Atlanta ShowGuide Summer 2020

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Summer 2020



EXPANDS ITS EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH Decatur Brings the Cool in Summer! Introducing Art Beats Atlanta, An Online Portal for Virtual Arts Events and Digital Content

The Atlanta Opera: Connecting to our Community Housebound Artists Conquer COVID with “Quarantine Creations”

TYSOD Family Zooms into its 42nd Season

Introducing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Stage

City Springs Theatre Company Proudly Presents its Third Season

Theatrical Outfit will Bring an Exciting and Diverse Season that Reflects the City of Atlanta

NBAForward: The Art of Giving

Atlanta ShowGuide Spotlights • Performance Guide • Video Library

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company Expands its Educational Outreach


Introducing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Stage

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Decatur Brings the Cool in Summer!


Theatrical Outfit will Bring an Exciting and Diverse Season that Reflects the City of Atlanta


Atlanta ShowGuide Spotlights


Atlanta ShowGuide Video Library Online Video Performances


Atlanta ShowGuide Performance Guide


Atlanta ShowGuide The Show Must Go On!

Introducing Art Beats Atlanta, An Online Portal for Virtual Arts Events and Digital Content


TYSOD Family Zooms into its 42nd Season


City Springs Theatre Company Proudly Presents its Third Season

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NBAForward: The Art of Giving


Housebound Artists Conquer COVID with “Quarantine Creations” by Holley Calmes

The Atlanta Opera: Connecting to our Community

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Access The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s most recent educational touring productions of Romeo & Juliet, Best of the Bard, Midsummer, Junior and more!

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company Expands its Educational Outreach

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he Education branch of The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has grown exponentially in the company’s 30 year history. Even in the very beginning, they were offering matinee performances for all of the students at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, a once-a-year touring production that reached every Senior in that county. Soon, they branched out to performing student matinees of their evening shows in their own space, The Shakespeare Tavern. Twice a week, students from all over the state packed into the casual 175-seat house to watch a Shakespeare play being performed. Now, 25 years later, those students are grown and bringing their partners and children to see plays and the company presents matinees four days a week to 300 students a day. In 2002, they expanded by offering Original Practice training to actors through their Apprentice Company. Many of the first apprentices have started their own theatre companies in Georgia and other states, many are teaching new apprentices, most are still performing on the Tavern stage, and a handful are full time administrative staff. In addition to the on-going student matinee performances which run throughout

the school year, the Education Department offers touring shows, playshops and workshops at schools, full residencies at schools, homeschool programs, Summer camps for kids of all ages, and a Shakespeare Intensive for Teens program which immerses high school kids in a month-long intensive where they learn how to produce and perform a full-length Shakespeare play as well as the fundamentals of Original Practice. Through these programs, the Education Department reaches over 30,000 students annually from all over Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. The Department continues to expand to fresh territories with their newly implemented digital learning series. Their 2019-2020 touring shows are now available to watch online and include study guides and quiz assignments! Their 2020 Summer Camps will be offered digitally as well. Parents and teachers all over the world now have access to the deep well of learning about Shakespeare in fun and engaging ways. The motto of the department “Making the world safe through iambic pentameter” has never been more true than now!


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can’t-miss sculpture on Church Street at Sycamore. (#decaturga for your Insta). We Still Have a Festival for That Yes, we have to keep the streets clear, and gatherings are out, but Decatur still brings the arts with the Decatur Arts Festival 2020 juried Fine Arts Exhibition. See it online at In September the acclaimed Book As Art exhibition returns in an online or contact-free, by-appointment format. Stay tuned — Decatur’s acclaimed event and festival planners continue to brainstorm innovative, creative ways to celebrate music, the arts, dance, comedy, theater, summer, craft beer, wine and more.

We Have an Answer for That Hungry for new sights, shopping, pampering, or for a meal that you didn’t cook yourself? Decatur businesses are here for you! Many dining spots have opened their doors and patios, some are open for takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery. Retail shops have carefully opened for shopping, or by appointment, or online only. See our handy online guide at DecaturOpenForBusiness. Take a Stroll and Feed Your Soul First, #lookupdecatur has timely new art works installed on light poles. Look down for Secret Doors Decatur, placed in nooks and crannies. Details at Decatur’s murals include a work by Milagros Collective on the MARTA bridge at 420 W. Trinity Place. “Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers,” by up-and-coming artist Yehimi Cambron, is at 302 W. Howard Ave. The ongoing Artway series has ten sculptures installed around downtown and in Oakhurst Village south of the square. Locations and artist details at Check out “Something We Had to Go Through,” a

Staycation Decatur! Book an upscale stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites or the Marriott Courtyard Decatur. Both are on Clairemont Avenue just a short block north of the square, ready to welcome you with continuously sanitized, contact-free hospitality. Know Before You Go Get the latest details at visitdecaturga. com, and connect with us on Instagram (@visitdecaturga), VisitDecaturGa and Twitter (@ DecaturTourism).


