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CTC’s, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Goes Vaudeville

December 5, 2011

Chattanooga Theatre Centre brings this Youth theatre show to the Circle Stage.    The original by Hans Christian Anderson has been re-envisioned by Youth Theatre Director Maria Chattin Carter and the young cast.   CTC’s, “Emperor’s New Clothes” is set in an old Vaudeville Theatre house and features stock Vaudeville characters like a sad clown, a magician and his assistant, acrobats, a ventriloquist/fortune teller, little dancing girls, two scoundrel costumers and a grandiose lead actor known as the Emperor.

CTC’s press release gives dates and times and a brief synopsis:

  Public Shows: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 (Friday shows at 7:30pm and Sat. and Sun. at 2:30pm)
School group performances are available. Please call the Box Office at (423) 267-8534 for dates and times.

Festival season is upon the land and the narcissistic emperor needs new duds. Two con men take advantage of the wonderful emperor and possibly teach him a much-needed lesson. This is sure to be a funny, fast-paced comedy the whole family will enjoy.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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“Frankenstein” Lights Up the Circle Theatre with CTC Youth

September 26, 2011

Maria Chattin Carter directs this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein written by Education Director Chuck Tuttle for this Chattanooga Theatre Centre Youth production.    Carter has chosen to stage Frankenstein  as a melodrama.   Indeed, author James Berardinelli wrote that Mary Shelley’s novel is, “More of a gothic melodrama than a horror story.”     Carter tells the actors, “You have to take those moments and make them bigger,” in true melodramatic fashion.

Frankenstein has been double cast to cover the day-time performances for schools.    The casts are as follows:

The Orange Cast

Dr. Frankenstein……Savage Glascock

Creature………Noah Phillips

Elizabeth……………Katie Ward

Mary/ Grave Digger #1……………Breanna Ingram

Igor………….Charlie Christopher

Priest/Captain Walton…………Willie Derrick

Cleval/Richard/Villager…………..Noah Kominczak

DeLancy……………….Anna Strickland

Felix/Grave Digger#2…………Bradley Miller

Agatha/Villager…………..Cameron Davis

Mrs. Frugelheim/Justine/Villager………..Amy Hartline

Greta/Villager…………….Dory Goocher

Eliza/Frieda……….Andrea Palmer

Young Victor/Fritz…………Brady Saffles

Black Cast

Dr. Frankenstein………..Zeke Cobb

Creature………Joe McGuire

Elizabeth…………..Alexis Newson

Mary/Grave Digger #1………..Lizzie Ruch

Igor…………..Jared Alexander

Priest/Captain Walton……….AJ Rankin

Cleval/Richard/Villager…………Jordan Alexander

DeLancy………….Holly Alexander

Felix/Grave Digger #2……..Joshua Anderle

Agatha/ Villager………..Haley White

Mrs. Frugelheim/ Justine/ Villager……….Skyler Beene

Greta/ Villager…….Lexie DeHart

Eliza/ Frieda……….Elizabeth Van Duesen

Young Victor/ Fritz………..Mason Carter

CTC has written this about the upcoming production:

Public Shows: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16(Friday shows at 7:30pm and Sat. and Sun. at 2:30pm)
School group performances are available. Please call the Box Office at (423) 267-8534 for dates and times.

Based on Mary Shelley’s novel, one of the world’s most famous of horror stories demonstrates that we all need to have a place we feel we fit in and begs the question of our own creation. It also makes the point that there must be someone out there for everyone. A thought-provoking piece that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Appropriate grades 4th-12th

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Many of the youth said that the Mel Brooks film, “Young Frankenstein” is their favorite version of Shelley’s monster creation story.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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CTC takes “Pizza Man” by Darlene Craviotto to Tenn. Theatre Assoc. Conference

August 22, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Chattanooga Theatre Centre will preview two performances of Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto before taking the play to Tennessee Theatre Association’s competition fro best community theatre performance. 

Pizza Man
August 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. on the Circle Stage

Maria Chattin-Carter plays Julie, a woman who gets a pink slip after rejecting the advances of her boss and is drinking to forget. Stephanie Smith plays Alice, whose anger over her boyfriend’s return to his wife pushes her into an eating binge. The drunk Julie and the overfed Alice hatch a plan: pick a guy – any guy – and rape him to get even for the damage done to them by men. Enter the pizza delivery man – played by Seth Patton – who accepts their seemingly harmless invitation to stay and share a beer with them. From there the evening gets crazy, wild, angry, and very, very funny.

