Closed Door Entertainment Opens 2013 Season On March 8 And 9 At Memorial Auditorium

Productions To Include The Foreigner!, Sound of Music, Into The Woods, Spring Awakening, And Les Miserables

Friday, February 22, 2013

Closed Door Entertainment is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2006 by J.C. Smith to promote the arts by providing opportunities for a diverse group of artists: singers, dancers, actors, artists, and builders.  

In its seventh year, CDE has grown into a significant company of artistic designers, set designers, costume designers, choreographers, directors, and orchestral personnel.  Offering both traditional and cutting edge modern productions, CDE is producing a new brand of entertainment that stems from a passion of musical theatre and drama.  

With the Tivoli and Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga as its venues, it has produced over 40 productions including Annie, Camelot, Rent, The Music Man, White Christmas, My Fair Lady and Grease. Investing in its local community, Closed Door Entertainment donates tickets to several charities including Big Brother/Big Sister and Hosanna House.  For more information or to subscribe to their newsletter, visit www.cdoorent.com.

Productions for the 2013 season include The Foreigner!, Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening and Les Miserables. Season tickets are available at www.chattanoogaonstage.com. For audition information, please visit Closed Door Entertainment at www.cdoorent.com.  All shows offer packages for school matinees (North Georgia and Hamilton County).  For information about scheduling a show for your school, contact the Executive Director J.C. Smith.

Opening the season is The Foreigner!, a story of Charlie Baker, an Englishman who travels to America and stays in a southern bed and breakfast. Thinking he can speak no English, hilarious comedy ensues as visitors to the inn share their life stories with him and a web of deceit and exposure are woven into the texture of his visit. He experiences the reality of life in that small world:  English lessons from a half-wit, harassment from a backwoods property inspector, the affection of an ex-debutante, and the deceiving character of a smooth-talking preacher!  Can he save the day?  Will his cover be blown?  Starring Paul Stone, Andrew Boone, Grace Kling, Darlene Stone, J. C. Smith, Andrew Stone and Mark Morgan, this is a must-see production. 

Performances will be given at Memorial Auditorium on March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 9.  Tickets may be purchased at www.chattanoogaonstage.com or by calling the box office at 423 642-TIXS (8497).

Sound of Music is musical theatre at its best and needs no introduction.  It is a timeless show and contains the final work of Oscar Hammerstein of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Performances will be given at the Tivoli Theater on March 21 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on March 23 at 1 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at www.chattanoogaonstage.com or by calling the box office at 423 642-TIXS (8497).



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