Every one of us has a story.
The Clarence Brown Theatre has had the pleasure of telling countless stories on our stages for 50 years, and now we want to hear from you! In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we are starting a program called CBT Stories, a collection of memories, experiences, and celebrations submitted by you our patrons, students, artists, and staff members all about the special place that the Clarence Brown Theatre holds in our lives.
Perhaps you have a story of a memorable first visit, a comedic tall tale that is stranger than fiction, or a reflection recounting a specific production that truly opened your awareness of the world. We will collect these stories and in the coming months present them as monologues performed by our student and faculty actors.
Here are the guidelines for story submissions:
- It can be as long as it needs to be, but remember Polonius’s sage advice:
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
- It should be a true story.
- The story should be personal, involving an experience at the theatre that has profoundly
- We will not censor any portion of the story for content, but you must keep in mind that it
will be performed. Our team may also edit the material in order to fit within the chosen performance medium.
Each of these monologues will be shared on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on this page. Scroll down to view each episode, and please check back over the next year to celebrate 50 years of creating meaningful stories, both on stage and off.
Send story submission emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A surprise first visit to the theatre with his father leaves a lasting impression on a future staff member.
Poor Silvia has to tell grown-ups everything in this patron’s charming story about her granddaughter’s first viewing of
A Christmas Carol.
A former undergraduate reflects on his memorable experience working with the legendary Zoe Caldwell on Medea in 1982.
A patron recounts her father’s favorite stories from his time on stage with Anthony Quayle and working in the scene shop with Bob Cothran.
Gotta love live theatre! Take a step into the sound booth in this story submitted by a patron and former student who took a scene-stealing turn as the sound board operator for our production of Oliver!
A long-time patron reflects on his experiences seeing Hamlet, first on screen starring Richard Burton and John Cullum in 1964 all the way to our most recent 2020 production.
An undergraduate recalls his first tour of the theatre and the ghostly Christmas Carol scenic element that he will never forget.
When Anthony Quayle became an artist-in-residence in 1974, it set this patron on a life-long journey of treasuring professional theatre from Knoxville to Broadway.
A volunteer remembers the Million Dollar Quartet post-show actor talkback and Tony Award-winner Levi Kreis’ touching message of gratitude.
Find out who really stole the show in The Merchant of Venice as this patron teaches us how theatre is a cross between church and a circus.
This staff member’s first day of work was slightly more eventful than expected. The theatre truly is a family, and one that only occasionally sets appliances on fire…
A patron shares her family’s three-generation-long connection with the Clarence Brown Theatre, from her aunt’s classes with John Cullum to her son’s memorable roles in A Christmas Carol.
A patron services staff member tells us how putting their name on the waiting list at the box office years ago lead to the best job they’ve ever had.
This patron’s story reminds us that the Clarence Brown is a great introduction to experiencing live
theatre and that it’s never too late to become a theatre enthusiast.
Brush up on your bad Cockney accent and reminisce about our giant Ghost of Christmas Future puppet that struck yuletide fear in the hearts of our patrons, young and old.
This patron’s story about seeing A Christmas Carol through the eyes of middle school students reminds us that theatre is a valuable educational resource for our community.
Ever wonder what exactly goes on backstage during a show? Just follow these rules: never eat or drink in costume, never miss an entrance cue, and never let your feathered co-star out of its cage!
Now do I take the sardines…or leave the sardines? Look back at the hijinks and hilarity of one of our favorite comedies: Noises Off!
This patron was lucky enough to receive a crash course in building theatrical scenery from former scene shop supervisor Marty Cooke during our production of Kiss Me, Kate.
Your first visit to the theatre is always a magical experience, especially when you run into Scrooge himself at the opening night reception!
Are you curious about the longest-held superstition of the theatre? Saying the M-word inside the theatre is a risky choice, because the play itself has been cursed since its first production