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Spring 2008

Greater Atlanta’s Performing Arts Magazine

The Artistry of Christian Waggoner CREATIVE PROCESS: Investing in the Future: High School Theatre Magnet Program by Pamela Turner

Atlanta Workshop Players: Justin Martin Scores Big with “High School Musical 3” Best Jazz For Kids: Outreach and Education The August Wilson Monologue Competition: Making the Connection SHOWGUIDE PROFILE: Legacy Children’s Theatre: Learning Excellence Blue Pitcher by Christian Waggoner

April 2008 ~ May 2008 Performance Guide Atlanta ShowGuide Venues & More

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CREATIVE PROCESS: Investing in the Future: High School Theatre Magnet Program BY PAMELA TURNER

Atlanta Workshop Players: Justin Martin Scores Big with “High School Musical 3”

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Best Jazz For Kids: Outreach and Education

The August Wilson Monologue Competition: Making the Connection

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SHOWGUIDE PROFILE: Legacy Children’s Theatre: Learning Excellence at a Young Age on a Big Stage April 2008 ~ May 2008 Performance Guide

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T H E A R T I S T RY O F M A S T E R PA I N T E R

CHRISTIAN WAGGONER

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hristian Waggoner is the freshest new look at photorealism in the South. An artist since he could walk, his unique style and beautifully detailed portraiture gained wide recognition in his native Georgia. Under the tutorship of Wayland Moore, Christian’s work has attracted many high profile corporate commissions and is featured in many private collections including those of local and national celebrities, baseball great Hank Aaron, Blue Collar comedian Ron White, and Star Wars Director George Lucas. Many of his current works reflect his exploration of light and reflections in elegant silverware, many are commission pieces detailing an intimate and special moment in time. With his own successful gallery in Atlanta’s art district Christian is now poised to take his original oils and embellished giclées to a national level. ARTIST STATEMENT I see the world around me in a very detailed way, totally transformed by light and reflections. Through my training as a portrait painter I became used to seeking out the difference and incandescence of the human form and features whilst transferring the vision to my canvas. In my work I am always aware of the relationship between these reflections which give an extra quality and dimension to real objects and still life. The challenge of creating personality and originality when faced with an inanimate object, relies upon the ability to portray the reflection of light and surroundings. Using a simplistic approach to the object itself, I work to capture a moment in time, reflected as in a mirror, an intimate portrayal of time and place held in suspension on canvas forever. You can view Christian Waggoner’s work at Juliette Gallery, 75 Bennett Street, Tula Art Center, L2, Atlanta, Ga. 30309, 404-350-0350, www.juliettegallery.com Hattermands Silver Trumpet 4

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CREATIVE PROCESS:

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE MAGNET PROGRAM Making It Happen – The Students by Pamela Turner

The Setting: Spring, 2008, a beautiful clear day. A conference room at a large High School in a growing suburb of Atlanta.. As the play opens, three 18-somethings sit with a teacher they address casually but with evident admiration. The Characters: Victoria – thick blond hair, bouncy, talkative, expressive—must be played by someone who loves musicals and can sing, dance, and act. Especially fond of jazz hands and tap. Claire – light brown hair and matching eyes, gentle, gracious, soft spoken—must be played by someone who is practical and can see the big picture. Especially fond of re-interpreted Shakespeare. Robby – spikes of ash-colored hair on sculptured head, wry, thoughtful, circular— must be played by someone with a rich internal life who can write musical lyrics. Especially fond of misunderstood dramatic characters. “Kimmel” – director of the theatre magnet program—must be played by someone who is dedicated to excellence and can command the respect of feisty teenagers. or true theatre people, every conversation has the potential for becoming a play because these folks are nothing if not grand observers of human behavior. This is certainly true of theatre students Victoria Cook, Claire Shavzin, and Robert “Robby” Letzler, who come across as extremely positive representatives of the “next generation”. Though diverse in their approaches to nearly everything, these three are united on two major points: the North Springs High School theatre magnet program has taught them a lifetime of good lessons and the requirements for doing theatre start with intense commitment and a taste for hard work. Each began the program as a freshman and each has made a unique personal journey through the

