October Theater and Dance

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The Broadway tour of "The Play that Goes Wrong" is on stage at TPAC Oct. 9-14, plus lots more this month!

One of our favorite things about fall is the boost in theater and dance productions on stages across Middle Tennessee. Mark your calendars for these goodies:

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Oct. 11 – 27 | Ages 16+
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. This musical comedy is about a fictional spelling bee in a middle school. The show contains adult language.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Through Oct. 13 | Ages 8+
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. Experience Agatha Christie’s best-selling murder mystery live on stage.

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

Oct. 13 – Nov. 3 | Ages 14+
615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org
Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed – Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $25 – $52.50. In this play, a broken family must confront the complexities of feminism and the price of independence.

DRACULA: THE UNDEAD

Oct. 5 – 21 | Ages 12+
615-847-0934
lakewoodtheatre.org
Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. The story of Count Dracula comes to life on stage.

FALLING OUT

Oct. 12 – 13 | Ages 12+
615-350-7200
ozartsnashville.org
OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Fri 8 p.m., Sat 7 p.m. $60. Phantom Limb Productions uses puppetry, video, music, flex dance and Butoh swirling in a delicate installation prompting questions about humans in relationship with the planet.

HAIR

Oct. 5 – 21 | Ages 10+
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. $10 – $20. Celebrating the ‘60s counterculture, this musical explores the ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace.

HANSEL & GRETEL

Saturdays, Oct. 20 – Nov. 10 | All ages
615-300-0374
oldeworldetheatre.com
Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10. Kids can experience a unique twist on a classic tale.

JEKYLL & HYDE

Oct. 5 – 21 | Ages 10+
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. An evocative tale of a doctor with a dark secret.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, “The Phantom of the Opera,” returns to TPAC Oct. 24 – Nov. 4.

LA TRAVIATA

Oct. 4 & 6 | Ages 12+
615-782-4040
nashvilleopera.org

Nashville Opera at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Sat 8 p.m. $20 – $99. Verdi’s opera brings to life the bittersweet human quest for love and redemption.

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

Oct. 12 – 28 | All ages
615-893-9825
mltarts.com

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sun 7 p.m. $10. This outdoor youth production weaves the tale of Ichabod Crane.

LEND ME A TENOR

Oct. 5 – 20| 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. A show full of mistaken identities, romantic complications and slamming doors.

NEWSIES

Oct. 25 – 27 | All ages
cytnashville.org
CYT Nashville at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu – Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $14 at the door. Disney’s musical set in turn-of-the-century New York City is about people fighting for what’s right.

NEWSIES

Through Oct. 20 | All ages
615-646-9977
dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $60 adults, $30 youth. This musical is set in turn-of-the-century New York City with a story that inspires people to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

NIGHT OF THE TEENAGE ZOMBIES

Oct. 26 – Nov. 4 | Ages 12+
615-598-8950
encore-theatre-company.org
Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. It’s a teenage zombie takeover, and it’s up to high school senior Mackenzie Thomas to defend the town.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Oct. 24 – Nov. 4 | All ages
615-782-4040
tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $65 – $105. Experience Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Oct. 9 – 14 | Ages 10+
615-782-4040
tpac.org
Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $40 – $85. A classic murder mystery full of mishaps and madcap mania. It’s Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Oct. 18 – 20 | Ages 12+
nashvilleballet.com
Nashville Ballet and Ten Out of Tenn at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $30 – $72. Christopher Stuart’s original production exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Saturday, Oct. 20 | Ages 12+
nashvilleshakes.org
Nashville Shakespeare Festival at a surprise location — ticket holders will receive a text 24 hours in advance with the location. 2 p.m. $10. Kim Bretton directs the Bard’s comedy in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinsmith into thinking he’s a nobleman, too.

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

Oct. 4 – 14 | Ages 10+
blackbirdtheater.com
Blackbird Theater at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $17.50 – $25. This original comedic thriller brings together prominent historical figures to form a utopia.

WAIT UNTIL DARK

Oct. 11 – 20 | Ages 12+
actorspointtheatre.com
Actors Point Theatre at GodWhy Church, 100 GodWhy Court, Hendersonville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $13 – $27. A blind woman becomes the target of three con men searching for heroin hidden in a doll.

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

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