Circle Players Marks Centennial of Titanic Sinking With Production at TPAC

April 5
12:30 AM 2012


Just days before the world commemorates the centennial of the sinking of the HMS Titanic, Circle Players, Nashville's oldest community theatre company, will present a revival of Titanic the Musical, at the James K. Polk Theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on April 5-8.

Titanic the Musical, winner of five Tony Awards in 1997 including Best Musical, presents a historic retelling of what happened on the ship. Circle Players' production, directed by Tim Larson, debuted in 2009 and was Tennessee's first production of the show, combines dedication to historical accuracy and rich local ties.

The 2012 iteration of the musical will feature more than 60 local actors, including surprise celebrity walk-on roles during each performance. The orchestra will include Tennessee State University music students along with local professional musicians.

"Circle Players' 2009 production of Titanic, the Musical was a 'renaissance production' for the organization; personally, it was also a renaissance for me," said Larson. "It proved that one can do anything if they put their mind and heart into it. Working with much of the cast and crew from the original production this centenary tribute will truly be a 'ship of dreams.' I am ecstatic to be able to tell this story again to a larger audience with a much larger production. I think patrons will be in awe of what they will experience on the 100th Anniversary of one of the largest disasters of the 20th Century."

Tickets went on sale to the public on January 2, and range from $20-40, depending upon seat location. For tickets, visit, call (615) 782-4040, or visit the TPAC Box Office downtown at 505 Deaderick .

Circle Players will host an opening night gala dinner at The Hermitage Hotel on Thursday, April 5, and details will be announced as they are confirmed.

Circle Players' remaining productions for 2012 include Company (running through January 22); Brighton Beach Memoirs (March 2-18); and Hairspray (May 4-20), all presented at The Keeton Theater on Donelson Pike. For more information, visit

Pictured: David Arnold, Tim Bush and Macon Kimbrough

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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