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 Get tickets now for some spring theatre! There’s never a bad season to enjoy a live show. Middle Tennessee is home to so many talented theatre groups. Make some plans for a family friendly outing or an adults only date night this spring.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Nashville Children’s Theatre (Map) February 21 – April 7, 2019

Direct from Off-Broadway, four beloved classics – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, “Mister Seahorse”, “The Very Lonely Firefly”, and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – leap off the page and on to the stage right in front of your eyes brought to life by a menagerie of 75 incredible puppets.

Performance dates & times at this link.

Cost: $21/Adults, $16/Children. Buy tickets online HERE or call the box office at (615) 252-4675

 

 

 

The Birds at The Encore Theatre Company (Map) March 8 -17, 2019

Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face
of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia,arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes
even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that ofthe birds outside.

Schedule and tickets at this link. Cost: $15

 

Anastasia at TPAC (Map)  March 19 – 24, 2019

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to TPAC at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Dates and tickets at this link

Shakespeare in Love at TPAC Johnson Theater (Map)  March 21 – April 19, 2019

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?

Dates and tickets at this link

 

The Producers at The Center for the Arts Murfreesboro (Map) March 22 – April 7, 2019

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. (MTI) – The Producers – Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students, seniors (60+) and military, and $14 for children (12 and under).

Tickets can be purchased at this link.

 

Sister Act at The Larry Keeton Theatre (Map) March 28 – April 13, 2019

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, this feel-good musical comedy features music by Tony and Oscar award winner, Alan Menken. Disco-diva, Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody at the one place no one will ever think to look for her – at a convent! The laughs are sure to come as Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices and as she rediscovers her own.

Schedule and Tickets available at this link.

 

The Curious Savage at The Springhouse Theatre (Map) March 29 – April 14, 2019

Ethel P. Savage was recently widowed by her millionaire husband who left her in charge of a fortune. She would like to spend it to make people happy. Her adult step children which includes a Senator, a Judge, and a Socialite have other ideas and endeavor to have her declared incompetent. The play takes place in The Cloisters sanatorium, and while there Ethel meets a collection of inmates who seem to have a better grasp of what it means to be sane than those on the outside. Ethel turns out to be pretty clever herself. It is a comedy but has elements of mystery and a clever surprise ending.

Tickets and schedule available at this link.

 

Steel Magnolias at Pull Tight Theatre (Map)  March 29 – April 13, 2019

Before audiences experienced the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or any Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias set the standard for stories of female bonding. Opening off-Broadway in 1987 and adapted into a hit movie in 1989, the story takes place at Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana and revolves around beloved characters including Ouiser (“I’m not crazy … I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years”); Clairee (“If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me”); and Truvy (“Honey, time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.”) “Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue … The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.”—NY Daily News

Schedule and Tickets at this link.Tickets – Adults $18

 

Dixie Swim Club at Hendersonville Performing Arts Company (Map) March 29 – April 14, 2019

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

Schedule and tickets at this link. Cost $15 – $18

 

BEDTIME STORIES (AS TOLD BY OUR DAD) (WHO MESSED THEM UP) at The Encore Theatre Company (Map) April 5-14, 2019

It’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The
Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.

Schedule and tickets at this link. Cost: $15

 

Tomás and the Library Lady at the Nashville Children’s Theatre (Map) April 25 – May 19, 2019

New Production!
This production will be performed with sections of dialogue in Spanish and English.

“Libros, libros, libros I love to read.
Libros, libros, libros that’s what I need.”
Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this play, told in both Spanish and English, follows the son of migrant farm workers as he discovers a surprising world of possibility inside his local library thanks to a special librarian. This inspirational, theatrical biography proves that reading and respect can make anything possible.

 

Performance dates & times at this link.

Cost: $21/Adults, $16/Children. Buy tickets online HERE or call the box office at (615) 252-4675

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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