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Carmen Jones

By Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Meilhac and Halevys adapation of Prosper Mérimée’s Carmen
Music by Georges Bizet
Directed & choreographed by Patdro Harris
Vocal direction by Claudette Lehew
Musical direction by Ashley Davis
July 26 – August 18, 2024

In a Southern town during World War II, an army corporal named Joe is stationed near a parachute factory where Carmen Jones is employed. Fickle and flirtatious, Carmen manages to steal Joe away from his fiancée, and the army as well, and they run off to Chicago together. But Carmen loses interest in Joe when she meets and successfully woos Husky Miller, a prize fighter on his way to the top. Mad with jealousy, Joe waits for Carmen outside the stadium the night of Husky’s big fight to make a last desperate plea for her love. When she denies him resolutely, he stabs her to death in a rage of passion, to the eerie accompaniment of the crowd inside the stadium cheering Husky’s victory.

Winner! Three 1992 Olivier Awards, including Best Musical
Winner! Four 2019 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Revival
Nominee: Four 2019 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Coconut Cake

Written by Melda Beaty
Directed by Erma Elzy
August 9 – September 8, 2024
Black Box Theatre
Regional Premier

For some, there’s nothing better than retirement, but when Eddie Lee’s wife, Iris, joins him in retirement, the truth about his “ladies’ man” ways resurfaces. To avoid her, Eddie retreats to the sanctuary of McDonald’s, where coffee refills are free and the rest of his retired friends, with marital problems of their own, wait faithfully for him. When a mystery woman moves in the abandoned house down the street, with her Creole’ wiles, melt in your mouth coconut cake, and medicine cabinet secrets, Eddie is not the only one who pays her a visit; a visit that threatens to change all their lives forever.

Camp Awareness


Hattiloo Theatre
37 S Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104


Camp Awareness is an arts emergence program for 9-14 year olds from May 27 to June 21, 2024. There will be field trips and guests artists. This camp includes workshops on jazz, jewlry-making, ballet, filmmaking, creative writing, opera, theatre, and so much more!

To be considered, you will need to submit the application AND the video submission/short answer essay.

Registration will be open until May 8th.

All confirmations will be sent by Saturday, May 11th.

There will be a mandatory Parent Meeting on Saturday morning, May 18th.

We can’t wait to go on this adventure with you…

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