August Theater Happenings

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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is at Shakespeare in the Park — enjoy a magical show under the stars!

The wonderful world of theater is alive and well this month in Middle Tennessee. Take in a show with your kids!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Aug. 17 – Sept. 2 | All ages
615-847-0934
lakewoodtheaterco.com
Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. A young girl visits a magical underworld.

THE BURNT PART BOYS

Aug. 17 – Sept. 1 | Ages 10+
615-554-7414
streettheatrecompany.org
Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students. This coming-of-age musical is set in a coal-mining community.

CRY IT OUT

Aug. 16 – 18 | Ages 16+
615-337-7597
cryitoutnashville.org
SistaStyle Productions and Three in a Tree at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $15. Playwright and TV screen writer Molly Smith Metzler’s (“Shameless,” “Casual,” “Orange is the New Black”) comedy with dark edges that takes a look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

HEATHERS

Aug. 31 – Sept. 16 | Ages 14+
615-904-2787
boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Based on the 1989 film, Weterberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest an cruelest girls in all of Ohio.

NEWSIES

Aug. 10 – 26 | All ages
615-332-7529
circleplayers.net
Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. (plus 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 16 & 23) $20 ages 3+ ($15 on Thursdays). This musical is set in turn-of-the-city New York City with a story that inspires people to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK:
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Aug. 9 – Sept. 9 | All ages
nashvilleshakes.org
Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Centennial Park Bandshell, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. Thu – Sun 7:30 p.m. (plus Monday, Sept. 3); pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. Shakespeare’s comedy explores the duality of love in a magical world that asks, “If we are in love, are we ever in control?”

SISTER ACT

Aug. 2 – 25 | Ages 8+
615-646-9977 
dinnertheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. (plus Sunday, Aug. 19 at 12 p.m.). $60 adults, $30 youth. A disco diva who witnesses a murder is put into protective custody in a convent.

Catch Olde Worlde Theatre’s “Three Billy Goats Gruff” at The Belcourt every Saturday in August.

SOUTH PACIFIC

Aug. 3 – 18 | Ages 10+
615-791-5007
pull-tight.com
Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. This timeless musical features parallel love stories and themes of military camaraderie.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Aug. 10 – 19 | Ages 12+
615-904-2787
boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 &- 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. During the course of two years, six women gather in a beauty parlor to discuss everything from favorite recipes to death.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Aug. 16 – Sept. 1 | Ages 12+
615-883-8375
thelarrykeetontheatre.org
The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 – $30 adults, $15 – $20 ages 12 & younger. During the course of two years, six women gather in a beauty parlor to discuss everything from favorite recipes to death.

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF &
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

Saturdays, Aug. 4 – 25 | All ages
615-300-0374
oldeworldetheatre.com
Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10. Kids can experience two stories with a new colorful, interactive twist.

TITANIC

Aug. 10 – 25 | All ages
615-563-2787
artscenterofcc.com
The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. This musical is based upon the world’s most famous shipwreck.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

Aug. 11 – Sept. 9 | Ages 0 – 5
615-252-4675
nashvillect.org
Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Tue – Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 9 & 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $10. NCT’s brand-new Snuggery program takes a familiar story and invites little ones into an immersive, interactive environment.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Aug. 10 – 25 | Ages 10+
615-221-1174
townecentretheatre.com
Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu – Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. The Vanderhof family at the center of this comedy is a collection of cheerful and erratic (yet lovable) incompetents.

 

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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