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Third Thursday Theatre #8: Witness our transformation!

The stage is almost set for Knoxville Theatre Club’s regional premiere of Cindy & Ella, opening TOMORROW NIGHT at Modern Studio! KTC has transformed our stage at Modern Studio into a Dust Bowl-era “broken home.” Madness & Magic! Courage & Darkness! Humor & Sacrifice! Don’t miss this original re-imagining of the classic fairytale!

SEPT 22-23 & 29-30 // ADMISSION: $25, $15, $10, or $5
Learn More and Reserve Tickets at KnoxvilleTheatreClub.org/CindyElla

Stranded in the lifeless heart of Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma, and reeling from the traumatic death of her mother, young Cindy Wicket teeters on the brink of madness. When her scheming Aunt Eudora arrives claiming ownership of the home and authority over Cindy, a turbulent battle of wits and wills ensues. Meanwhile, Eudora’s daughter Ella must wrestle with her own mounting desperation as she watches her hopes for the future vanish beneath dust, dead crops, and her mother’s all-consuming greed. With the arrival of a handsome young man from Chicago offering to buy the land, the stage is set for a final conflict over control of the homestead and the destinies of all who live there.

STARRING

Bonny Pendleton
as Momma Gourd
Raine Palmer
as Ella Gourd
Maria Kauffman
as Cindy Wicket
Chad Wood
as Mr. Price

Written and Directed by
Sara Gaddis &
JP Schuffman


Come say HI during Modern Studio’s OPEN HOUSE during Happy Hollerpalooza, THIS SATURDAY, 9/23 from 12n–5pm.


Next up:

September 24, 2 PM: Full Disclosure Long-Form Improv Workshop

September 24, 7 PM: BlueJazz featuring Katy Free, Wendel Werner & WestWend

September 25, 6-9 PM: Sewing 102 w/Modern Seamstress – Moving Past the Basics

September 26, 7 PM: “Purple Ego,” Latin art & music by the Domino Ensemble

September 27, 8 PM: Full Disclosure Comedy Long-Form Improv Comedy Show

October 1, 3-6 PM: The Trans Empowerment Project of Knoxville presents Trans 101: Standards of Care

Coming soon…

Tiger Lily Theatre presents Fat Big by Neil Labute.
Oct 13–14, 19–21 at 8pm
O
ct 15 & 22 at 2pm

 

Third Thursday Theatre #7: Prepare Thyself for a Sizzlin’ September 🌶🌶🌶

This Sunday is your last chance to catch Lovers & Madmen’s incredible production of Julius Caesar at Modern Studio.

Full Disclosure returns with their long-form improv comedy show on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8 PM, and Knoxville Theatre Club presents an incredible opportunity for Ageless Glory with their first Theatre SLAM! on Friday, August 25 at 8 PM. Full Disclosure returns that Sunday, August 28 to nurture new improv-ers with a long-form improv workshop from 7-9 PM. Watch their event page here!

All of which is in preparation for a fantastic lineup of shows and acts in September. We kick off on First Friday, September 1 with Moving Theatre’s The Office. This gallery exhibition runs from 6-10 PM and includes three performances of the titular (hee hee) short play at 6:30, 7:30 and 9 PM. Then, stick around for the Ooh Ooh Revue’s Desire at 10 PM! Attendees of The Office get 20% off this sexy, sizzlin’ show!

Then, beginning September 15, KPAX is proud to host the Women in Black as they present WALLS: A Play for Palestine.

And that’s just the first half of September! Stay tuned for even MOAR…

 

Third Thursday Theatre #6: Awesome August!

We’re still celebrating the success of Knoxtravaganza 2.0, our second quarterly talent showcase of Knoxville’s finest performing artists! Mark your calendars for the next one on November 18!

Believe it or not, there’s even MORE to get excited about heading into the dog days of summer!

First, this coming Saturday we host Mr. Kevin McDonald (yes, THAT Kevin McDonald) for a night of hybrid comedy and styles with some Knoxville comedy artists of various flavors plus comedic storytelling, a “live interview” segment, sketch comedy and wild improv with a few local improv talents. SURE to be a night to remember with LOTS of LAUGHS! Tickets and more info here!

Full disclosure: sometimes it gets a little weird…

Thennn, Full Disclosure Comedy returns on Sunday, July 23 at 6:30pm with the first in a series of long-form improv workshops, followed by performances on alternating Wednesdays in August. Watch their event page here!

As the temperatures climb into the 90s, Retro Rewind back to the 80s with Ooh Ooh Revue’s First Friday show on August 4th!

Finally, Security gives way to Conspiracy as Lovers & Madmen present their intensely intimate Julius Caesar, Sunday evenings from August 6-20. Purchase advance tickets here!

Coming in September…

Moving Theatre presents The Office
Women in Black presents WALLS: A Play for Palestine
Knoxville Theatre Club presents Cindy & Ella

Fourth Friday Theatre: Take two! 🎬🎬

This July, we’re all about second chances for our audiences to enjoy returning performers!

Full Disclosure Comedy returns Sunday, July 9 at 7pm for another long-form improv workshop, AND their crowd-pleasin’ comedy improv show on Wednesday, July 12 at 8pm.

 

Then, did you miss Waiting for Godot? Fear not! All Campus Theatre presents TWO encore performances:
Saturday, July 8 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 9 at 2:00pm

 

And thennn… 🎉🎉🎉 announcing our second quarterly–

KPAX Variety Show!

