The 2018-2019 Season

Forty years ago a remarkable group of people led by Ed Cabell explored the potential of a dynamic collaboration that would soon become the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. This year, we are mounting a 40th Season that will reach new heights in our magical art of storytelling.

From The Wizard of Oz (celebrating the film’s 80th anniversary to Noises Off (a revival of one of GTA’s most successful productions), to the historical adventure/comedy Men On Boats to the Broadway blockbuster, Cabaret and the WonderQuest favorite, Sophie and the Pirates, the upcoming season promises extraordinary experiences for you and your family and friends.

With the last two seasons over 96% sold out, the only way to guarantee a seat to these sold-out performances is through season tickets, which give you discounts for 2 shows or more (the more shows, the bigger the discount). Join us for a new season of unforgettable productions!


WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences presents:

Sophie and the Pirates

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Sept 28 – Oct 6, 2018 in Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium

“I’m a girl, of course.”
     “Ha! That’s all you know — Ye better keep yer peepers of’n us, ye manky land-tick!”

Sophie is a young girl who longs for adventure on the High Seas, but she gets more than she bargained for when she is scooped up by a gang of wacky pirates. She learns how to be a sailor, how to chase (and fight) a wicked pirate lady, and how to be a good captain . . . most of all, she learns that the biggest adventure is finding yourself. Rated G

And on the GTA MainStage:

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Nov 7-17, 2018 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre

Based on the beloved 1939 film that has been entertaining families for generations, Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz is now re-imagined for the stage, full of the familiar songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score and special effects that take us on an unforgettable adventure in an unfamiliar world of munchkins, magic and witches. Journey with Dorothy and her iconic friends on the Yellow Brick Road, where they must band together to confront surprises and danger on their quest for the Emerald City. This is DEFINITELY not Kansas. Don’t miss your chance to rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat. Rated PG

“There’s no plot like one that stays grounded in the humanity of its characters and, no matter how Technicolor the grass on the other side, there’s no place like home.”  – MELBOURNE DAILY REVIEW

A February Festival of Theatre with TWO shows:

Noises Off

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Feb 12-23, 2019 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre

The laughs are nonstop when a company of second-tier actors stumble through their final rehearsal of “Nothing On,” a silly sex romp, and can’t even get through the first act without serious and hilarious problems. Cut to an actual performance, when the whole set turns around revealing the uproarious but silent backstage shenanigans as the performance staggers on despite love triangles, dementia and a well-loved flask. When their theatre world turns again, we see the actors in their last stop on the tour, when the show (and cast) are on their last legs and the backstage drama erupts in door-slamming, trouser-dropping chaos that defines farce. Playwright Michael Frayn’s comedy, established as both a classic farce and a fiendishly ingenious homage to the form, has enjoyed 3 Broadway runs.  Rated PG13

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Feb 15 – 23, 2019 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men On Boats is the true(ish) history of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition, when the one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Using convention made familiar in Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, this thrilling and comical new play helps modern audiences envision Powell’s historic trip using 19th-century customs but 21st–century language. And one more thing that helps us understand these men out of their comfort zone… all the men are portrayed by women, in a gently exaggerated style that both highlights and mocks the clichés of the hero adventurer archetype. Join us for a wild ride down the uncharted rivers! Written by Jaclyn Backhaus. Rated PG13

“A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny.”  – TIME OUT NEW YORK

“Off-the-canyon-walls funny. Paddle or portage your own boat to the theater–but get there!”  – VARIETY

And April’s season finale:


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Apr 9 – 20, 2019 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre

Willkommen to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and a raucous ensemble including Sally Bowles takes the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Walk into the seedy nightclub with American expat Cliff and hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret – John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.  Rated R