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relentless demands of the program. “You gotta pay your dues,” they all say, almost like a mantra, and then begin trying to explain the importance of theatre in their own lives. A beginning point may be the ritual of “krunking”. “We get krunk before each show,” says Victoria, “a building energy, fee-fi-fo, warm-up kind of thing—we all gather in a big circle and it’s just something to get us pumped up.” Krunking has been a ritual for at least ten years, and there is a krunk master, a position that is passed down each year to a senior “who is heavily involved”. This need for constant energy is apparent on stage as North Springs has won numerous awards and has been chosen twice to perform in the Edinburgh (Scotland) as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. This summer they will present a stellar production of Bat Boy that includes video technology and which received three awards at the 2007 Georgia Theatre Conference: Best Ensemble, Best Technical Show, and Best Actress (Heidi Kloster). The strong sense of ensemble and the ethic for hard work is also responsible for what the students identified as their group’s biggest superstition: “If you’re in a show, you will get sick”. The good part may be that “understudies often get to go on”. This sense of commitment to the production and to their fellow ensemble members is a key factor in what the students take away from North Springs in addition to a solid grounding in acting and tech theatre. “It’s a tough program and the audition for some of these shows really cut you down—you’ve really got to work,” admits Victoria, “ but the level of support they [faculty] give us make us really better people.” Adds Claire, “Some of the students don’t go into theatre, but they walk away from the program with a sense of family and a way to communicate with the rest of the world.” Claire is not sure if she will major in Theatre in college or not, but she knows that it will have to remain as a part of her life. In her junior year, she discovered a true talent in directing, confirmed by Kimmel who reports that she has “directed all three shows this year brilliantly and she is well respected by her peers.” As the student director for Bat Boy, she discovered how to analyze a text and to convey an artistic vision. She also found out that what she was looking for as a director was “emotions that are true and real”. “With Bat Boy [as director] I watched the show every night and it never got boring because they were making active choices every night, new discoveries— it was just incredible.” She also said that as the actors grew, so did she. “I remember sometimes I would try to tell them exactly what to do. That doesn’t work at all. It’s more like leading them, not telling them what choice to make but that they do have to make one.” Her two current interests are French—“I’d like to do something with that and theatre”—and re-staging 7


…“there is a dual aspect of theatre… It is an intense connection that makes you confront your own emotions, to learn a lot about yourself, but it also makes you take a different perspective and find out about the heart and soul of society.”

Shakespeare “while keeping the integrity of what the idea was”. In terms of college, Victoria and Robby land on either side of Claire. Victoria is avidly devoted to musical theatre and has been accepted at the prestigious University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Declaring that she never thought she would be “where I am today”, Victoria confesses that “I came in wanting to be a star—all jazz hands and big moves—and learned how to be both upfront and in the back on stage.” She is proudest of the work she is doing on their upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, playing one of the lead roles as Golda. “There are times when I can look into someone else’s eyes and not be Victoria and not be the actor and truly fear for my child’s life and fear for my husband and truly be Golda.” Victoria knows that she will have a career in theatre and finds it frustrating when people outside the field fail to recognize it as a serious endeavor. She believes that theatre provides an escape by “lifting your spirits.” “It’s not that I want to escape from my life, because that would be pointless—I just have to go back to it some time. But I get a high when I am on stage, an adrenalin rush that makes drugs totally unnecessary.” Claire takes a slightly different tact in saying that “there is a dual aspect of theatre.” “It is an intense connection that makes you confront your own emotions, to learn a lot about yourself, but it also makes you take a different perspective and find out about the heart and soul of society.” For Robby, this translates into the notion that theatre “reminds us that we are people.” “Theatre and art can help people from going numb as it provides a way for them to share a live experience that allows them to reclaim their birthright, their humanity, and to feel that their lives are under their own control.” Robby is not ready to commit to any future as yet, or even to any art form, as he loves and wants to experience many of the performing arts including music, something for which everyone agrees he has shown immense talent. Robby is a private person with an intense internal life, and he has found a theatrical match for that in playing the role of Dr. Parker in Bat Boy. He says that the character is extremely many-layered and “I was drawn to him because he shows what fear and loneliness and a lack of love can do to people. I felt I could bring a lot to the role.” After he graduates from North Springs, Robby plans to find a liberal arts program where he can “explore many things and create a combination of them that work for me, like a loose paraphrase of James Joyce, a place where my soul can find a home.” As Victoria, Claire and Robby continue to talk it is obvious that this life play they inhabit will have an ending that includes successes, disappointments, joy, and pain—all the good stuff of theatre and all the things they are prepared to handle. Hold the Curtain! Playwright Pamela Turner is a regional rep for the Dramatists Guild of America and the Artistic Director of multiShades.atlanta. Contact her at turner397490@bellsouth.net.

