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Top 5 Memphis Theatres

Publication Date: 10/2/2013

By Ali Swee ′16

Memphis is the home of rock n’ roll, soul, and blues, but the entertainment doesn’t stop there. The city also boasts great live theatre. Some of the best places to view a play include:

1.       McCoy Theatre
Rhodes’ very own theatre is a great way to experience the arts without even stepping outside of Rhodes’ gates. You’re guaranteed to see a top-notch performance—our theater department was recently awarded nine Ostrander awards for excellence in local theater. As far as ticket prices go, it can’t be beat: a seat is never above $20 and is sometimes even free.  For added entertainment, stop by the theatre at night: legend says it’s haunted.

 2.       The Orpheum Theatre: Boasting shows like Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, students flock to the Orpheum to experience true Memphis entertainment. And seriously—what better place to see Memphis: the Musical than Memphis itself? The Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts at Rhodes (CODA) often sells $5 Orpheum tickets.

3.      Playhouse on the Square: College budget getting you down? No worries! For each of its productions, Playhouse on the Square offers one “pay what you can” night. The 2013-2014 season is already posted online, offering hits such as Peter Pan, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Hairspray.

4.       Theatre Memphis: One of the oldest and most successful community theatres in the country, Theatre Memphis never disappoints. From topical shows like Young Frankenstein in October and A Christmas Carol in December to classics such as The Music Man and As You Like It, you’re bound to find a play here for your every mood.

5.       Voices of the South: Since 1995, the non-profit company has performed award- winning new plays and adaptations of literature.  Located at TheatreSouth in the Cooper-Young District, Voices of the South provides a true glimpse into diverse Southern perspectives.