfelt Broadway musical is full of soaring melodies and mischief. Performed with a live orchestra!

Cost : Adults $21  Youth   $16


Tickets may be purchased online at this link.


Young FrankensteinHendersonville Performing Arts Company (Map) September 13 – 30, 2018

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment

Performances Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM   Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM

Adults – $18
Seniors and Students – $15
Tickets may be purchased online at this link


The Uninvited Encore Theatre Company (Map)  September 14 – 23, 2018

Seeking to escape the demands of life in London, Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, an aspiring playwright, discover a charming house in the west of England, overlooking the Irish Sea. The house, Cliff End, has long been empty, and they are able to purchase it at a suspiciously low price from crusty Commander Brooke, the village curmudgeon. The reason is soon apparent: The house has an unsavory reputation. Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred by the gnarled tree that can be viewed from the parlor window. Slowly the Fitzgeralds begin to sense the evil spirit that still inhabits the house, announcing its presence with a sudden, bone-chilling cold. Their housekeeper’s cat will not enter the nursery, where the sound of a weeping woman adds to the tense atmosphere, and the scent of a flowery, exotic perfume called mimosa comes and goes. The village doctor, the local gossip, and a former governess visit, with strange stories of the beautiful Mary Meredith, who once lived in the house and of the striking, unstable Carmel, who posed for a painting that led to her destruction. With the help of Mary’s daughter, Stella, a beautiful young girl whose mysterious birth holds the key to the puzzle, and a seance arranged by an actress friend of the Fitzgeralds, Cliff End is forced, at last, to reveal its dark secrets. The action then builds steadily to a truly terrifying climax, in which the ghost is discovered to be not only real but dangerous.

Famous first as a novel, and then as a classic motion picture, this thrilling tale of ghosts and dark secrets is now available in a tightly constructed stage version.


Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM  Sunday shows are at 2:30PM

Tickets may be purchased online at this link


Mary PoppinsSpringhouse Theatre Company  (Map)  September 15 – October 1, 2017

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS” delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

“Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS” is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft.

Showtimes Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM (September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29)

One Sunday Matinee at 3:30PM (September 30)

Tickets are $15 for Adults   $10 Students  & Children

Tickets may be purchased online at this link.


Newsies Chaffin’s Barn Theatre (Map)  September 20 – October 27, 2018

Featuring the songs of ABBA, this musical tells the story of a teen’s search for her birth father on a Greek Island paradise!

Tickets and showtimes at this link.

The Ryman Diaries –  The Center for the Arts Murfreesboro (Map) September 21-30, 2018

The true-to-life tale of riverboat captain Tom Ryman and his wife, Bettie Baugh Ryman. The couple, beginning their lives with an unlikely romance, ended up raising seven children on a riverboat. Entrepreneur Tom Ryman experienced God at Christian revival, and famously went on to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle, later known as Ryman Auditorium.  Rated G

Tickets can be purchased at this link.


Lend Me a Tenor – Pull Tight Theatre (Map)  October 5 – 20, 2018

For a stimulating evening full of mistaken identities, romantic complications, and slamming doors, it doesn’t get much better than this favorite work heralded as “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Opening in 1986 on the West End and in 1989 on Broadway, the show garnered nine Tony nominations and won two. A world-famous tenor appearing for one night only as Otello is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. A staff member gets into costume to take his place, and the fun begins. “Non-stop laughter.”—Variety


Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at this link.




Jekyll & Hyde – The Center for the Arts Murfreesboro (Map) October 5-21

An evocative tale of two men  one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman  and two women  one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. Rated PG-13

Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm,and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $13.00 for students, seniors (60+) and military, and $11 for children (12 and under).

Tickets can be purchased at this link.

About Rachel Kline

Rachel Kline
Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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