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ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS JUSTIN MARTIN SCORES BIG WITH “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3”

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hirteen year-old Justin Martin is living every young actor’s dream. The Atlanta native and rising star recently starred as Travis in ABC’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sean Combs. And to top that off, Justin was thrilled to be selected to star in Walt Disney Pictures’ “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”, which will play in theatres nationally. “Justin always memorized commercials and songs and immediately recited them back as a youngster,” his mother Trina fondly remembers. Justin’s stage debut came at age five in a church play. Shortly thereafter, the young performer signed with an agency to do commercial work and landed a plum role in “The Wiz” at The Alliance Theatre, working with acclaimed director Kenny Leon. Local professional children’s theatre The Atlanta Workshop Players fostered and helped cultivate Justin’s massive talent. Justin attended their “Destiny” Performing Arts Camps and was also part of their tour show. The summer camp, he declared, was “amazing. I met people I’m still friends with today, kids I could relate to who were as passionate about the performing arts as I am.” “The Atlanta Workshop Players really prepared me for my career path, especially for the part of Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway. They helped give me confidence and made me feel comfortable onstage,” said Justin. Having just wrapped a film with Jamie Fox in which he plays a child musical prodigy, Justin admitted that “learning to play the cello was the most demanding thing I’ve done for a role.” The rising star was also challenged by playing a stutterer in another film. “It was tricky and really hard work,” he said. Justin has a short break before reporting to Utah in April for filming “High School Musical 3” in the new role of Donny Fox, part of the trio of sophomore characters Jimmy, Tierra and Donny. Justin’s charming, loquacious personality lends itself to asking him one more question. When quizzed about his passions other than theatre, the thirteen-year-old enthusiastically announced, “I’m a shoe maniac! I have more than a well-stocked lady. Nike is my favorite, so Nike, give me a call!”

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BEST JAZZ FOR KIDS: OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

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ialto Jazz for Kids is an ongoing series of comprehensive jazz education programs for elementary and middle-school students. The Rialto Center identifies schools to receive multiple annual visits from a professional jazz ensemble. The ensemble visits four to five times during a school year, beginning in September and ending in April, providing consecutive programming that adds additional lessons and post-visit activities. The Rialto Jazz for Kids program is under the leadership of Dr. Gordon Vernick, an accomplished author and musician, and head of the Georgia State University Jazz Studies program. Dr. Vernick brings a 20-year history of providing educational programs to young audiences. The Rialto Jazz for Kids programs begin with music, getting and holding the young audience member’s attention, but then proceeds to teach history, geography, interaction, and non-verbal communication through lessons about notes, instruments, harmony, and music styles. Elementary school programs close with students playing a variety of rhythm instruments (i.e. gourds, drums, maracas, claves) and learning the origins of the different rhythms accompanied by the jazz group. Middle School partnerships feature intensive instruction in jazz improvisation and culminate in a “Jazz Jam” at the Center in May. Other sites include Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. The activities and materials connected with the Rialto’s educational jazz outreach are curriculum-driven, stemming from, reflecting, and meeting the standards of the public school systems. 11


