The 2016-17 Season promises another magical line-up of theatrical adventure that will bring you along for adventures in the depths of the sea or in an enchanted castle; it will introduce you to a musical Messiah, a vexed wedding party and the boy who never grew up.
Audiences have learned that GTA productions, whether old favorites or new adventures, capture the imagination with inspired direction, great acting and spectacular design, igniting conversation and creating lasting memories. Check individual show pages for show details and special events connected to performances; lectures, discussions and receptions that explore and celebrate the season’s themes.
WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences presents:
Sept 30 – Oct 8 in Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium
Above the waves, a magic waits
To fill your head with something new . . .
How different is “too” different? What powers of the heart can overcome those differences? In this classic fairy tale of love, sacrifice and discovery, a princess from beneath the waves risks everything in a strange new world of hope and adventure. Andersen’s Little Mermaid – romantic, funny and fantastical – endures on land and sea, teaching us the power and beauty of a selfless heart. By Gay H. Hammond based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
And on the GTA MainStage:
Nov 8 – 19, 2016 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre
Be our guest for this classic story of Belle, a young woman in provincial France, and a young prince trapped in a ghastly spell that has transformed him into the Beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end — Will he learn the lesson in time, or will he and his household will be doomed for eternity? Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the familiar Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, which has made the show an international sensation for over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.
A February Festival of Theatre with TWO shows:
Feb 14 – 25, 2017 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre
Calling people from all walks of life, Godspell is the lyrical retelling of the life and parables of Jesus, as penned by the renowned Stephen Schwartz before he created the musical blockbusters Pippin or Wicked or penned the lyrics to Disney’s Pocahontas and Enchanted. After being performed on four continents and numerous Broadway and off-Broadway revivals, Godspell invites us to “prepare ye the way” with John the Baptist and a re-envisioned band of followers sharing the comical and touching teachings of Christ through inspired choreography and lyrics.
Feb 14 – 25, 2017 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
While young lovers Hero and Claudio anticipate their marriage, just a week away, they amuse themselves by conspiring with Don Pedro to set a “lover’s trap” for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. At the same time, the evil Don John conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. Will the marriage plans be ruined? Or will it all turn out to be “much ado about nothing.” Written by William Shakespeare.
And April’s season finale:
Apr 11 – 22, 2017 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Join us on a breathtaking quest to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? Peter and the Starcatcher, a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan, takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen talented actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight! Based on the 2006 novel of a similar name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. Rated PG
“The most exhilarating Broadway storytelling in decades!” – The New York Times