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DIVAS AND DESSERTS

 ETC Offers Up Some SWEET Entertainment

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will kickoff its partnership with Barking Legs Theater by hosting a mini-FUN-raising event on February 26th.  “As we redefine who we are, what we offer and how we offer it, we were really just looking for something new and out of the box.  An event where an experience could be had and the many talents of some of our ensemble could be displayed. Something that was unique to what other groups offer,” mentions Executive Director Garry Lee Posey.  Such became DIVAS AND DESSERTS. 

DIVAS AND DESSERTS is a 90-minute event featuring homemade desserts, wine, and an evening of performances from some of the leading female impersonators in our area. Each of these events will be built around a theme, and many of the entertainers are regulars on the ETC stage. While alcohol will be present, the performances will be family friendly. The theme for February 26th is BROADWAY BABIES. Our entertainers will be preparing and performing numbers that you may recognize from New York, the big screen, or television. Event organizer and Associate Artistic Director for ETC Ryan Laskowski says, “We will have live singing, some dancing and of course some of the tightest lip synchs in the city.” Performers include Allysa Paige, T’yana Montice, “Sweet T” and Alexiya St. Martin.
  
  1. FEBRUARY 26
    DIVAS AND DESSERTS
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
ALSO COMING SOON...
DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Our next main stage production is the 1990 Tony Award winning play "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel. Stay tuned to this page or our Facebook page for dates, time, and location.
  1. MARCH 8
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  2. MARCH 9
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  3. MARCH 10
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  4. MARCH 15
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  5. MARCH 16
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  6. MARCH 17
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404

Previously at ETC. . .

Next to Normal
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey | Music by Tom Kitt

     The story of Next to Normal centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The musical also addresses the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. The musical was the recipient of several accolades prior to its Off Broadway debut, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score and Drama Desk Awards nominations for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Virginia from November 2008 to January 2009.

      The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was RENT in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals."

      NEXT TO NORMAL has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century and its soundtrack one of the best original soundtracks in a musical due to its graceful handling of its dark, complex subject matter and its moving and brutally honest exploration into pain.

      ETC is excited to be able to present this show to our community, "how we grieve is such an important facet in our lives today, especially when we don't allow ourselves that opportunity as much as we probably should," mentions Garry Lee Posey who will be directing this production for ETC.

      Featuring musical direction by Terry Sanford and a cast that includes ETC veterans Ryan Laskowski (RUMORS, FALSETTOS), Kyle Dagnan (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, GODSPELL) and Normand Caissie (GODSPELL) along with community favorites Mary Beth Torgerson, Megan Cobb and Joseph Watts. Stage manager is ETC veteran Marcia Parks (RUMORS, Casting the Canvas)

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