Whoop!! On Saturday, July 15 at 7pm, come enjoy complimentary refreshments and check out performances by O.G. KPAX-ers and some new friends! The lineup includes… 🥁🥁🥁

Brandon Gibson

The 5th Woman

Full Disclosure Comedy

Katharine Slowburn

Knoxville Theatre Club

Ooh Ooh Revue

SomeAntics Comedy

Theatre Obsolete

Tiger Lily Theatre

 

Coming in August…

Lovers & Madmen presents Julius Caesar
Knoxville Theatre Club: Theatre Slam!

Modern Studio Features a Hot February

The temperatures are traditionally cold, but Modern Studio is turning up the heat in February! Here’s our announced lineup of events this month:

Valentine’s Day Make & Take: Feb 9. Whether you have someone you love or someone you loathe, join us for this fun filled night of Valentines crafting. Don’t think you are crafty enough? Local artist, Sarah Brobst, will be on hand to lead you through the card crafting process and will have tons of ideas to help you get your message across.

Jubal with Eli FoxFeb 10. Jubal is the americana-folk coalescence of Taylor Kress & Bonnie Simmons based in Knoxville, Tennessee. With two voices and a guitar, Jubal works with simplicity to create an intricate and emotional sound. Joining Jubal will be the immensely talented and precocious Eli Fox Music! Eli’s style will take you on a musical journey to the past, present and future.

Count This Penny: Feb 11.Count This Penny  is a singer-songwriter duo born in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. They have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. 

Angry Dad Gamer Let’s Play LIVEFeb 15. If you watch people play video games online and wonder “hey, I’d like to try that!” this is a great place to start. Host of Angry Dad Gamer’s Twitch/YouTube channels, Victor Agreda will host this “let’s play” event featuring the oddball game hit, I Am Bread.

Chocolate & Wine with Marble City OperaFeb 16. Join members of Marble City Opera for a delightful Valentine’s day feast of chocolate tastings & wine pairings provided by Holly Hambright of Holly’s Eventful Catering, and enjoy vocal serenades by Knoxville’s most talented musicians.

Adeem The Artist with Sanz EnglishFeb 24. We can not wait for this one. Join us on Friday, February 24th for a double dose of excellent songwriters when Adeem The Artist and Sanz English (Joey English) come to Modern Studio!
Drakeford with Travis Bigwood & Aubrey MullinsFeb 25. If you want to know what grace sounds like, this is it. Drakeford’s music is the kind of sound that’s akin to a cold lemonade on a sunny day and warm coffee while hiding from the rain with friends.

February Craft Fair at Modern StudioFeb 26. We’re back with another sampling of local artists and craftspeople from 11am-4pm.

Vertigo: An Evening with Dr. Andy HarnsbergerFeb 26. An interactive concert featuring renowned marimba clinician, recitalist and composer Dr. Andy Harnsberger. The concert will feature original percussion compositions for marimba, as well as an interactive educational component combining lecture with Q&A.

Modern Studio’s January Calendar: Already Amazing

Little did Burke and I know how much Knoxville needed a listening room in the summer of 2016. It’s been a long journey from our initial concept of Modern Studio to this month’s first scheduled events, but we couldn’t be more excited for our starting lineup!

Performances:

Kicking off the month on January 14 is Daje Morris, a wandering poet, and a truth-telling, story-seeking singer-songwriter. She drinks her coffee black, and is often found toeing the lines between introversion, extroversion, and shamelessness. She is deeply devoted to exposing beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms.
Tickets available here!

Then, January 20 it’s a nationwide fundraiser event for the ACLU, What A Joke, featuring local and regional comedians including Alex Stokes and Tyler Sonnichsen.
Tickets available here!

January 27 is Shayla McDaniel and a special show in celebration of her new EP, “26 Letters”! Shayla creates a seamless blend of jazz and alternative pop. The Knoxville, Tennessee, singer-songwriter has performed in the Cre865 Showcase, the official Startup Day afterparty, and live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM. McDaniel has also caught the attention of the Knoxville Music Warehouse, who chose her song “I’ll Leave the Light On” as one of the top 16 songs from Knoxville Artists in 2016.
Tickets available here!

Then, Saturday January 28 we’ve got Zoë Nutt and Devin Badgett bringing some magic to the studio. Zoë Nutt is a storyteller. She likes to tell stories with music and poignant and meaningful lyrics, but it’s perhaps her vocal interpretation of those words that brings her musical tales to life. Simply put, Zoë Nutt is a voice you will not soon forget. Devin Badgett is a super-talented, dynamic singer/songwriter. Busting out bluegrass tunes with Subtle Clutch for years, he now performs his lovely brand of upbeat pop-folk as a solo act. You won’t want to miss this!
Tickets available here!

We may add more shows to January and we’ve already got some great stuff coming up the rest of the year as well. Subscribe to our newsletter, which premieres this month as well, to make sure you hear about all our events first.

Classes & Other Events in January:

  • January 15: Podcast interest group meet up, 5-6pm (Free)
  • January 24: Smartphone Camera Workshop, 6-7pm ($10)
  • January 28: Denim Bootcamp, 10am-6pm ($225, limit 5 students)
  • January 29: Craft Fair (Free to public)
  • January 31: Adulting Class “How to Change Tires”, 6-8pm ($45)

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