Garrell Woods directs the play, which contains adult situations and language.

If CTC’s production wins best community theatre production in Tennessee from TTA then the performance will go on to compete at Southeastern Theatre Conference in March 2012.    SETC is known as one of the largest theatre conventions in the United States.    SETC has been hosting the annual convention since 1949 making it a “haven” for theatre artists according to Maria Chattin Carter who is co-starring in the Pizza Man for the competition.

Join over 4,000 theatre artists and practitioners for the southeast’s largest theatre convention!

Known as one of the nation’s largest Theatre conventions, the SETC Annual Spring Convention is held each year during the first week in March.  Convention 2012 will be held March 7-11 in Chattanooga, TN.  Registration will open on Oct. 15, 2011.

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Inside a Youth Musical Theater Audition with CTC

January 24, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Last week I visited Chattanooga Theatre Centre to look inside the process for auditioning a musical.      Youth theater director, Maria Chattin Carter and musical director, Kyle Howard presided over auditions for, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Howard, a middle school music teacher by day asked each of the auditioning youth to sing solo a verse of one of the songs from this show.    He was looking for those who could sing on pitch and those who could belt it out as there will be no microphones used for this production.     Howard also asked that the youth “dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” meaning to pronounce each consonant with verve.

Carter said that auditions are the hardest part of the process of preparing a musical as those who audition rarely know what the director is looking for and many are not familiar with the play for which they are auditioning.    She was looking for those who could bring  a glimmer of personality into their auditions.

There’s a whole website dedicated to the art of auditioning for a musical which includes a section entitled “Audition Tips” and another, “Show Research.”  

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“A Christmas Story,” On-Stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

December 7, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

A Classic American comedy lights up the Mainstage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre from December 10-23, 2010.      CTC says:

A Co-Production for CTC’s Youth Theatre and MainStage seasons
Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian, based on the original novel and screenplay by Jean Shepherd
A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas… A Holiday comedy for the entire Family. Ralphie has to convince his parents, and teachers that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940’s. He even pleads his case before Santa Claus, all with the same response, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here.

“A Christmas Story” is based on the short story, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” by Jean Shepherd. The original hard-back cover from 1966 and the most recent book cover are shown below.

The house that the film, “A Christmas Story” made famous is open to the public for tours as the film has remained popular with American audiences all these years.

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“Bridge to Terabithia” Premieres for CTC Youth Theatre

September 28, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

October 1 – 17, 2010

Bridge to Terabithia is a sensitive and emotional play about characters that rise above their weaknesses. Jess and Leslie both have a need to be accepted. He wants to appease his father and she wants her new school to view her as anything but an alien. In the woods near their homes, they create an imaginary land in which their friendship flourishes.
Appropriate grades 4th-12th.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theater Director, Maria Chattin-Carter and actors Savannah McMahan and Alex Griffith talk about this latest youth Theatre Production.

“Bridge to Terabithia,” written by Katherine Paterson is based on a real-life event.     She talks about her motivation in writing the story published in 1977 by Harper Collins:

“I wrote Bridge because our son David’s best friend, an eight year old named Lisa Hill, was struck and killed by lightning.    I wrote the book to try to make sense out of a tragedy that seemed senseless.”

The character Leslie Burke is a fifth grader and new to the small town where the play takes place.      Neither she nor Jess Aarons, her neighbor and classmate feel like they fit in.     Leslie’s parents don’t own a TV although they have a library of books, some of which Leslie introduces Jess to.      The two become great friends and create a fun-filled world of their own in the woods between their houses.

Maria Chattin-Carter says that “Bridge to Terabithia” is about their friendship and the imaginary world that Jess and Leslie create.      When the author was asked in an interview posted here, “What would she like to see children doing more or less of today,” she responds:

Well, of course, I want children to read more. I am not of the throw the TV and computers on the dump school. I just feel that a life in balance is better than one that goes off the deep end in any direction. My admittedly limited experience on the internet and with computer “information,” has revealed that this is a rather shallow sort of knowledge and impersonal sort of human connection. I think great books and real live human beings do a better job of making us wise, compassionate people.

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