Theatre Listings: June 2018

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Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in June. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.


June 1
Anne Frank & Me
Act Too Players

This multiple national award-winning American classic, which was a hit in New York, is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face to face with the hell of the Holocaust, and-in an extraordinary sequence-meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. We start out with Nicole in today’s teen world of MTV. Hip-hop dancing, unfinished homework assignments, and young love are all transported with her to Nazi-occupied Paris, 1942 to 1944, and then are brought forward again to the light and hope of the present.

Showtimes: Fri at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $13 and available at


June 1-3
Studio Tenn

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. Studio Tenn brings the too-cool-for-school “T-Birds” and smoking hot “Pink Ladies” to the Jamison Theatre, paying tribute to a cult classic that has influenced every generation. A show immersed in bright lights, big colors and a showcase of songs that are sure to rock the jukebox, Grease adds the perfect amount of lighthearted laughter to balance the scales of the Studio Tenn season. This rocking musical paying homage to the fifties will take audiences back to a time of drive-in movies, malted milk shakes and the age-old desire to be rebellious. So put on your poodle skirts, grab your saddle shoes and join Studio Tenn in this 2017-2018 season finale where Grease is always the word!

Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and available at


June 1-3
Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet lifts the curtain on the creative process with its popular Emergence series, inviting the public into its studio to experience a piece of art only 12 hours in the making. See what happens when up-and-coming choreographers embrace their creative instincts in a rapid-fire rehearsal process. This season’s edition will feature a musical collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe, recreating the intimacy of the world-renowned listening room at Nashville Ballet.

Showtimes are Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $28 and available at

June 1-10
Blew Texas
Encore Theatre Company

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, written by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas—four doublewides and a shed—are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. You will meet Joveeta Crumpler, her alcohol-loving feisty mother, Caprice, and her good-ol’-boy brother, Baby Crumpler. Georgia Dean is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat; Big Ethel Satterwhite’s clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village are making her crazy, and her mule-headed husband, O.C. shows far more affection for his BarcaLounger than he does for Big Ethel. Haywood Sloggett loathes their “trailer-trash” ways. But these friends, enemies, and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they—and their way of life—have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by “the big guys.”

Showtimes: Thur/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

June 1-17
Beauty And The Beast
Circle Players

Be Our Guest! Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with several new songs.The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and available at

June 2-3
Avenue Q the Musical: School Edition
Act Too Players

A puppet-filled comedy follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Showtimes: Sat at 12:00 p.m. and Sun at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and available at

June 2-3
West Side Story
Act Too Players

Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern day New York City as two young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, relevant musical dramas of our time.

Showtimes: Sat 7:30p.m. Sun 12:00p.m. and Sat/Sun at 4:00p.m. Tickets start at $13 and are available at

June 5-10

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna- a waitress and expert pie-maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Showtimes: Tues/Weds/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. and Sat at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and available at

June 7-10
Little Shop of Horrors
Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination! – MTI

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are available by calling 615-797-1154

June 8-16
Kimberly Akimbo
Verge Theater Company

Being a teenager is hard, and with progeria and a family like this it’s amazing Kimberly has made it to 16. Sometimes, when the adults can’t help, you just gotta make your own happy ending.

Showtimes: Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Cards only, no cash.

June 8-24
The Little Mermaid
Center for the Arts

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 available at

June 15-24
Vanya and Sonia Masha and Spike
Murfreesboro Little Theater

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house.

Showtimes: Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and available at

June 16
Pop-UpRight Shakespeare: The Tempest
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare is going to be popping up in some surprising places: a building you thought was empty, a home by the river, a historical site – we’ll give you clues, but you won’t know where until the day before the show!  Next up is Shakespeare’s magical, The Tempest directed by Natalie Risk, a tale complete with a shipwreck, fantastical creatures, a powerful magician, and young love.

Showtime is 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at

June 19-24
Love Never Dies

This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Nashville. This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera.” Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, “Probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”

Showtimes: Tues/Weds/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. and Sat at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and available at

June 21-30
Paper Bag Princess

Based on the Book by Robert Munsch, this original musical comedy follows Princess Elizabeth as she sets off on an adventure to rescue Prince Ronald. This girl power fairy tale shows us that all happily ever afters don’t look the same, and joy and strength can be found within!

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and available at

June 22-30
Woven Theatre Company

At 13, Ursa, Hannah, Linney, and Maeve live in their own world of basements, secrets, and backyard ghosts — until the last sleepover of the summer. High school looms, with the promise and threat of reinvention, and the group fractures when shifting beliefs and identities collide in a traumatic accident that none of them can explain. Four years later, questions and accusations fly as the survivors revisit the scene of the “crime” and try to understand what happened, what has been lost, and who they are now.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 on 

June 22-July 7
Measure for Measure
ACT 1 Players

The play’s main themes include justice, “mortality and mercy in Vienna,” and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” Mercy and virtue prevail, as the play does not end tragically, with virtues such as compassion and forgiveness being exercised at the end of the production. While the play focuses on justice overall, the final scene illustrates that Shakespeare intended for moral justice to temper strict civil justice: a number of the characters receive understanding and leniency, instead of the harsh punishment to which they, according to the law, could have been sentenced.


Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at

June 29
Shining Stars
CoPlayers Theatre

Co Players first ever summer camp teaching youth the basics of acting, singing and dancing from Nashville’s top professionals will hold a showcase on June 29!

Admission is $12 at the door.