Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tennessee Theatre: Kinky Boots

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The 10th anniversary kicks off with KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (LEGALLY BLONDE, HAIRSPRAY) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200, www.tennesseetheatre.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Pellissippi State & The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

December 15, 7:30 p.m.
December 16, 2:30 p.m.
December 17, 2:30 p.m.

This homespun tale pieces together a portion of Ingalls family history missing from the beloved “Little House” books — the winter of 1876. Enjoy this tale of gratitude that’s a perfect beginning for the holiday season. Get tickets at: www.pstcc.edu/arts/theatre

In the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas will be presented by The WordPlayers, in collaboration with The Arts at Pellissippi, at Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN. Public performances are Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8-$12 and may be purchased online at www.wordplayers.org, at the door, or by calling 865.539.7529.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas is a one-act play with music, based on the beloved series of "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Playwright, Laurie Brooks, imagines events that occurred when the Ingalls family had to leave Walnut Grove to run a hotel in Iowa. It is a story about hope, perseverance, and family. (Recommended for ages 8+)

The WordPlayers is a 501(c) 3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For school show or other information, please call (865) 539-2490, Email: wordplayers@comcast.net or visit: www.wordplayers.org

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby

Category: Theatre

Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 24.
The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There are shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men), a ratty extra room/stable at an inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything.

And obviously, it's a comedy. Seriously it is.
The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike by telling the most over-told story in a sincerely human way that bursts with imagination and wonder.

The Green Room at the Jackson Avenue Terminal in the Old City
211 Jackson Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902

River & Rail Theatre Company, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 106, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727, www.riverandrailtheatre.com

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Elf: The Musical, Jr.

  • December 1, 2017 — December 17, 2017

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Based on the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The play will be performed December 1 – 17, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM. Also, a special 7 PM performance will be held on Sunday, December 10.

This hilarious musical play is based on the 2003 comedy film. William “Buddy” Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy finds out that he’s an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. But Walter, like many New Yorkers, doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Neither dies Buddy’s brother Michael! Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The play is performed by 27 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 17.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.childrenstheatreknoxville.com.

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret

Category: Music and Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre skewers holiday stress in The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret opening Friday, Nov 24. ‘Tis the season for food, family, parties and gifts. And let’s face it – also feuds, indigestion, hangovers, busted budgets and weird Uncle Hal who tells those cringe-worthy jokes. Flying Anvil Theatre’s The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret is the perfect antidote for holiday angst!

This comic musical review is full of songs and scenes that take a slightly twisted view of the season. Flying Anvil Artistic Director Jayne Morgan writes and directs, and Carol Z. Shane will musical direct. The show opens the Friday after Thanksgiving to give everyone something to do with those lingering out-of-town relatives.

Morgan says the show acknowledges that the holiday season can often be more frantic than fun. “The end of the year has gotten so intense, with impossible expectations on our schedules and psyches,” she says. “We laugh about that, and things like “Mean Santa” office games, weird holiday gifts and inappropriate relatives.”

Cast members include Emily Helton, Mandi Lawson and Curtis Bower, who previously appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the theatre. They are joined by Donald Thorne, Jessica Magers-Rankin, Carmen Brown and Brandon Phillips.

The Big F.A.T Holiday Cabaret opens Friday, November 24. Pay What You Can Nights are Wednesday, November 22 (Preview Performance), and Wednesday, November 29. The show runs through December 17 and reopens December 27 – 31 with a special New Year’s Eve performance with reception and champagne after the show.

This show is recommended for adults. Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

By: Charles Dickens; Adapted by: Edward Morgan and Joe Hanreddy

“If you like Christmas, do not humbug this play.” Knoxville News Sentinel

Our spectacular, heart-warming version of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption returns. Filled with traditional carols, stunning costumes, a gorgeous set and memorable characters, it’s guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for you and your family.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com