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Opened by a group of local high school and college students in 1975 (10 years after the formation of Circuit Playhouse) this venue has developed into a fine professional theater. It features a repertory group of actors appearing primarily in major Broadway plays and musicals. Each Christmas season it puts on a production of Peter Pan. The location, near the Overton Square Entertainment District, makes it easy to make an evening of dinner and the theater.
This tiny theater in the entertainment area of Overton Square serves as a venue for a number of small performing arts groups. The arrangement allows these cutting-edge groups to survive without having to come up with the funding for permanent facilities, which greatly increases the variety of productions available in Memphis. Some of the groups that stage productions in Theatreworks are the Memphis Black Repertory Theatre and Voices of the South, a group specializing in plays by and about women.
What could be better than nature combined with music and entertainment? Enjoy the outdoors and live music in Overton Park, a small shell theater where Elvis once played that hosts concerts in the summer. Listen to jazz, classical or blues music while you gaze at the stars. Occasionally, old films are shown and live performances are hosted here. This is a great place to take children, since there is lots of room for them to play and use their imaginations.
The venue for TheatreWorks, a voluntary organization, the Evergreen Theatre is a multi-purpose venue. Drama, musicals, concerts, ballet performances and much more is staged here on a regular basis. Various classes and workshops organized by TheatreWorks are held at Evergreen too. This theater with a seating capacity of 725, can also be rented for private events. For schedule and exact technical specifications, call ahead.
Minglewood Hall is a versatile venue that plays host to almost all kinds of events. Set in a former bread factory, this is one of the major event venues in the city. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment, this hall makes a great venue for gigs, corporate functions and even private celebrations. Most commonly used for concerts and stage shows, this space is good for catching a well-scripted play as well.
Michael D. Rose Theatre located on the campus of the University of Memphis serves as a performing arts center for the students and faculty of the same. The theater perennially puts up performances by the students and local dances, recitals and concerts. It has a seating capacity of approximately 900 people and is available for social and cultural programs.
There is no telling who you will find playing at this historic theater on Beale Street, home of the blues. Most often, it is an act influenced by the blues, an up-and-coming band, or an alternative rock band. This small venue lets concert goers get close and seats offer great views of the stage. After a concert, wander down Beale Street for a drink or a different variety of live music to top off your evening's entertainment.