Skip to Content

Resolution RS2019-1899

A resolution commemorating and honoring Circle Players on the occasion of their 70th season promoting public education, appreciation, and enjoyment of dramatic literature, stagecraft, fine arts, and the theatre throughout Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee.

resolution commemorating and honoring Circle Players on the occasion of their 70th season promoting public education, appreciation, and enjoyment of dramatic literature, stagecraft, fine arts, and the theatre throughout Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee.

WHEREAS, Circle Players is the oldest continuously-operating arts organization in Middle Tennessee, now entering their 70th season; and

WHEREAS, Circle Players began in 1949, when an ambitious group of volunteer actors, directors, producers, designers, and stage hands founded the company on a stock-ownership basis. The first few years of production were spent in various locations in Nashville, among them the Hermitage Hotel, the downtown YMCA, and perhaps most interestingly, an old gambling den at Second Avenue and Broadway; and

WHEREAS, in the mid-1950’s, the leadership decided Circle Players would best operate as a state-charted non-profit arts organization. This all-volunteer organization, which includes Artist Members and the Board of Directors, operated for 26 years in the basement of what is now the Bluebird Café on Hillsboro Road. In 1980, Circle Players became the first resident company in the new Tennessee Performing Arts Center, presenting shows in Johnson Theatre through 2004; and

WHEREAS, Circle Players has continued to provide quality productions at various venues, including TSU Cox-Lewis Theater, Looby Theater, Keeton Theatre, Lipscomb Shamblin Theater, and Vanderbilt Sarratt Center; and

WHEREAS, Circle Players is proud of its distinction as not only one of Tennessee’s oldest community theatre companies, but Nashville’s oldest non-profit volunteer arts organization. For 70 years, the company has produced over five hundred (500) musicals, comedies, dramas, and recent Broadway hits. Circle volunteers (Artist Members) have been, and continue to be, the backbone of the operation of the theatre. Volunteers give time and resources to work onstage, backstage, as ushers and house managers, or as members of committees which provide support in play selection, marketing, or fundraising. Among the more than five hundred (500) artist members are professionals across many industries and careers; and

WHEREAS, now in its seventh decade of providing an artistic and creative forum for all Middle Tennesseans, Circle Players remains a true community-based success, focusing on arts participation and arts access opportunities for all citizens of our community; and

WHEREAS, the Circle Players’ mission statement declares that its aim is to promote public education, appreciation, and enjoyment of dramatic literature, stagecraft, fine arts and the theatre through the production of plays and by conducting other related activities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT FOR NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY THAT:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby commemorates and honors Circle Players on the occasion of their 70th season promoting public education, appreciation, and enjoyment of dramatic literature, stagecraft, fine arts, and the theatre throughout Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Clerk is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to Circle Players.

Section 3. This resolution shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Nancy VanReece, Mina Johnson, Burkley Allen

Related Documents

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections CommitteeBudget and Finance Committee

IntroducedAugust 20, 2019

AdoptedAugust 20, 2019

ApprovedAugust 21, 2019

By:Mayor Briley's signature

Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to the Metropolitan Clerk at 615-862-6770.

Last Modified: 08/23/2019 3:12 PM