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GTA to close out season with 'The Great Gatsby'

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The Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) will present the stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" on April 7-18 in its final production of the 2014-15 season.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia (UNG), Brenau University, theatre professionals and the north Georgia community. The play, produced by GTA with an acclaimed stage adaptation by Simon Levy, will be in UNG's Ed Cabell Theatre in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, Georgia.

"The Great Gatsby" is set in the spring of 1922, when Midwesterner Nick Carraway has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Living next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby, Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor's estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway's cousin Daisy flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan. Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved.

"The Great Gatsby" continues GTA's long history of featuring theatre professionals directing, acting and designing alongside talented college theatre students.

Lighting designer D. Connor McVey is a senior scholarship recipient at UNG and former resident designer at Terrific New Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. His previous design credits for GTA include "Oklahoma!" and "Chicago." He also was the scenic designer for GTA's Discovery Series project "Red."

Professional scenic designer Stuart Beaman, who has worked on more than 40 GTA MainStage productions, will be returning to add his talents to "The Great Gatsby." He has designed for the state theater of North Carolina, The Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C., Koger Center in South Carolina, and various community theaters. He has served two terms as vice chairman for relations for the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology and has been published in Southern Theatre Magazine.

Patrons can get a peek behind-the-scenes at the free stage tour on March 24 at 6 p.m. There will also be a special preview performance at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, April 6, with discounted tickets at $10. There will be a free reception in the lobby following the opening night performance on April 7, catered by Scott's Downtown.

Ticket prices for the production are $18-$20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-$14 for students, depending on seat location.

To purchase tickets, visit the website www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or call the Box Office at 678-717-3624, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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