The Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) will wrap up the 2015-2016 season with its production of "The Philadelphia Story" Apr. 5 -16 at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Ed Cabell Theatre on its Gainesville Campus.
GTA is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of UNG, Brenau, theater professionals and the north Georgia community.
The play, written by Philip Barry, takes place in 1939, where the wealthy and privileged hold court. This is where heiress Tracy Lord, who teeters on the eve of a brilliantly elite marriage, is still way too attracted to her charming rogue of an ex-husband and a wise-cracking reporter, both of whom are hanging around for the fireworks that are sure to happen.
"The Philadelphia Story culminates one of GTA's most successful seasons that saw huge numbers of audience members pour through our doors for 'Mary Poppins,' 'Dracula' and 'Once on this Island.' This show promises to end our season with a laugh, a smile and a lighter heart," said Jim Hammond, GTA artistic and managing director.
This production of "The Philadelphia Story" 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 "Sleeping Beauty," as well as writing and directing "The Adventures of Pecos Bill" in October, and directing "Dracula" in February. 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.
"The Philadelphia Story" 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.
Ticket prices for the production of "The Philadelphia Story" are $18-$20 for adults, $16-$18 for seniors (65 and up), 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.