THE AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION: MAKING THE CONNECTION

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fter the inaugural August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2007, True Colors Theatre Company knew that it was on to something good for the community, young people and the arts. The competition spotlights the Pulitzer Prize winner’s Century Cycle of 10 plays reflecting aspects of the African American experience during the 20th Century—a play for each decade. The Second Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition expanded its reach to sophomores, juniors and seniors from Atlanta area public and private schools. Nearly 70 students participated in the preliminaries, 16 contestants went on to compete in the finals emceed by film actor, Bill Nunn on February 18th, at the 14th Street Playhouse. The finalists received a hardbound copy of an August Wilson play. The three winners were decided upon by local theater professionals, and WSB-TV anchor, Monica Pearson and were awarded with scholarships and plaques. Tri-Cities High School junior Willam Combs took first place with a monologue from Wilson’s MaRainey’s Black Bottom. First runner-up was Galen Williams, also a junior at Tri-Cities, performing a monologue from Jitney. Meghann Lehmann, a junior at Pebblebrook High School, received honorable mention for her portrayal of Vera from Seven Guitars. The winners continued on to attend The Kennedy Center’s August Wilson 20th Century Cycle festival in Washington, DC. They performed their winning monologues during the DC portion of the competition, a pilot event produced in partnership with The Kennedy Center. Kenny Leon offered, “When I think of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, I think of preservation, history, and the future—things that are important to True Colors, things that August Wilson represents. The competition connects young people to his works and poetry as they take a glimpse into the last one hundred years through the 10 plays. As artists, they are exposed to the value of diction, the mastery of plot structure, character development and the skills of writing. As Americans, they learn of things that are important to us through the culmination of art, history, and the future.” True Colors plans to expand the competition to a national status in 2009 involving several theatres across the country. 12


SHOWGUIDE PROFILES:

LEGACY CHILDREN’S THEATRE LEARNING EXCELLENCE AT A YOUNG AGE ON THE BIG STAGE

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he Legacy Theatre, Inc, is a full-time, year-round professional theatre in South Metro Atlanta. Through performance and education, this theatre fulfills the need in our thriving community for a haven for the performing arts. Located in Tyrone, and partnered with Doris Russell School of the Performing Arts and TCG Holdings, this elegant, but intimate theatrical space is ideal for live performances with a full-size stage and a large seating capacity. In this beautiful space lies a truly wonderful opportunity for our kids. Not only can our children be educated and entertained with live shows through Legacy Children’s Theatre, but kids can also be inspired as budding theatre artists. Theatre is a powerful tool to reach children. It taps into an instinct with which they are born, the instinct to explore by pretending. For many kids it is a refreshing new activity, which Theatre is a powerful tool focuses less on how they compare to other kids, and more on how much they can grow in theatre. With less competition, and the fun of to reach getting the chance to try being someone else, many discover more children. It about themselves. Legacy Theatre’s mission statement is “To provide theatre of taps into an unprecedented excellence to the South Metro Atlanta community, instinct with while inspiring and educating budding theatre artists in a which they compassionate and non-discriminating atmosphere, as well as are born, the nourishing present and future theatre-goers.” As part of this nourishing, theatre helps a child grow in many ways. It fosters the instinct to development of many life skills. Theatre improves communication explore by skills, helps in critical thinking, encourages cooperation in achieving pretending. a common goal, helps develop spiritual values, helps improve selfconfidence, and gives an opportunity for a child to express himself in a positive way. In addition, for many children, theatre lets them dream, and a child’s dreams are often the foundation of his or her future life. The Legacy Theatre values faith, people, and art, and strives to provide inspirational, familyfriendly entertainment. In just a few weeks, Artistic Director Mark A. Smith will become the Head of the Drama Department. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BA in theatre. He has performed with various professional theatres in New York, Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, and North Carolina. He toured internationally for three years with California Theatre Center, an awardwinning children’s theatre based out of Sunnyvale, California. Executive Producer, Bethany Hayes Smith, recently moved to Atlanta with her husband, Mark, from New York City, where she lived for seven years as a professional singer, actor, dancer, and choreographer. This summer may be your child’s opportunity to try a new venue, dream a little bigger, learn new life skills, and discover a little more. 14


