Posts Tagged ‘George Quick’

‘Anything Goes’ at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

July 8, 2012

There’s gangsters, stock brokers, a debutante and her high society fiance, a missionary, a night club evangelist and her tap dancing angels on board the SS American ship across the trans-Atlantic in ‘Anything Goes’.   CTC’s George Quick directs this production of  the Cole Porter musical from the 1930’s.   The show opens Friday night, July 13th on the Main Stage in Chattanooga’s theatre by the river.   Here’s more from the press release:

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Anything Goes is a shining example of classic musical theater, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and eminently hummable songs like “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and “Anything Goes,” courtesy of the unforgettable score by Cole Porter.

Here’s the video preview of CTC’s ‘Anything Goes’ by Wadell and Associates:

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the story with CTC Executive Director George Quick:

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“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” opens at CTC

November 4, 2011

Irish Dramatist Oscar Wilde once wrote, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”    His words would prove prophetic as the last five years in the life of this Victorian Age artist would turn out to be anything but laughable.

Modern Playwright  Moises Kaufman compiled personal letters and documents written by Wilde along with transcripts from  the three trials, newspaper reports, etc., to bring to life the three fated trials that Oscar Wilde was to endure.       Then in 1997 Kaufman published, “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.”

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre opens with “Gross Indecency” on the Circle Stage on November 4th-19th.    George Quick directs this play.    The following is from CTC’s press release:

Playwright Moisés Kaufman has created a riveting docudrama, courtroom drama, social commentary, tragedy and comedy in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. A brilliant patchwork of contemporary court documents, newspaper accounts and books by and about Wilde, the play deals with Oscar Wilde’s three trials on the matter of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas which led to charges of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons”. The play uses actual quotes and transcripts from the trials, including Wilde’s inimitable witticisms that ultimately were his undoing.

CTC’s cast includes LeBron Benton, Jerry M Draper, Randal Fosse, John Hammons, Joshua Harrell, R Clay Johnson, Will Park, Jake Waters, and Justin Young.     Randal Fosse takes on the role of Oscar Wilde.

In April of 2011, The Guardian writes that the original, uncensored version of Oscar Wilde’s one novel, “The Picture of Dorian Grey” written 130 years earlier had finally been published.    Moises Kaufman has brought back to life the power of Oscar Wilde’s character and the views of the Victorian Culture that would first thrust him to fame and then condemn him to a prison sentence of two years of hard labor with, “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.”

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the interview with Randal Fosse:

Chattanooga’s Oldest Community Theatre Raises the Roof to Lighten the Load

August 1, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is in its 87th year of producing community theatre for our region.    CTC’s facility is in need of some repair and while at it, Artistic Director George Quick hopes to make upgrades that will lighten the theatre’s future energy consumption.     Quick has unveiled a plan to add solar panels and a living roof  along with LED stage lighting and a new HVAC system to its Riverfront building.

CTC says:

Here’s a breakdown of where the money will be spent (based on estimates gathered in 2010):

Roof Repair and Replacement $ 200,000

Live Roof Section $ 24,000

HVAC Replacement $ 250,000

Solar Awning Main Lobby Terrace $ 80,000

Roof Top Solar Array $ 220,000

Ceiling Replacement $ 5,000

Upgrade Stage Lighting $ 62,950

Upgrade Sound Equipment $ 21,050

Refinish Dance Floor $ 5,000

Replace worn seating in Circle Theatre $ 20,000

Repair Main Auditorium Seating $ 2,000

Upgrades to Public Restrooms $ 5,000

Repair Main Lobby Window Blinds $ 2,000

Purchase Additional Lobby Chairs $ 3,000

Contingency $ 100,000

Total Capital Expenditures $1,000,000

Here’s an introduction to the benefits of building a living roof from Building Green TV:

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Theatre Centre and Destiny Theatre Co. Team Up on “Blues for Mr. Charlie”

February 14, 2011

The Following comes from the Theatre Centre press release:

Blues for Mr. Charlie”, a gripping play by James Baldwin loosely based on the Emmett Till murder of 1955, will be jointly presented by the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Destiny Theatre Company April 15 through 30, 2011.
The Baldwin play was originally scheduled by Destiny for February in conjunction with Black History Month, but when Destiny Theatre’s arrangement with Tennessee Temple University for theatre space came to an end, plans – and production schedules – changed.
“The CTC had originally planned to co-produce the Foote play with Destiny,” explained George Quick, producing director of the Theatre Centre. “When their circumstances changed, this was the perfect solution.”
Quick says the partnership is gratifying in a practical as well as an artistic sense. 

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“The Chattanooga Theatre Centre works hard to foster more racial diversity throughout our operation,” said Quick. “We’ve been successful on our Board of Directors, in our classes, in our audiences, and to an extent in our Youth Theatre. But we struggle when it comes to attracting a diverse group of actors to our auditions and that translates into who you see on stage and what plays we present. Our partnership with Destiny helps us overcome this barrier.”
Karl Gardner, executive director for Destiny Theatre Centre, says: “We are now in a time in our lives where Americans of ALL racial backgrounds need to understand that diversity is the art of seeing ‘character not color’. This co-production of ‘Blues for Mister Charlie’ between Destiny Theatre Company and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is a PERFECT example of this very idea.”
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Destiny Theatre Company will partner again this summer for the production of the musical “Hairspray.”
Auditions for “Blues for Mr. Charlie” will be held Sunday and Monday, February 20 and 21, at 7:30 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street. Roles are available for African-American and white actors in the late teens to 50s age range. Hope Alexander is directing the production. For more information, visit www.TheatreCentre.com, or call 267-8534.

James Baldwin

The following is published in the New York Times to mark the passing of James Baldwin who, “served as a conscience,” for the masses as Henry Louis Gates so eloquently put it.

In the preface to his 1964 play, ”Blues for Mister Charlie,” noting that the work had been inspired ”very distantly” by the 1955 murder of a black youth, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, Mr. Baldwin wrote:

”What is ghastly and really almost hopeless in our racial situation now is that the crimes we have committed are so great and so unspeakable that the acceptance of this knowledge would lead, literally, to madness. The human being, then, in order to protect himself, closes his eyes, compulsively repeats his crimes, and enters a spiritual darkness which no one can describe.”