Thursday, September 25, 2008


“Little Women,” our fourth full-scale production is already in rehearsal and will be presented at The Emporium Center for the Arts in downtown Knoxville (100 S. Gay Street). The performances will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, Saturday, Sept. 27, Saturday, Oct. 4, Sunday, Oct. 5, Friday, Oct. 10, Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. The Friday performances are at 7 PM, Saturday performances are at 1 PM and 4 PM, and Sunday performances are at 3 PM.
“Little Women” is based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The play follows the four March sisters (tomboyish, headstrong Jo; confident, caring Meg; sweet, vulnerable Beth; and spoiled, naïve Amy) for five years as they mature from girls to young women. These five years are marked by sacrifice (the girls’ father is away serving as a Chaplain in the American Civil War), romance (Jo, Meg, and Amy experience the first pangs of young love), and family (the girls’ mother, aunt and uncle play large roles in their lives). Alcott’s book is often looked upon as a turning point in the portrayal of women in American fiction. The play takes place in the March’s attic, a place where Jo’s memories of her life at home magically come back to life. The play is directed by CTK Artistic Director Jenny Ballard.
Ticket prices for the performances are $9 per person. CTK will continue its popular admission policy, however, which allows any adult and child entering together to see the play for $7 per person. Reservations are recommended, since there are only 60 seats available for each performance. To order tickets or to receive more information, please contact Zack Allen at (865) 599-5284 or send an e-mail to the company at
“Little Women” is made possible through generous support from UT Surgical Associates, Regal Entertainment Group, Parkwest Hospital, Jupiter Entertainment, Mortgage Investors Group, Tennessee Valley Direct, Abacus Creative Marketing Group and through the generous donations of people like you: theatre-goers and believers in the positive impact of theatre on young people. MEET THE "MARCH SISTERS"... and the REST OF THE "LITTLE WOMEN" CASTKATHERINE MOORE is playing Jo March. “Kat” has spent the last year as a working actor in Los Angeles and is back home in Knoxville for her senior year. She has worked with the Actors Co-Op and TN Stage Company. ASHLEY LATIMER (Meg) is a Bearden High student who has acted and directed for the Actors Co-Op. In 2008, she won Bearden’s “Best Advanced Acting” Award! HOLLAND HYSMITH will play Younger Amy. She recently moved to Knoxville from Cincinnati, where she had extensive experience in professional and community theatre. CARIN LAGERBERG will play Older Amy. Carin is an avid actor, singer, and actor, who has performed with The Wordplayers and Knoxville Children’s Choir.
CTK audiences will be very familiar with ROWAN YOUNG, who has given exceptional performances in our productions of “The Princess and the Pauper” (as Lady Amelia) and “Treasure Island USA” as Nurse Violet Livesay
The rest of the cast includes Sophia Abouelata, Marisa Beeler, Timothy Blackwell, Sarah Campbell, Jim Eernisse, Ron Gratz, Connor Hess, and Nicholas Robinson, Francisco Sanchez, and Robbin Paige Sharp. Suzanne Curtis is the play’s assistant director, and Cristin Downs is the stage manager.

CTK FALL INSTRUCTION SCHEDULEIMAGI-STAGE for Ages 6 to 10Tuesdays: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18 & 25 IMAGI-STAGE for Ages 11 to 15Thursdays: October 23, 20; November 6, 13 & 20The Imagi-Stage program is a weekly after-school workshop for beginners and veterans which teaches creative dramatics in a practical theatre environment. Students will work on an age-appropriate script, delving into creating characters and learning the basics of stage production. Students will perform the script on the final day of class. Younger students have six sessions; older ones have five sessions. The class takes place at The Emporium Center for the Arts (100 S. Gay St.). Cost for the younger level is $150 per student, and $125 per student for the older level. All Imagi-Stage classes meet from 4 PM to 5:30 PM. PERFORMANCE BASICS for Ages 6 to 10Saturdays: October 25; November 8, 15 & 22Our Saturday “Matinee Club” classes continue with this class which teaches students about the creation of specific and unique characters, using a myriad of theatre games and exercises designed for fun and learning. Students are instructed in topics based on TN Dept. of Education learning expectations for elementary grade levels. Class also includes a backstage tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre. Cost for the 8-hour class is $125 per student. Class meets from 10 AM to 12 PM each Saturday at The Emporium Center for the Arts (100 S. Gay Street). SOLO ACTING & AUDITIONING for Ages 11 to 15Saturdays: October 25; November 8, 15 & 22This class is specifically designed to assist the young actor with self-preparation and auditioning technique. Students will memorize and perfect two monologues, which emphasizes emotional and physical expression and allows students to leave the class with 2 polished audition monologues. Class also includes a backstage tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre. Cost for the 8-hour class is $125 per student. Class meets from 2 PM to 4 PM each Saturday at The Emporium Center for the Arts (100 S. Gay Street). Scholarships are now available for all CTK classes.
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CTK ANNOUNCES TWO NEW RESIDENCIES for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS & SENIOR CITIZENS CTK Artistic Director Jenny Ballard will begin a new in-school residency program at Moreland Heights Elementary School this fall. This pilot program is made possible through funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Students will have a bi-weekly drama class, which will correlate to core curriculum issues. Afterwards, teachers can incorporate CTK instructional programming into their everyday class lessons! Also, CTK Executive Director Zack Allen will begin a new outreach program with Strang Senior Center in January, which will result in a full-scale production in April 2009. Capitalizing on the therapeutic aspects of creative dramatics, the workshop for seniors will help with memory, physical coordination, and self-confidence, as it does with children! THANKS to ALL WHO MADE “TREASURE ISLAND USA” SUCH A SUCCESS! “Treasure Island USA” sold out every performance! When the dust settled, over 550 people saw the play! Thanks to everyone who attended, all who performed, all who worked behind the scenes, and especially all who supported the production financially, CTK had its first smash hit!

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