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spring April Theatre A Midsummer Night’s Dream SHAKESPEARE COMEDY · APR 11 ~ MAY 4 The New American Shakespeare Tavern Shakespeare Tavern, The 499 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Prices: $12.00 - $35.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 7:30; Su @ 6:30

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields MESMERIZING PLAY · APR 24 ~ MAY 18 7 Stages Theatre 7 Stages Mainstage 1105 Euclid Ave, Atlanta Prices: $25.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 5:00 On The Fly

· MAR 8 ~ MAY 10 Fly-By Theatre West End Performing Arts Center 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta Prices: $3.00 - $7.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 IMPROV COMEDY

· APR 15 ~ APR 26 Gainesville Theatre Alliance Gainesville State College’s Ed Cabell Theatre 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville TIMELESS TALE

· APR 11 ~ MAY 11 Horizon Theatre Company Horizon Theatre 1083 Austin Ave (corner of Euclid & Austin), Atlanta POWERFUL DRAMA

Prices: $22.00 - $33.00 Times: We-Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 3:00 & 8:30; Su @ 5:00

“Horizons,” Emory Concert Choir, Eric Nelson, director CHORAL CONCERT · APR 25 ONLY Arts at Emory Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 N. Decatur Rd. Emory University, Atlanta

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Above the Fold, and Don’t Look at the Fat Lady by Topher Payne DOUBLE FEATURE · APR 10 ~ MAY 10 The Process Theatre Company Whole World Theatre’s 3rd Space Theatre 1226 Spring St, Atlanta Prices: $20.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00

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Improv Revolution IMPROV COMEDY · YEAR-ROUND Dad’s Garage Dad’s Garage Theatre 280 Elizabeth Street, Atlanta Prices: $10.00 - $12.00 · Times: Th @ 10:30

Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne COMEDY-DRAMA · APR 17 ~ MAY 9 The Process Theatre Company Whole World Theatre’s 3rd Space Theatre 1226 Spring St, Atlanta Prices: $20.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00

Prices: $12.00 - $18.00 Times: Tu-Sa @ 7:30; Su @ 2:30

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Scandal! The American Revolution IMPROV SOAP OPERA · FEB 29 ~ MAY 16 Dad’s Garage Dad’s Garage Theatre 280 Elizabeth Street, Atlanta Prices: $10.00 - $12.00 · Times: Fr @ 10:30

· APR 2 ~ MAY 4 Alliance Theatre Alliance Theatre Stage Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree St,, Atlanta RIVETING DRAMA

Prices: $20.00 - $50.00 Times: Tu-Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 2:30 & 8:00; Su @ 2:30 & 7:30

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks LIGHT COMEDY · APR 10 ~ MAY 4 Theatre Decatur 430 West Trinity Place, Decatur

Expecting Isabel CLEVER COMEDY · APR 18 ~ MAY 18 Synchronicity Performance Group 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta

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· APR 30 ~ Jewish Theatre of the South Morris & Rae Frank Theatre 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody RESONANT COMIC DRAMA

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· APR 25 ~ APR 27 Blackfriars of Agnes Scott College Winter Theatre Agnes Scott College campus, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur

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The Man Who Traveled in Elephants LIVE RADIO SHOW · APR 26 ONLY Atlanta Radio Theatre Company Stage Door Players 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Prices: $10.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 TheatreSports IMPROV COMEDY

Troupe du Jour VI IMPROV COMEDY · APR 25 ~ APR 26 Curtain Call Youth Players of Cobb Art Place, The 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta Prices: $3.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00