THE ART of GIVING NBaF’S VIrtUaL benefIt & iNaugural HorIZon awarDS

“The Art of Giving” is the theme for NBAF’s first virtual benefit, focusing on our efforts to transform lives and make a collective impact during the challenging times that we are facing in Atlanta and as a Nation. Let’s come together as a community to support artists with their abundance of talent and inspiration by investing our time, resources, and most importantly, hope!

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Introducing Art Beats Atlanta, An Online Portal for Virtual Arts Events and Digital Content by Art Beats Atlanta


co-op of Atlanta-based arts and culture organizations has launched Art Beats Atlanta, a free online portal where people sheltering-at-home can find and engage with virtual events and digital content created by arts organizations throughout the greater-Atlanta area. The website,, showcases weekly virtual events, information, and digital content for theatre and spoken word, dance and movement, music, visual arts, film and classes. Even though the immediate intention is to provide a space to share online arts programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term goal is to become a permanent resource for the greater Atlantaarea. The goal is also to inspire people to learn more about the arts community, and how they can become more engaged. “This idea is rooted in a couple of beliefs,” says Rachel May, Producing Artistic Director of Synchronicity Theatre, and one of the founding members of Art Beats Atlanta. “First, people need entertainment, amusement and engagement for their emotional well-being. Since this is our

business, the arts community has the innate ability to serve this need. Second, having one place where people can find highquality digital content that can be enjoyed while they are sheltering-in-place, will keep people engaged in the arts, and bring them back to us when restrictions are lifted.” “The excitement and buy-in of supporters and board members was an early indicator of the appetite for a site that will bring together virtual arts offerings throughout Atlanta,” says Gretchen Butler, Managing Director of Theatrical Outfit. “We were thrilled to have two donors step up immediately to cover the costs of the design and launch, allowing us to offer arts organizations the opportunity to participate at no cost to them at this time.” So far, over 60 organizations have begun listing virtual events. To become a member organization or to submit events or content, please visit There is currently no membership fee to join. The public can access at no charge.



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TYSOD Family Zooms into its 42nd Season

In-studio training various ballet, silks, prior to mid-march 2020 – Abigail Photos and Cass Lievsay


n mid-March, as the state’s restaurants, schools, salons and performance venues shuttered their operations, Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance was forced to do the same. The once bustling lobby, empty. The piano, silent. Realizing the school might be closed for an extended period, Artistic Director and Founder, Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz, set out to find a solution, and do it quickly. By the end of the month, the Roswellbased dance school had reinvented its business model and pivoted to virtual classes. With the spring productions of Cinderella and Straight From the Heart cancelled, the focus was on continued training. The studio — that during normal operations sees more than 350 dancers a day — now runs entirely online. TYSOD’s 25-member faculty are teaching more than 50 classes per week using Zoom. “We wanted a platform to share only with our registered students to keep them safe”, said Yilmaz. “We needed to stay connected. Not only did we want to keep some normalcy for our kids, but also keep them Zoom & Home Photos: engaged

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and growing as dancers. The live online classes give them that opportunity.” In addition to Zoom class offerings, TYSOD added a wide range of prerecorded offerings to their web site, including classes in conditioning, videos of past performances, and even activity sheets for its youngest dancers. As the state begins to open up, TYSOD is offering Zoom classes and select instudio classes that are appropriately socially distanced. Looking ahead to the fall, when the TYSOD family does return home, they will do it in style. Their new, 24,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, located at the corner of Houze Road and Houze Way in Roswell, is scheduled to welcome students in September. Faculty, dancers, and staff will enjoy spacious, custom-built studios with sprung floors, an in-house costume shop, a physical therapy suite and even a rooftop lounge! TYSOD and Roswell Dance Theatre look forward to creating more art in this beautiful facility to share with and uplift our community in the months ahead. For more information about our training and upcoming productions, or to join our TYSOD family, please visit


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City Springs Theatre Company Proudly Presents its Third Season

