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South Jackson Civic Center for the Performing Arts will dim our lights, but we will be back!!!

Although our stage may be currently empty our hearts are full with the outpouring of support we have received from our community and theatre family in the past week. You are important to us, and we look forward to seeing you again when we get on the other side of this crisis. In efforts to try to do our part in this pandemic we have made the decision to extend our closure until May 4th, to be reviewed at that time.

Look for future announcements on how we will handle; “The Little Mermaid” auditions, postponed date of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and the postposed date of Long’s School of Dance recital. Also be looking for opportunities of how you can support the Arts at South Jackson as our 40th Anniversary season comes to a close.

In theatre we have many traditions – before a show, after a show, during a show and even when there is no show. When the theatre is empty, we always make sure that we leave one light on. Typically, on a stand in the middle or in front of the stage, this light is known as the ghost light. A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theatre is dark. This has lots of rumored meanings to different people but to many of us in the theatre world it means UNTIL WE RETURN! Tullahoma Community, Arts community and Theatre family – we will be back! We will be back strong and united and ready to entertain the gatherings of people that desire to experience live entertainment. Theatre is life to many at South Jackson and coming together to support each other and perform for our community is why we do what we do.

To you our Theatre family – keep the light burning on your passions and creativity. To our Tullahoma community – although productions have been postponed, the show–as we say–must go on. For now, we “dim the lights” but we look forward to seeing you at the South Jackson when the lights shine bright again!


Greg Gressel
Executive Chairman

Board of Directors
Florence Hull
Kathryn Hopkins
Coleen Saunders
Jim Conley
Wayne Metcalf
Catherine Murray
Kathy Orr
Mark Schempp
Anne Wonder

* Photo credit – Photography Artist – Tony Patterson

South Jackson Civic Association

was formed in 1977 to “Save South Jackson”, a grass-roots effort to halt the destruction of the South Jackson School. Nestled in the core of the building is Tullahoma’s first public school built in 1886. We opened our doors as the South Jackson Civic Center in January, 1979 with our first performance. South Jackson Civic Association has operated for the past forty years as a presenting organization, museum, and community resource serving the Middle Tennessee counties of Coffee, Moore, Franklin, Bedford, and Warren. The Civic Center contains rehearsal facilities, conference and meeting rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, full stage with proscenium arch and a local history museum.




Girl Scout, Sydnee Pendergast, has helped South Jackson Civic Center through her Gold Project, “Theater Room Goes Green”!  After many hours of labor and many hands helping our dressing room space is now bigger and offers better accommodations for our actors.  Using the Recycle, Reuse, Reduce theory, Sydnee made tables out cola cans, reuse counter tops and office partitions to make a fabulous space.  Check out this link for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/Theater-Room-Goes-Green-111771713513228/