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Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. STUDENT SHOW · APR 18 ~ MAY 20 Atlanta Lyric Theatre The Byers Studio Theatre at The Lyric 1705 Commerce Dr, Atlanta Prices: $15.00 · Times: Fr @ 7:30; Sa-Su @ 2:00

“Size Blue,” Emory Dance Company Spring Concert DANCE CONCERT · APR 24 ~ APR 26 Arts at Emory Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 N. Decatur Rd. Emory University, Atlanta

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· APR 3 ~ MAY 4 Broadway Across America - Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center 395 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta STUNNING MUSICAL

Times: Th-Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 2:00 & 8:00

Music Theatre Candide

Prices: $22.50 - $132.50 Times: Tu-Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 2:00 & 8:00; Su @ 1:00 & 6:30

· APR 25 ~ APR 27 Georgia State University School of Music Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta Prices: $10.00 - $20.00 · Times: Fr @ 7:30; Su @ 3:00 COMIC OPERETTA

The Marriage of Figaro COMIC OPERA · APR 26 ~ MAY 4 The Atlanta Opera Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta Prices: $27.50 - $133.50 · Times: Please Check Website

Carmen BALLET · APR 28 ONLY The Fox Theatre Fox Theatre, The 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta Prices: $40.00 - $62.00 · Times: Mo @ 8:00

Five Course Love MUSICAL COMEDY · APR 17 ~ MAY 10 ART Station ART Station Theatre 5384 Manor Dr, Stone Mountain Prices: $20.00 - $26.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 3:00 Godspell

The Rocky Horror Picture Show CULT CLASSIC · YEAR-ROUND Lips Down on Dixie Lefont Plaza Theater 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta Prices: $7.00 · Times: Fr @ 11:55 The Spitfire Grill

· APR 18 ~ The Legacy Theatre 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone AMERICAN MUSICAL

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Prices: $25.00 Times: Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 3:00 & 8:00; Su @ 3:00

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Oh What a Lovely War VAUDEVILLE MUSICAL · APR 17 ~ APR 27 Theater Emory Mary Gray Munroe Theater Emory University Campus, Atlanta Prices: $14.00 - $18.00 · Times: We-Sa @ 7:00; Su @ 2:00

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Clayton State University Chorale CHORAL CONCERT · APR 27 ONLY TIMES: Clayton Community Big Band BIG BAND CONCERT · APR 28 ONLY

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Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow Emory Guitar Ensemble, Brian Luckett, director GUITAR CONCERT · APR 26 ONLY Arts at Emory Emory Performing Arts Studio Emory University 1804 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta Prices: $0.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00


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Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 CLASSICAL CONCERT · APR 24 ~ APR 27 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Hall 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta

Stuart Little

· APR 12 ~ APR 30 The Towne Lake Arts Center Towne Lake Arts Center, The 6576 Commerce Pkwy, Woodstock Prices: $8.00 · Times: We @ 10:00; Sa-Su @ 3:00 CLASSIC TALE

Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 Times: Th & Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 3:00

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· APR 26 ~ MAY 18 Synchronicity Performance Group Synchronicity at 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta CHARMING CHILDREN’S SHOW

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Cinderella Della Circus PUPPET SHOW · APR 8 ~ JUN 22 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta Prices: $16.00 · Times: Please Check Website

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performance guide

spring May

Leading Ladies

· MAY 2 ~ MAY Lionheart Theatre Company Norcross Cultural Arts Center 10 Britt Avenue, Norcross HILARIOUS COMEDY

Theatre

Prices: $12.00 - $15.00 Times: Fr-Sa @ 7:30; Su @ 2:00 & 7:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream BELOVED COMEDY · MAY 2 ~ MAY 17 North Fulton Drama Club Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell

h Noises Off

· MAY 1 ~ MAY Aurora Theatre 128 Pike St, Lawrenceville BRITISH FARCE

Prices: $0.00 - $40.00 Times: Fr-Sa @ 7:30; Su 5/4 @ 4:00

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Prices: $18.00 - $25.00 Times: Th-Fr @ 8:00; Sa @ 2:30 & 8:00; Su @ 2:30

