The city’s Education, Arts & Culture Department announced the first event scheduled in the newly renovated Community Theatre upstairs at the Memorial Auditorium. Following the Community Theatre’s grand rededication on Thursday, Feb. 28, Closed Door Entertainment will kick off its 2013 season on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, with three performances of “The Foreigner.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.
This two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue has become a favorite of both professional and amateur theatre. “The Foreigner” earned two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.
Closed Door Entertainment is a community theater group founded in 2006 by executive director J.C. Smith. After its first production at Barking Legs Theatre that year under the name M.M. Productions, CDE produced one show at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and then found a home at the Catoosa County Colonnade in 2008.
Since then, CDE has presented over 40 productions including “Annie,” “Camelot,” “Rent,” “The Music Man,” “White Christmas,” “My Fair Lady” and “Grease.” It also provides live entertainment to those who would otherwise be unable to buy tickets, by donating tickets to organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Hosanna House. CDE offers theatrical opportunities to stage enthusiasts of all kinds, from carpenters, set designers and painters, to singers, dancers and actors.
$16-$20 • Friday & Saturday, • March 8-9 • Community Theatre • Memorial Auditorium • 399 McCallie Ave. • (423) 642-TIXS • chattanoogaonstage.com