Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in September. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.
August 9- September 9
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare’s classical comedy explores the duality of love in a magical, transformative production that asks: if we are in love are we ever in control?
Showtimes: Thurs-Sun 7:30p.m. at Centennial Park. Tickets aren’t needed but a $10 donation is suggested. Learn more at nashvilleshakes.org.
August 11-September 9
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Nashville Children’s Theatre
Showtimes are Tues-Fri at 10 a.m. Sat at 9a.m./11a.m./1p.m. and Sun at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and available at nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
August 31-September 9
“There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand.” Pushing the limits of science and morality in his search for love and purpose, Victor Frankenstein unleashes a creation that he cannot control. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, join us for a heartfelt new stage adaptation by A.S. Peterson (The Battle of Franklin) that will leave you pondering your own sense of belonging long after the lights come up.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and available at studiotenn.com
August 31-September 16
Center for the Arts
Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. Rated R
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available at boroarts.org
Artist Community Theatre
The timeless story is being brought to life at Mt. View Baptist Church Auditorium in Antioch.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. for each performance.Tickets start at $12 and available at tickets.com
Nashville Repertory Theatre
Who says puppet shows are just for kids? Join the Rep on a musical tour through Avenue Q, where humans and puppets alike confront the everyday challenges of adult life: falling in love, finding your purpose, and fighting the urge to stay in your apartment forever. Packed with irreverent numbers such as “It Sucks to Be Me,” this musical will have you crying with laughter, nodding in agreement, and wondering just when you started to care so much about the personal lives of puppets.
Showtimes: Wed/Thurs at 6:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50 and available at TPAC.org
School of Rock the Musical
School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “fists of all ages shall be pumping!”
Showtimes: Tues/Weds/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m. Sun at 1:30 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available at TPAC.org
September 13-September 30
Hendersonville Theatre Company
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at hpactn.com
September 13-October 7
Nashville Children’s Theatre
After adventuring beyond her white picket fence, “good girl” Winnie Foster meets the energetic teenager Jesse Tuck, who leads her on an unexpected, magical journey. Soon she is faced with an extraordinary question: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, this heartfelt Broadway musical is full of soaring melodies and mischief.
Showtimes: Fri at 7:00 p.m. Sat/Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and are available at NCT.org
September 14-September 23
Encore Theatre Company
Seeking to escape the demands of life in London, Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, an aspiring playwright, discover a charming house in the west of England, overlooking the Irish Sea. The house, Cliff End, has long been empty, and they are able to purchase it at a suspiciously low price from crusty Commander Brooke, the village curmudgeon. The reason is soon apparent: The house has an unsavory reputation. Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred by the gnarled tree that can be viewed from the parlor window. Slowly the Fitzgeralds begin to sense the evil spirit that still inhabits the house, announcing its presence with a sudden, bone-chilling cold. Their housekeeper’s cat will not enter the nursery, where the sound of a weeping woman adds to the tense atmosphere, and the scent of a flowery, exotic perfume called mimosa comes and goes. The village doctor, the local gossip, and a former governess visit, with strange stories of the beautiful Mary Meredith, who once lived in the house and of the striking, unstable Carmel, who posed for a painting that led to her destruction. With the help of Mary’s daughter, Stella, a beautiful young girl whose mysterious birth holds the key to the puzzle, and a seance arranged by an actress friend of the Fitzgeralds, Cliff End is forced, at last, to reveal its dark secrets. The action then builds steadily to a truly terrifying climax, in which the ghost is discovered to be not only real but dangerous.
The man of the house has lost his mind. Orgon has been taken for a ride by the devious Tartuffe, who charms his way into his household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family’s fortune. Will he get wise to the con before it’s too late? Molière spins faux-religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy in this hilarious and biting satire, one of the world’s great plays. Considered by many to be Moliere’s strongest and funniest work, Tartuffeis a raging romp of a farce produced in partnership with Lipscomb’s French Department. September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm in Flatt Amphitheatre.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and are available at lipscomb.org
A cherished favorite for ballet connoisseurs and an instant hit for novices, Swan Lake returns to Nashville Ballet to open the season with a dazzling fresh take on the classical masterpiece. Featuring choreographic updates from Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling and striking new costumes, this enchanting romance attempts to answer the timeless question – can true love conquer all?
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available at TPAC.org
The Ryman Diaries
Center for the Arts
The true-to-life tale of riverboat captain Tom Ryman and his wife, Bettie Baugh Ryman. The couple, beginning their lives with an unlikely romance, ended up raising seven children on a riverboat. Entrepreneur Tom Ryman experienced God at Christian revival, and famously went on to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle, later known as Ryman Auditorium. Rated G
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sun at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available at boroarts.org
September 27-October 1
The Boys in the Band
Jeffrey Ellis Presents
Nine Nashville area actors have been cast in the upcoming production of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band, which will play six performances at The Barbershop Theatre, 4003 Indiana Avenue, in a production helmed by veteran director Jeffrey Ellis, who is known throughout Tennessee as a leading theater journalist and critic. The Boys in the Band, which recently closed its acclaimed revival production on Broadway, was first produced off-Broadway in 1968, thus making this year the play’s 50th anniversary. Ellis is producing The Boys in the Band under the aegis of his eponymous Jeffrey Ellis Presents production company, which is also responsible for The First Night Honors and Midwinter’s First Night.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 2:30 p.m. Learn more information here.