· MAY 1 ~ MAY 10 Onstage Atlanta 2597 North Decatur Road, Decatur Prices: $17.00 - $20.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 3:00 COMEDY

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On The Fly

· MAR 8 ~ MAY 10 Fly-By Theatre West End Performing Arts Center 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta Prices: $3.00 - $7.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 IMPROV COMEDY

Charlotte’s Web FAMILY CLASSIC · MAY 3 ~ JUN 1 Kudzu Playhouse Kudzu Playhouse Stage 2 10743 Alpharetta Highway Brannon Square, Roswell Prices: $10.00 · Times: Sa @ 7:00; Su @ 2:00

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead COMEDY · MAY 8 ~ JUN 1 The New American Shakespeare Tavern 499 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Prices: $12.00 - $32.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 7:30; Su @ 6:30

Driving Miss Daisy CLASSIC DRAMA · MAY 9 ~ JUN 1 Academy Theatre 119 Center St, Avondale Estates Prices: $15.00 - $20.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 5:00

Some Men

· MAY 1 ~ MAY 31 Actor’s Express King Plow Arts Center 887 W Marietta St, Suite J-107, Atlanta Prices: $22.00 - $27.00 · Times: We-Sa @ 8:00 COMEDY-DRAMA

I Take This Man

· MAY 2 ~ MAY 17 Polk Street Players St. James Church 161 Church St., Marietta Prices: $10.00 - $16.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00 HILARIOUS COMEDY

Taking a Chance On Love ROMANTIC COMEDY · MAY 2 ~ JUN 1 Kudzu Playhouse Kudzu Playhouse Stage 1 10743 Alpharetta Highway Brannon Square, Roswell Prices: $14.00 - $18.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 2:30

Improv @ the Academy Theatre Improv Comedy · May 17 only Laughing Matters Academy Theatre 119 Center St, Avondale Estates Prices: $15.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00

The Clean House COMEDY-DRAMA · MAY 30 ~ JUN 29 Horizon Theatre Company 1083 Austin Ave (corner of Euclid & Austin), Atlanta

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performance guide

spring The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) IRREVERENT COMEDY · MAY 2 ~ MAY 24 Theatre On Main 4857 North Main Street, Acworth Prices: $10.00 - $15.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00

Berlioz Requiem CLASSICAL CONCERT

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Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) PUPPET SHOW · MAY 15 ~ MAY 18 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta Prices: $12.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 5:00

Music Theatre Anything Goes

· MAY 2 ~ MAY 4 Atlanta Lyric Theatre Ferst Center for the Arts Georgia Tech 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta Prices: $42.00 - $53.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 2:00 AMUSING MUSICAL

Cowgirls

Masters of Percussion PERCUSSION CONCERT · MAY 3 ONLY Prices: $32.00 - $56.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Big Band BIG BAND CONCERT · MAY 17 ONLY Prices: $36.00 - $62.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta

· MAY 29 ~ JUN 29 Theatre Decatur 430 West Trinity Place, Decatur Prices: $18.00 - $0.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 2:00 SLAPSTICK HOE-DOWN

MAY 1 ~ MAY 3

Brahms Symphony No. 3 CLASSICAL CONCERT · MAY 8 ~ MAY 9 Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 · Times: Th-Fr @ 8:00 ASYO Spring Concert CLASSICAL CONCERT · MAY 11 ONLY Prices: $12.00 · Times: Su @ 3:00 Sarah Chang and Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 CLASSICAL CONCERT · MAY 15 ~ MAY 17 Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00 Cinderella CLASSICAL CONCERT · MAY 18 ONLY Prices: $15.00 - $20.00 · Times: Su @ 1:30 & 3:30 An Evening of Musical Shakespeare CLASSICAL CONCERT · MAY 22 ~ MAY 24 Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00 Patti Austin POPS CONCERT · MAY 30 ~ MAY 31 Prices: $20.00 - $62.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Hall 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta

The Servant of Two Masters HYSTERICAL COMEDY · MAY 7 ~ MAY 11 Georgia Shakespeare Piedmont Park, Lake Clara Meer, Atlanta Times: We-Su @ 7:30

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Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00

Deborah Voigt, soprano, and Brian Zeger, piano RECITAL CONCERT · MAY 3 ONLY Arts at Emory Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 N. Decatur Rd. Emory University, Atlanta Prices: $28.00 - $56.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00

Sing It On!

· MAY 17 ONLY Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy Sketchworks Theatre 3041 N. Decatur Rd, Decatur Prices: $10.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 IMPROV MUSICAL

MasterWorks

· MAY 17 ONLY Atlanta Sacred Chorale Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 N. Decatur Rd. Emory University, Atlanta Prices: $15.00 - $20.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 CHORAL CONCERT

Concert 50th Anniversary Celebration! CELEBRATION CONCERT · MAY 17 ONLY Song of Atlanta Holy Family Catholic Church 3401 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta

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Times: Sa @ 5:00

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SPANNING THE GLOBE CHORAL GEMS FROM NEAR AND FAR

May 17, 2008 7:00pm Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church 800 Highway 29 South Lawrenceville Ticket prices: $15 adults; $25 couple; $10 senior citizens & groups of 10 or more

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spring Spanning the Globe: Choral Gems from Near and Far CHORAL CONCERT · MAY 17 ONLY Gwinnett Choral Guild Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church 800 Lawrenceville Hwy. South (Hwy. 29), Lawrenceville Prices: $10.00 - $15.00 · Times: Sa @ 7:00

Dance

Kids Shows

Music Theatre

Alice in Wonderland CLASSIC TALE · MAY 3 ONLY The Towne Lake Arts Center Towne Lake Arts Center, The 6576 Commerce Pkwy, Woodstock Prices: $5.00 · Times: Sa @ 11:00 & 3:00

Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein MUSICAL REVUE · JUN 5 ~ JUN 22 Atlanta Lyric Theatre The Byers Studio Theatre at The Lyric 1705 Commerce Dr, Atlanta Prices: $22.00 - $27.00 · Times: Th-Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 2:00

Sideshow

· JUN 6 ONLY Full Radius Dance 7 Stages Mainstage 1105 Euclid Ave, Atlanta MODERN DANCE

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Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Business KIDS MUSICAL · MAY 10 ONLY The Legacy Theatre 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone Prices: $7.00 - $10.00 · Times: Sa @ 9:00 & 11:00

Concert

Bach Brandenburg No. 2 and Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3 CLASSICAL CONCERT · JUN 5 ~ JUN 8 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Hall 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta

The Wind in the Willows CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE · MAY 3 ~ MAY 24 Theatre On Main Theatre on Main 4857 North Main Street, Acworth Prices: $8.00 · Times: Sa @ 11:00 & 3:00

June

Prices: $10.00 - $70.00 Times: Th & Sa @ 8:00; Su @ 3:00

Season Finale!

· JUN 7 ONLY Atlanta Sacred Chorale Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 N. Decatur Rd. Emory University, Atlanta Prices: $15.00 - $20.00 · Times: Sa @ 8:00 CHORAL CONCERT

Theatre Gone For A Soldier: Voices of the American Civil War HISTORICAL DRAMA · JUN 7 ~ JUN 29 Gypsy Theatre Company Sanwee Mountain Preserve Outdoor Amphitheatre 2500 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming Prices: $10.00 - $15.00 · Times: Sa-Su @ 2:00 & 4:00

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice CLASSIC DRAMA · JUN 6 ~ JUN 21 Theatre On Main 4857 North Main Street, Acworth Prices: $10.00 - $15.00 · Times: Fr-Sa @ 8:00

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