Black Box Theatre
By William Shakespeare
As translated and updated by Orson Scott Card
Shakespeare raucous comedy sports a "hotsy totsy" new look in FHU's "roaring" production. Katherina and Petruchio go 9 rounds in "The Stray Cat" speakeasy before an audience of "grundies," "tomatoes," and "hayseeds!" A battle of the sexes set in an era of flappers, coonskin coats, and ukuleles. A cast of FHU students and local alumni bring this raucous comedy to life. Directed by Cliff Thompson and designed by J. David Galloway.
Book by Thomas Meehan. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Based on “Little Orphan Annie”
No musical embodies the American “can do” spirit, like Annie. Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a spunky, red-headed orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Full of iconic 1930s characters, Anniereminds us to never give up because “tomorrow is only a day away.” FHU’s production features Chester County children as orphans and the amazing Eden Burleson in the title role. Directed by Cliff Thompson, Gary McKnight, Tansy Matheny, and Becky Hartle. Designed by Brandyn Graves.
By Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. This wonderfully inventive comedy features four fearless actors, playing 130 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Directed by Alec Wimmer. Designed by Brandyn Graves.
By Scott Z. Burns
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Inspired in part by the 1999 Columbine shooting, Burns’ powerful play doesn’t try to explain such tragedies. Rather, as the New York Times observed, he challenges the audience to consider “how such events warp and contaminate those who survive them." Directed by Chloe Kraus. Designed by Brandyn Graves.
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Henderson, TN 38340
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5565 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
855 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
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