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GTA opens 2015-16 season with 'The Adventures of Pecos Bill,' Oct. 2

"The Adventures of Pecos Bill" plays off the phrase that everything is bigger in Texas … including the stories.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) will present "The Adventures of Pecos Bill," adapted from the tall tales of Edward O'Reilly and others, on Oct. 2-4, 9 and 10 in its 2015-16 season opener.

GTA 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 and performed by WonderQuest, GTA's Theatre for Young Audiences, will be in Brenau University's Historic Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville, Georgia.

"The Adventures of Pecos Bill" plays off the phrase that everything is bigger in Texas … including the stories. Pecos Bill, raised by coyotes and revered by cowpokes and critters alike, never met a challenge he couldn't conquer. Audiences will explore 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, wildcats, villains, and even the heart of a woman as free as a tumbleweed and as tough as the rattlesnake he uses for a lasso.

This production was written and directed by Gay H. Hammond, director of WonderQuest and resident dramatist for GTA. Repeat WonderQuest patrons will recognize her as the playwright who penned the script for last year's "Sleeping Beauty." Hammond has been working in theater since 1982 and has written more than 30 plays for WonderQuest and GTA audiences, including "Alice in Wonderland," "The Frog Prince," "The Briar Patch" and "Barbary Allen" (GTA MainStage). Along with being a playwright and actor, she has served as wordsmith and emcee for the Hall County Literacy Spelling Bee for the past 21 years.

"Pecos Bill" also features costume designer Jeannie Crawford, who has worked with GTA for nine seasons. Past WonderQuest shows that she has designed include, "Sleeping Beauty," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Frog Prince," "The Briar Patch," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and GTA MainStage shows "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Beaux’ Stratagem" and "Metamorphoses." Crawford has worked for companies like Berkeley Shakespeare, Oregon Shakespeare and San Jose State University. Her work in Atlanta has been nominated for the Suzi Bass Award.

Scenic designer B. Don Massey has spent the past 40 years working as designer, technologist, teacher and theatrical consultant. Among his 150-plus educational and professional credits are the set and lighting design for 2013's "The Glass Menagerie" and lighting designs for the GTA's productions of "Barbary Allen" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and set design for "The Importance of Being Earnest." He also has works on permanent exhibits in Washington, D.C., and is professor emeritus with the University of Georgia.

Ticket prices for "Pecos Bill" are $10-$12 for adults and $7-8 for students and children, depending on seat location.

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

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