CBT Theatre Thursdays is a new digital initiative designed to help bring theatre education to the East Tennessee Community. This program aims to provide enriching cultural and educational content to our area youth and lifelong learners who are looking for ways to stay artistically engaged. Each month we will dive into a small section of a play and explore what goes into making that piece of theatre come to life! From conversations and mini video tutorials with directors, dramaturgs, designers, performers, prop artisans, costumers, and more we hope to inspire people to create theatre at home!
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Sweeney Todd: Special Treat!
No tricks, just treats! Watch all things Sweeney, with a special interview with Dale Dickey and Micah-Shane Brewer as they look back at their time working together on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!
Act Up: Representation Matters
The stories we tell on stage and the voices who tell them are critical in creating an authentic theatrical experience that can bring about change and push forward social movements for the greater good. Join us as costume designer and MFA alumni Nicole Jescinth Smith talks about the importance of capturing the authenticity of the costumes in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and how important it is to continue to elevate and celebrate the stories of Black artists today.
Bill Black: Costuming From Page to Stage
Special edition of Theatre Thursdays as we honor one of the CBT’s most influential figures, costume designer Bill Black. Learn about Bill’s penchant for Shakespeare, his eye for detail, and the shared memories they all hold over Bill’s 44 years at the University of Tennessee.
Around the World in 80 Days: Circles of Light
Grab your passports as we prepare to explore Around the World in 80 Days! Join us as CBT resident artist David Alley who played Detective Fix, interviews lighting designer and UT alum, Maranda DeBusk and learn how she was able to help take the audience and actors around the world with lights!
Airness: The Final Fairy Dust
Airness by Chelsea Marcantel! Join us as Brady Moldrup as he dives into the post-show production logistics with director Steve Sherman and editors Joe Payne and Chandler Oppenheimer. Learn about some of the challenges they faced, the fun they had, and how they worked to piece it all together to raise the bar with this hybrid production.
Calvin MacLean: A Legacy of Laughter
We’re featuring a special legacy series to celebrate our Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean in his farewell season by exploring the plays he has directed during his 15 year tenure. Join host and Knoxville favorite David Alley along with some more special guests as we explore all the ways Cal made us smile, laugh, and tap our toes with the musicals and comedies he staged—and even performed in—on our stages.
Top Girls: Hitting the Right Note
Taking a look back at our 2017 Lab Theatre production of Top Girls. Our resident sound engineer and designer Mike Ponder stops by to illuminate his process of capturing the specific rhythm of each production and why each play is like a piece of music.
Calvin MacLean: A Legacy of Collaboration
Join Managing Director Tom Cervone along with some very special guests, as we revisit some of the biggest and boldest undertakings Cal MacLean has brought to life in our stages through the partnership with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra!
Costumes of Starstuff
How can costumes help create a familiar world while also demonstrating the power and magic of Starstuff? Costume designer Erin Reed shares her inspirations for Peter and the Starcatcher.