June 23, 2024

Opinion: Top 5 date ideas for a Valentine’s Day at the theatre

Whether you’re seeing a concert or a play, a night out on the town always makes for a romantic evening. Check out this list of upcoming Knoxville events that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

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Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, so that means it’s time to start making those plans for a romantic date night. While dinner and a movie is always a classic choice, it can never hurt to try something new. This year, check out one of these theatre events in and around the Knoxville area:

  1. Valentine’s Day Weekend with Erick Baker– When Erick Baker graduated from UT in 2011 with a public relations degree, he never thought he’d make his living as a singer-songwriter. However, a gig opening for John Legend in 2007 changed his path. His soulful lyrics and tender voice will create the perfect romantic mood for you and your significant other. Baker will be returning to his Tennessee roots at the Bijou Theatre for two shows on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Visit the Bijou’s official website for ticket information and more about Baker. Tickets are $25.
  2. “The Last Five Years”– “The Last Five Years” is a play that chronicles five years in the life of a couple, Cathy and Jamie, as they experience the ups and downs of their relationship. This two-person show is told in reverse chronological order, starting at the end of their marriage and ending a few days after the two meet for the first time. While this may have the potential to be sad, the show is romantic, poignant and relatable. “The Last Five Years” opens Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at Theatre Knoxville Downtown and will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Feb. 28 at various times. For more information about the show and to purchase tickets for $15, visit Theatre Knoxville’s Downtown website.
  3. “Saturday Night Fever”- Audiences are probably familiar with the iconic 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta, but now they have a chance to see it like they’ve never seen it before: as a live musical at the Tennessee Theatre. The story focuses on Tony Manero, a young man who’s stuck in his life. However, his weekends at the local discotheque seem to make all of his troubles disappear. Fun choreography, Bee Gees hits and an all-around nostalgic vibe will have you and your significant other dancing in your seats. “Saturday Night Fever” opens at the Tennessee Theatre on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and will have two additional shows on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, visit the Tennessee Theatre’s website.
  4. “Cantus: The Four Loves” – Cantus, one of the nation’s only full-time vocal ensembles will be performing a new show just in time for Valentine’s Day. “The Four Loves” celebrates the Greek idea that there are four types of love: spiritual, romantic, familial and friendship. Cantus is known for its innovative concerts, so couples can expect a unique viewing experience. They will be performing at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, Tenn. for one night only on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more, visit Clayton Center for the Arts’ official website.
  5. “Titus Andronicus”– William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” isn’t exactly romantic. In fact, it’s tragic play about revenge and violence. However, according to the Clarence Brown Theatre, this play is rarely performed. This unique experience would make for a great date night that is sure to shock both you and your date. “Titus Andronicus” opens on for previews on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., but officially opens on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The show runs though Feb. 28 at various times. For more information about show times and tickets, visit the Clarence Brown Theatre’s website.

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Arts and culture editor, Taylor Owens, recognized her passion for writing at a young age. As an avid talk show fan, Owens found journalism to be the perfect way to combine her love for interviewing and writing. She is now a sophomore at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. When she isn’t writing for the Tennessee Journalist, Owens is most likely catching up on the latest reality television show.