The 2019-2020 Season ~ GTA’s 40th Anniversary!

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. And this year, GTA’s 40th Anniversary Season will reach new heights in the magical art of storytelling.

From Legally Blonde to Pippin (a revival of one of GTA’s most loved musicals), to world premiere of contemporary comedy The Bra & Panty Club to celebrated playwright Mary Zimmerman’s delightful twist on the classic Arabian Nights and WonderQuest’s, update of Hans Christian Andersen’s Ugly Duckling, the upcoming season promises extraordinary experiences for you and your family and friends.

With the last two seasons over 94% sold out, the only way to guarantee a seat to these sold-out performances is advance sale tickets, or a season package which gives you discounts for any 2 shows or more that you choose (the more shows, the bigger the discount). Join us for a new season of unforgettable productions!


WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences presents:

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Sept 26-Oct 4, 2019 in Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium

What can you do when you’re different, if all you’ve ever wanted was to fit in? Find out as we join the Ugly Duckling in this funny, tender and quirky update on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of growing up.  It’s a journey filled with the discovery that it takes all kinds to make the world work, and the acceptance and hope that true worth is more than skin deep.  A new version by Gay H. Hammond.  Rated G


And on the GTA MainStage:

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Nov 5-16, 2019 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre

“I’ll meet him there at Harvard with a book in my hand. Big sturdy book, big wordy book, full of words I’ll understand.”

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical adaptation of the 2001 hit movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle Woods appears to have it all. But when her boyfriend dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach.   Rated PG13

“If you want a show that celebrates female friendship with flying colors (mostly on the pink end of the spectrum), then have no fear — Elle Woods is here.” – THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“…Don’t underestimate the potency of the [show’s feel-good] formula, which insists that a girl can be a powder puff and a power broker at the same time..” – THE NEW YORK TIMES


A February Festival of Theatre with TWO shows:

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Feb 11-22, 2020 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre

“And then it happened. Suddenly, shamelessly, and without warning, as it must in all musical comedies, they were struck by… a love song.”

As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player, Pippin is the story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own “corner of the sky.” Pippin returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious and lusty entanglements, and saavy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought. With infectious tunes by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.  Rated PG13

“The final show to open before Tony Awards consideration, “Pippin” punctuates the Broadway season with a big, bold exclamation point.  It is that extraordinary.”  THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


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Feb 14-22, 2020 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre

“Considering that she wants to be three sizes smaller on bottom and two sizes bigger on top…  Nothing is going to fit her, because she refuses to try on anything that is actually in her size.”

Addie has worked for three years in the Lingerie Department of the best department store in the second-best mall in town. …and it was supposed to be a temporary after-graduation job! In this off-kilter comedy, Addie copes with ridiculous co-workers and customers, office politics, an unexpected Prince Charming and a bomb scare (maybe). How to cope? Well, for a start, Sleeping Beauty needs to wake up, already. This is the World Premier of the script by Gay H. Hammond.  Rated PG (some slight language)


And April’s season finale:

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Apr 7 – 18, 2020 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre

Arabian Nights is a collection of darker stories intended for adults, as told by Scheharazade, a young harem girl who must create cliffhangers night after night to save her own life. Now in the expert hands of playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, The Secret in the Wings) a twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade’s tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams, drawing audiences close with her trademark originality in staging. We begin to see the mesmerizing theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people, and are reminded that the struggle to preserve cultural beauty did not end with Sheharazade.  Rated PG13

Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights… could be with perhaps more justice called How the Mad King Shahryar Recovered his Humanity, so astutely does it measure the healing power of storytelling.”  DC THEATRE SCENE

 “Zimmerman has orchestrated her ensemble into a seamless narrative of recital, song and carefully stylized movements in which stories endlessly beget other stories, like the boxes within boxes in a Chinese puzzle toy.”  THE NEW YORK TIMES