Playhouse on the Square Releases Holiday Show Lineup

The Circuit Playhouse Offers Two Additional Productions For The Holidays

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, will be presenting two productions on The Circuit Playhouse stage this holiday season.

The Toymaker’s Apprentice
By Martin McGeachy
November 11 – December 22, 2021


To All A Good Night: A Holiday Cabaret
Conceived and Directed by Lar’Juanette Williams
November 26 – December 22, 2021
To All a Good Night is in partnership with the Memphis Black Arts Alliance

Both productions will be performed at The Circuit Playhouse, 51 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104.  Tickets are available now at or by calling the box office, (901) 726-4656.

The productions are at the second and third installments of The Playhouse on the Square Holiday Series of shows entitled Welcome to Show Row.

The Toymaker’s Apprentice, starring Playhouse on the Square Resident Company Member, Curtis C. Jackson (Memphis, Tuck Everlasting)
Old Gideon has a decision to make:  Will Jack or Libby be the new apprentice for Gideon’s Toyshop? The most deserving must live up to the company motto: The Best Made is the Best Played.  Watch as the most unique interview process gives each child an equal chance.  But only one will win the job in this sweet holiday show celebrating hard work, fair-mindedness, and the joy of artistry. 

The complete cast and crew list of The Toymaker’s Apprentice is as follows:

Gideon, the Toymaker: Curtis Jackson
Jack: Will Graber
Libby: Josie Chavers
Doll: Kylah Spring

Director: Karin Barile
Assistant Director: Bryce Goodloe
Stage Manager: Alexandra Brue
Scenic Designer: Amy Forester
Lighting Designer: Haley Northington
Props Designer: Reiley Duffy
Costume Designer: Lindsay Schmeling
Sound Designer: Jason Eschhofen

To All A Good Night: A Holiday Cabaret, in partnership with The Memphis Black Arts Alliance
Deck the halls with Playhouse on the Square and Memphis Black Arts Alliance, as they honor the songs and talents of black artists and their contributions to the great holiday songbook. Featuring the best talent the Mid-South has to offer. This cabaret will be one you won’t soon forget.

The complete cast and crew of To All A Good Night: A Holiday Cabaret is as follows:

Frank Johnson
Donald Thomas
Dre’ Walker

Director: Lar’Juanette Williams
Music Director/Arranger: Kurt “KC” Clayton
Stage Manager: Tempest Thomas
Scenic Designer: Amy Forester
Lighting Designer: Justin Gibson
Props Designer: Reiley Duffy 
Costume Designer: Sammy Socha
Sound Designer: Jason Eschhofen

Performances for The Toymaker’s Apprentice will run Thursday through Saturday with a 7:00 pm curtain. Saturday and Sunday Matinees have 2:00 pm curtains. 

To All A Good Night: A Holiday Cabaret will run Thursday and Friday nights at 10:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday evening performances will begin at 7:00 PM.

Playhouse on the Square is seating at 32% of its capacity and following local COVID-19 mitigation protocols, as suggested by the Shelby County Health Department.  For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website Follow with social media using #TMAMemphis and #GoodNight901. Group rates available.

Special ticket pricing for opening weekend $27.  Pay What You Can performances are Thursday, November 25th and December 2nd.

The holiday season is a special time for Playhouse on the Square, which normally produces Peter Pan for families and school groups.  Due to COVID-19 and the safety concerns of inviting roughly 13,000 students into the theatre, the theatre decided that matinee productions of the Midtown tradition would not be in the best interest of the theatre and its patrons.  

Pivoting with the local theatre landscape, the theatre has chosen to offer three unique productions to the holiday season.  Accompanying Little Shop Of Horrors, which is playing at Playhouse on the Square, will be The Toymaker’s Apprentice and To All a Good Night: A Holiday Cabaret.  The productions where specifically chosen with the Mid-South community in mind.  “We produce shows for families during the holidays,” says Director of Community Relations Director, Marcus Cox.  “This pandemic has created obstacles for us, so we have adjusted the scope of what that family show has to be this year.”  Cox goes on to say that the smaller cast of The Toymaker’s Apprentice contains a big message that both children and adults need to hear this year.

Playhouse on the Square reached out to Lar’Juanette Williams, Executive Director of the Memphis Black Arts Alliance to partner with the theatre on a holiday show with the intent of showcasing the talents and artistry of black voices for the theatre’s evening show slot this year.  Along with the theatre’s partnership with BMG-Music, Williams has compiled a list of holiday favorites and some obscure offerings to set the perfect holiday mood. “I am excited to be working on this project with Playhouse on the Square!”  Says Williams.  “Our two important organizations can’t wait to share what we have put together.”

To learn more information about the Memphis Black Arts Alliance, visit www.

Introducing The Show Row Metro

The Playhouse on the Square Holiday Series of shows includes three fabulous productions the Mid-South will not want to miss. Treat yourself and family to all three shows: Little Shop of HorrorsThe Toymaker’s Apprentice, and To All A Good Night, and receive a gift!  By punching your Show Row Metro card at all three shows, patrons will receive a commemorative Playhouse on the Square ceramic ornament.  Patrons can get their card at the Playhouse on the Square box office. Punches will happen at Will Call. Once all three shows have been enjoyed, redeem the Show Row Metro for your gift from the designated booth in the theatre lobby. 

For questions and press bookings, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496.

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