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ur third season opens with the International hit musical, Mamma Mia!, featuring the songs of Swedish supergroup ABBA. Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Featuring such hits songs as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Waterloo.” In December, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s modern classic hits the Byers Theatre stage in a colorful and elegant production — perfect for the holiday season! Everyone’s favorite storybook characters come together in this epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make. More than 30 years after its debut, Into The Woods is still one of Sondheim’s most popular shows. March 2021 will bring Tony Award®recipient Baayork Lee back to City Springs Theatre Company to direct The King and I, an enduring musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The musical tells the true story of Anna, an English widow summoned by the King of Siam to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. This truly unique love story has delighted audiences for nearly 70 years. Featuring

such timeless songs as “Shall We Dance,” “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune. May brings the musical about the first muscical. “Welcome to the Renaissance” and to the world of Something Rotten, where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Hailed by Time Out as “the funniest musicalcomedy in at least 400 years.” We wrap up our season with a show as relevant today as when it premiered in 1957, West Side Story. This landmark Broadway musical (with a legendary score by Leonard Bernstein) transports Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, struggling to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice. Featuring immortal songs such as “Tonight,” “Something’s Coming” and “I Feel Pretty.”


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The Art of Giving


BAF’s priority is to support African American artists during the challenging times that we are facing in Atlanta and as a Nation. As a result, the theme for NBAFs 2020 fundraiser is “The Art of Giving” which focuses on the desire to transform lives and make a collective impact in a tangible way. Now is the time for us to come together as a community to support artists with their abundance of talent and inspiration and sow into them by investing our time, resources and most importantly, hope! As a part of this exciting event, we are proud to launch the NBAF Horizon Awards. For the past three decades, NBAF has been dedicated to supporting talented artists in developing and showcasing their craft. This year, along with loyal donors and supporters of the arts, we are proud to continue this work through the inaugural NBAF Horizon Awards competition. These awards represent our evolution, growth, and

enduring commitment to uplift emerging talent and through them we will honor three extraordinary artists who have utilized their artistic expression in ways that promote healing and restoration in light of COVID19. We’ve curated and invited top industry professionals to participate as judges for this competition, all of whom are experts in their field, connected to the culture, and at the pulse of innovation with roots in Atlanta. Our national judging committee is one of a kind with the purpose to connect them with emerging talent through our competitive application process. The application process opened in May via invite only, with final submissions due June 30th. Award winners will be announced the first week of September and presented at “The Art of Giving” Horizon Awards Ceremony on September 26, 2020. For more information please visit us at nbaf. org.


Atlanta Shakespeare Company, 2019 Twelfth Night

Hansel Gretel Images Photos courtesy of The Atlanta Opera, Telegrams Images


The Atlanta Opera: Connecting to our Community

n early March, The Atlanta Opera made the decision to postpone the remainder of its 2019-20 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a performing arts organization, live performances are the main connection to audiences, and the company began looking for new ways to reach the community. The Atlanta Opera’s costume department soon began working to create more than 2,400 hospital mask covers, and together with The Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet produced more than 3,000 hospital gowns for local hospital systems and frontline healthcare workers. Eighteen artists worked from home to sew and deliver 550 gowns per week while live performances remained suspended. The company also launched its novel singing telegram initiative as a way to create personal connections for those feeling the need for human connection during the pandemic. Atlanta Opera Studio Artists and members of The Atlanta Opera Chorus filmed themselves performing and then the videos, combined with personal messages, were shared with senior living communities, hospitals, or other individuals in need of emotional support during this challenging time. The program was initially piloted with residents at Lenbrook, a senior living community in Atlanta, and expanded to

reach frontline healthcare workers and other individuals in the Atlanta community. During this time, the company found a new way of taking opera to Georgia’s students and created a new immersive virtual show expressly for distance learning. The Studio Tour is a traveling production presented in schools and community venues across the state of Georgia. The 2019-20 season’s production of Hansel and Gretel was wittily adapted by director Brenna Corner, as opera for the Zoom age: Story Time with Hansel and Gretel. The story finds the siblings isolating at home, but apart from one another, since Gretel has been stuck at Grandma’s since the pandemic began. The new song and story session has already been distributed through multiple Atlanta area library systems, as well as on the company’s Facebook and YouTube channels, with the potential to reach students and families throughout Georgia and beyond. Looking toward the future and resuming live performances, The Atlanta Opera is planning the 2020-21 season with hope and optimism, while closely monitoring the ever-evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about community initiatives and upcoming performances, visit


