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GTA offers a festival of theatre with 'Dracula' and 'Once on This Island'

GTA production of Dracula and Once on this Island
"Dracula" will be performed at UNG’s Ed Cabell Theatre in Gainesville and "Once on This Island" will be performed at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre.

The Gainesville Theater Alliance (GTA) will present "Dracula," based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, and "Once on This Island," based on the 1985 novel by Rosa Guy, on Feb. 9-20 as part of its 2015-16 season.

GTA is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia (UNG), Brenau University, theatre professionals and the north Georgia community.

"Dracula" will be performed at UNG’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, Georgia, and "Once on This Island" will be performed at Brenau University's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy Street, Gainesville, Georgia.

"Dracula"is the classic thriller of seduction and courage, of the transforming power of love and the terrifying threat of an immortal hunger. Audiences will shiver with fright as this tale of the ancient vampire plays itself out in front of them in one of the coziest theatres in Georgia.

Conversely, "Once on This Island," the winner of the 1995 Olivier Award for best musical, takes place on a thunderous night in the Antilles archipelago. To comfort a small girl crying in fear of the storm, the village storytellers tell her the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome gentleman, Daniel Beauxhomme. "Once on This Island" is a story of life, love, grief and hope that includes an invigorating tropical score by Stephen Flaherty.

The production of "Dracula" was adapted for the stage by Gay H. Hammond, resident dramatist for GTA. Repeat GTA patrons will recognize her as the playwright who penned the script for last year's "Sleeping Beauty," as well as writing and directing "The Adventures of Pecos Bill" in October. 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." Along with being a playwright and actor, she has served as wordsmith and emcee for the Hall County Literacy Spelling Bee for the past 22 years.

Ticket prices for the production of "Dracula" are $18-$20 for adults, $16-$18 for seniors (65 and up), and $12-$14 for students, depending on seat location.

Ticket prices for the production of "Once on This Island" are $22-$24 for adults, $20-$22 for seniors (65 and up), and $12-$14 for students, also 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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