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GTA wraps season with Sense & Sensibility

Members of the Sense & Sensibility cast, (from left to right) Brenau seniors Jen Owens and Payton Owen, and UNG juniors Skyler Passmore and Rebecca DelPlato, prepare for the first read-through of the script. They will be incorporating 18th century movement and period costumes when the lights go up on April 8 at the Ed Cabell Theatre.

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood have opposite approaches when it comes to the pursuit of love. One is tempered and rational, the other impulsive and full of youthful passion. The sisters attract a trio of suitors, but are the men as genuine as they seem?

Find out April 8-19 as the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) presents Jane Austen's classic comedy of manners, "Sense and Sensibility." The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia (UNG), Brenau University, theatre professionals and the community.

The charming but dowry-less sisters and their societal admirers and detractors will perform at the Ed Cabell Theatre, located on UNG's Gainesville Campus at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

Set in the 1790s, Austen's novel depicts a time when the best hope for a young lady was to make a good match providing both finances and love, and when an "understanding," while short of an actual engagement, was a promise sealed with honor that no gentleman would rescind. But even in that time of measured affections and matrimonial minuets, one's wildly beating heart could cause a hot blush despite efforts to keep cool. 

Related special events, all of which are free, include a peek behind-the-scenes during the March 25 stage tour, a catered reception following the April 8 opening night performance, and a discussion of Jane Austen and her novel by UNG English professor Dr. Donna Gessell before the April 19 matinee.

During the stage tour, patrons can find out about the time period and the exquisite romantic tension of "Sense and Sensibility" as director Gay Hammond talks about the treats and challenges of performing this well-known Jane Austen classic. Resident designer and UNG professor Larry Cook will discuss his research and concept for the set, which is unusual as it must allow patrons on three sides of the stage to see the action. Costume designer Lizzy Trawick will discuss her research and construction of period costumes, and patrons at the event will be treated to a scene from the play.

On April 7, GTA offers a preview performance, with all tickets only $8.

Regular show tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 seniors (65 and up), and $12-14 for students, depending on seat location. Select your own seats online at or by calling the Box Office at 678-717-3624, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted.  

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