Songs for a New World
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Streaming Dates TBD
Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown (his introduction to Broadway) asks the audience to follow a series of individuals into the breach to find something new. Surrounded by guides, the seekers in this song cycle traverse the unknown to find happiness, contentment, and rest—safe in the knowledge that everyone needs some help along the way. With a cast of eighteen rather than Broadway’s four, Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s take on this experimental production, directed by Tracey Elaine Chessum (GTA Associate Artistic Director and Brenau University Chair of Theatre), seeks to explore the communities that surround us during the journeys of life.
by William Shakespeare
Streaming Dates TBD
William Shakespeare’s The Tempest begins in an abandoned shipwreck, where the characters proceed to ‘find the story of the tempest’ by searching through the wreckage and discovering the pieces left behind. This production, directed by GTA BFA Acting Program Director and University of North Georgia Associate Professor of Theatre Zechariah Pierce, is an exploration in physical storytelling, particularly through masked (theatrical, not surgical) characterization. The ideas of family, forgiveness, power struggle, innocence, love, and magic are all brought to life through stylized physical humor that only this type of theatre can provide. “This idea of discovering the story also parallels my process as a director,” says Pierce, “as I heavily rely on a deep collaboration with my actors and how they interpret the story and their characters.”
GTA Cabaret Series
Sep 18, Oct 16, & Nov 20, on YouTube
Showcasing the spectacular talent of our musical theatre students, this monthly series will bring a new themed cabaret of songs to lift your spirits, tug at your heartstrings, and comfort your soul. GTA’s Musical Theatre Program Director Rick Gomez will host live on our YouTube channel.
GTA New Play Festival
Oct 22-24, live on YouTube
A collection of live staged readings of new plays by both professional playwrights and students, the GTA New Play Festival will feature two plays from established playwrights and a night of short plays from student writers. These shows will be developed over a two-week period and performed live for you on YouTube. Performances are available for viewing through Monday, Oct 26 at noon.
By William Shakespeare, adapted by Elisa Carlson
Nov 13, live on YouTube
Using an all-digital theatrical playground, Henry V will be streamed on GTA’s YouTube channel. Get ready to invite the intrigue of King Henry V into your living room! In a time of great political upheaval, this epic classic about power in all its forms seems more relevant than ever. Directed by GTA Professor Elisa Carlson.