From the Chattanooga Theatre Centre press release:
Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s TheatreQuest “Takes It Outside” with Original Theatrical Creations at the Hunter Museum April 25
“Taking It Outside” – a program that brings together theatre, visual arts, and audience interaction in a multi-generation context – will be presented by the Hunter Museum of American Art and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hunter.
Young actors and playwrights in the Theatre Centre’s TheatreQuest program will present a series of theatre pieces inspired by sculpture. The event, part of the Hunter Happens Thursday evening series held weekly at the Hunter, has become a popular annual tradition.
“TheatreQuest members take an art piece and create theatre around it,” explains Chuck Tuttle, director of education for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. “The actors make themselves a conduit between art and the audience and maybe change the viewers’ perspective, causing them to rethink the art.”
“I have worked with programs like this with college students and adults in previous museums but working with these high school students has added a level of excitement and vibrancy to the program. It reflects the wealth of talent and passion of Chattanooga’s theatre community here,” says Adera Causey, Curator of Education at the Hunter.
“It has been such a pleasure to work with Chuck and his gifted students on this each year. I love experiencing these performances anew each spring, and I am consistently amazed by the depth of insight in interpretation and the exceptional performances presented by each new group of TheatreQuest students.”
The collaboration, an annual event since 2005, impressed CTC executive director George Quick when he first saw it in Spring 2009.
“I thought at the time that this was one of the most unexpected things to find in Chattanooga,” he says. “This is something you might see at a museum in Los Angeles, or New York, or San Francisco. The fact that these are teenagers doing this work is very exciting. It seems a kind of ‘secret’ in Chattanooga and I’d like to shout about it!”
This year, as the performances move outdoors where the sculpture is located, the ambient noise creates an additional challenge for the troupe. “Because we’re outside, the performance will be essentially wordless,” says Tuttle. “Can you tell a story without words? How do you show more? It will be an interesting challenge.”
The event is free to high school students and their parents. There is a $9.95 entrance fee for all other visitors to the Museum.
Visit http://www.huntermuseum.org/events/ to learn about this and other Hunter Happens programs. Information about the event is also available at TheatreCentre.com or http://www.facebook.com/theatrecentre.
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TheatreQuest is a talented group of actors and writers 13 – 19 years of age that love theatre and are interested in it as a vocation. The group creates and performs their own theatre including the original productions “A World of Our Own” and “Where’s the Line?” and at TheatreQuest coffeehouses. They create and perform “The Alphabet Plays” (“30 words in 30 minutes or somebody gets a pie in the face”) for the very youngest theatre-goers, pursue “elfing” each holiday season at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo as a fundraiser, and travel to watch productions on other stages. There is no charge for membership; the group meets on the first Monday every month during the school year.
The Hunter Museum of American Art is located at 10 Bluff View in Chattanooga. The Museum is open every day until 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m.
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, located directly across the Tennessee River from the Hunter, is one of the country’s oldest community theatres and will be celebrating its 90th season beginning this September.