After A 5-Year Absence, Ripple Theatre Reopens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Since 2000, Ripple Productions, a non-profit theater company, has used theatrical productions and some short film to fulfill its mission, exploring the human experience from a Christian point of view. 

Growing out of a local church as a small video-based ministry idea in early 2000, Ripple soon turned to a live production and by 2009 staged more than 35 plays in venues throughout Chattanooga, including Memorial Auditorium and McKenzie Arena.  

Productions included the Angel Dimension, Last Train to Nibroc, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Nighthawks, Where He Lies, That You May Believe, Two From Galilee, Screwtape Letters and others. 

In 2008 Ripple purchased the theater space located at 3264 Brainerd Road, formally the Backstage Dinner Theater, and in 2009 staged a six production season in this 85 seat theater, attracting more than 5,500 people and creating a large following. 

And then the rains came.  The storms overwhelmed the little building.  From January 2010 to present Ripple has been weathering both the storms of water and the economy, saving and raising funds, repairing as time and support materialized, and praying for God's leading, said officials. 

Today, after nearly a five-year absence, Ripple Theater is reopening.  In addition to a theater space, the building will now be organized to host more than just theatrical shows.  It is ready to hold classes, events, meetings, and other gatherings and function as both a performing arts venue and a community center. 



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