Performance Club

Behind every local play, ballet or opera, there's a host of creative people putting their skills to work. What makes a successful production? How do critics and artists see work differently than general audiences?  

WKNO’s PERFORMANCE CLUB is a group of arts enthusiasts who get a behind-the-scenes peek at a variety of shows. Then we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.

Our “curator,” Christopher Blank, selects a half-dozen or so events each year that we attend as a group. Typically, we meet an hour before the event. The artists – from choreographers to directors to visual artists – share their unique insights into their creations. Afterward, we talk about what we saw. 

Our past events have included operas ("Ghosts of Crosstown"), musicals ("No No Nanette"), plays ("Angels in America"), ballets ("World Wonders") and other “happenings" (such as Levitt Shell Concerts). The only cost is buying your ticket to the event. Our club members often get special discounts. You can attend as frequently as you like.

Performance Club is FREE to join. Just sign up for our e-mail list, or join our Facebook fan page.



“ASSASSINS,” Friday, Feb. 27 at Circuit Playhouse.

In this 1990 Stephen Sondheim musical ripped from the pages of American history, we get inside the minds of those men and women who share a single obsession: to kill a president. Sondheim presents a rogues gallery of would-be and successful killers – from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley. Our pre-show talk with director Dave Landis will get us ready to explore the dark side of history.

Pre-show meet time: 7 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper.

Tickets are $22 (Ask for a Performance Club seat)

Call: (901) 726-4656.

“THE BOY FROM OZ,” Friday, March 6 at Theatre Memphis.

Australian singer/songwriter Peter Allen was responsible for a few of the biggest soft pop hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s (Melissa Manchester’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and Christopher Cross’ “The Best that You Can Do (Arthur’s Theme).” His life adds additional meaning to his songs. He was married to Liza Minnelli before coming to terms with his homosexuality. His later life with fashion model Greg Connell ended too soon, struck down by AIDS in 1992.

Pre-show meet time: 7 p.m. at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext.


Call: 901-682-8323.