Playhouse on the Square Celebrates 50 Years With A Blowout Weekend of Events
Ed. Note: Contributor Aisling is here to tell us all about Playhouse on the Square’s big 50th anniversary weekend, November 15-17, 2019. There are parties, tours, a gala, and opening shows for this year’s run of Peter Pan. Get your tickets and celebrate half a century of theater in Memphis!
Memphians love theater, whether collegiate, community or professional. And one of the city’s most beloved theaters, Playhouse on the Square, is celebrating half a century of entertaining locals with riveting stage performances.
The only Memphis theater with a resident company of professional actors, POTS, as its known locally, has been staging high-quality productions since 1969. To date, the company has produced more than 1,200 productions, including Ragtime, Les Miserables, Evita, Godspell, Hair, Annie, and Kinky Boots.
POTS will celebrate its anniversary with a blow-out weekend of celebrations from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17.
The festivities will get underway Friday evening with Playhouse on the Square Alumni Night, which will take place across the street at the Circuit Playhouse, where it all began back in the day. All are invited to enjoy an evening in “Old Playhouse” with staff and company members from the past 50 years. The scene shop, dressing rooms, stage, auditorium, and former offices are open for tours and walks down Memory Lane. The event will include a reception with live entertainment by Bueler’s Day Off in The Memphian Room and food from Heart and Soul Catering. Admission is $50.
BBQ & Bus Tour
On Saturday, hop on the BBQ & Bus Tour, where you’ll tour the state-of-the-art Playhouse at the corner of Cooper and Union, built in 2010. Then take a bus tour to check out all the buildings and Memphis landmarks that Playhouse on the Square and The Circuit Playhouse once called home, and dine on food and drinks provided by Central BBQ. Admission is $10.
50th Birthday Gala
Saturday night, the organization will host its first-ever anniversary gala at Minglewood Hall, to toast to the past and celebrate the future of live theatre in the Bluff City. The gala will feature live entertainment by recording artist Brennan Villines, recently featured on Fox’s The Four and NBC’s The Voice.
In addition, guests can expect special appearances from Mary Hollis Inboden of Lifetime’s American Princess and award-winning playwright and actor Evan Linder, whose play, Byhalia, Mississippi, was recently honored with a three-week engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington. Tickets to the gala start at $200.
Peter Pan Family Day
On Sunday, Playhouse on the Square will celebrate with Peter Pan Family Day. Peter Pan at POTS has become an annual Memphis holiday tradition. The cast of Peter Pan invites Memphians of all ages to enjoy an interactive tour of Neverland. Young audiences will learn “I Won’t Grow Up” with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, practice sword fighting with Captain Hook, participate in a crocodile race, and take photos with the cast on stage. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs and enjoy lunch by Huey’s Burgers and Brews. Admission is $10.
Get to know the theater community during the celebrations, and be sure to get your tickets to Peter Pan, which opens November 15 and runs through December 29 at Playhouse on the Square.
Playhouse on the Square’s 50th Anniversary Weekend
Nov. 15 – 17
Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square
Nov. 15 – Dec. 29
About the Author
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.