Tickets are now on sale for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's (GTA) new theatrical season, which will take patrons out west, to London, the Caribbean and Transylvania, and back in time for a high society wedding. GTA, established in 1979 through a collaboration between the University of North Georgia (UNG), Brenau University, theater professionals and the northeast Georgia community, and has yielded state and national awards for theater excellence.
More than 32,000 people attended GTA shows last season, with more than 80 percent of performances sold out. The upcoming season will feature theatre professionals directing, acting and designing alongside GTA's talented college theatre students.
The season's shows include:
- October: WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences presents "The Adventures of Pecos Bill," adapted by Gay Hammond, premiering on Oct. 2 in Brenau University's Historic Pearce Auditorium, located at 500 Centennial Circle, Gainesville. Pecos Bill, raised by coyotes and revered by cowpokes and critters alike, never met a challenge he couldn't conquer. Join GTA under the wide desert sky in this rootin'-tootin' tall tale of a bigger-than-life American hero as he gallops across the Wild West taming tornadoes, wild cats, villains and even the heart of a woman as free as a tumbleweed and as tough as the rattlesnake Bill uses for a lasso. Special events include a free stage tour on Sept. 22, chances to meet the actors, an ice cream social and western-themed party for children. Family performance tickets are $10-12 for adults and seniors, $7-8 for students and children. School matinee tickets are available for school groups of 10 or more at $6/$8 a seat, with teachers being free. Rated G.
- November: "Mary Poppins," based on P.L. Travers's celebrated book series and inspired by the classic 1964 film, will be presented on the GTA Main Stage at Brenau's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Nannies are storming in and out of the house at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane as the two headstrong children of George and Winifred Banks, have scared them all away. But things change when the mysterious Mary Poppins suddenly arrives (by way of flying umbrella), magically tending to the various Banks family issues to create perfect harmony. The production runs Nov. 3-14 and includes a free stage tour on Oct. 20 and catered opening night reception. Tickets are $24-26 for adults, $22-24 for seniors and $14-16 for students. Rated G.
- February: GTA's annual February Theatre Festival includes two shows: "Once on this Island," featuring score by Stephen Flaherty, and "Dracula," adapted from Bram Stoker's novel by Gay Hammond.
"Once on This Island" is one of two shows that will be
presented during February by the Gainesville Theatre
- "Once on this Island," a story of life, love, grief, and hope based on the 1985 novel by Rosa Guy, will run Feb. 9-20 at Brenau's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy Street, Gainesville. On a thunderous night in the Antilles archipelago, thunder booms, making a small girl cry in fear. To comfort her, the village storytellers tell her the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome gentleman, Daniel Beauxhomme. The production features a free stage tour on Jan. 26 and catered opening night reception. Tickets are $22-24 for adults, $20-22 for seniors and $12-14 for students. Rated PG.
- "Dracula," the classic thriller of seduction and courage, of the transforming power of love and the terrifying threat of an immortal hunger, runs Feb. 9-20 at UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3850 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. The production features a free stage tour on Jan. 28 and catered opening night reception. Tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students. Rated PG13.
- April: GTA will conclude the season with "The Philadelphia Story," written by Philip Barry. The production runs April 5-16 at UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3850 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. In a sparkling 1939 of wealth and privilege, madcap heiress Tracy Lord teeters on the eve of a brilliantly elite marriage, but still is way too attracted to her charming rascal of an ex-husband and a wise-cracking reporter, both of whom are hanging around for the festivities. The production features a free stage tour on March 22 and catered opening night reception. Tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students. Rated G.
Patrons can build custom package subscriptions now by calling the GTA Box Office, 678-717-3624, and individual show tickets can be purchased at www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org, where patrons can select their own seats, or by calling the Box Office. Discounted or free performances for UNG and Brenau faculty, staff & students with ID are available for each performance by calling the GTA Box Office.