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rtists OTP have been affected by the lives by the motto: “Challenge Accepted!” recent sequestration as well as those Zoom 10-Minute Plays were created to in downtown Atlanta. Eventually provide support for writers and actors. “We however, the creative urge overcomes all are releasing one play a week via YouTube obstacles. and Facebook,” Parker says. She plans to have Visual and performing artists in Gwinthe playwrights expand their “Zooms” to full nett County have used their “down time” one act plays for future performances. well, growing from moods of bored frustraLive Arts is also holding “Virtual 5K” tion to “ha-hah” moments of innovation. fundraising events where supporters Duluth photographer Mary Buck’s complete a 5K walk, run, bike, or swim and portfolio includes masterful depictions of mail in their photo for the “Finishers Wall.” Cuba, Paris, and Venice. When sequestration Another Duluth photographer, Dustin began, Buck wondered how to spend her Grau, turned away from the camera for a time and decided to redecorate her backyard bit. “I love making prop replicas of movie and with birdfeeders and birdbaths. Suddenly, a pop culture items, so I dove deep into my 3D whole new realm of visual beauty caught her printer, creating designs and spending hours camera’s eye. painting them.” “I soon found the silver lining in my “When I did get out, I photographed quarantine when birds started to appear,” Duluth, Lawrenceville and Atlanta while the says Buck. state was under lockdown, documenting Daily images of bright winged creatures some historic sights without people.” now delight her social media followers. “I Robert Siegel of Gwinnett’s Stone never took time to watch for birds before,” Mountain Chorus reports that although she explains. “A whole new world has weekly rehearsals were suspended, and the opened up for me, and all this time they were Spring Concert was cancelled, creative ideas there in front of my eyes.” have emerged. Visit these innovative artists Becca Parker of Live “We are still rehearsArts Theatre in Norcross ing virtually on Zoom but Mary Buck – Duluth Photographer faced major challenges plan to get together soon when Covid -19 struck. for an outdoor rehearsal Live Arts Theatre Theater doors were closed, at a local park. We’re also Dustin Grau putting an end to a season working on a virtual re where ticket sales and cording where we mix our Stone Mountain Chorus support had skyrocketed. separate voices into one Revenue was lost. But Parker musical track.”


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Introducing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Stage

OVID-19 has created unique challenges for arts and culture institutions across the country. Responding to the public health and financial impacts of the crisis, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) made the difficult decision to cancel all the remainder of its 75th classical subscription, which was scheduled to conclude June 2020. “We feel that now, more than ever, it is vital for us to continue to share a message of inspiration and hope with the community,” said Jennifer Barlament, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Executive Director. “For now, in the interest of the well-being of all, we do so remotely through the ASO Virtual Stage.” The ASO Virtual Stage is a central hub of engaging online content featuring insightful interviews, on-demand concerts, educational programs, archival content and more. Recent videos available for on-demand streaming include performances with pianist Lang Lang, violinist Joshua Bell, and the ASO’s last 2020 performance in Symphony Hall — a historic return to the ASO podium by Yoel Levi featuring legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Each Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m., the ASO hosts a live event on the Virtual Stage. Recent Thursday

night features have included conversations with living composers Jennifer Higdon and Michael Kurth (who is also a member of the ASO’s bass section), interactive watch parties for on-demand concerts, as well premieres of newly recorded solo and chamber performances. In addition to performance videos and live conversations, the ASO curated a Hope and Healing playlist, which features a collection of hopeful music featuring some of the Orchestra’s dearest friends near and far. The playlist brings together some of the classical music world’s most cherished works, such as Yo-Yo Ma’s Prélude to the Bach Cello Suite No. 1, and music by long-time ASO collaborators JeanYves Thibaudet, Gil Shaham, Jennifer Hidgon, Hilary Hahn and more. Those looking for additional listening opportunities may enjoy select WABE broadcasts, available on the Virtual Stage for a limited time. The ASO continues to take new steps in its journey to a safe return to the Symphony Hall stage in the fall. Until then, music lovers far and wide can stay connected to the music on the ASO Virtual Stage. Visit for more information. #ASOtogetherapart


Atlanta Master Chorale joyfully celebrates the 20th anniversary of Artistic Director, Eric Nelson.

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Theatrical Outfit will Bring an Exciting and Diverse Season that Reflects the City of Atlanta a role like you have never seen him in before in the haunting Tony Award winning drama The Humans by Stephen Karam. Finally, the season will conclude with a powerful partnership with Theatre J in Washington DC on a co-production of Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities by Anna Deavere Smith. “When selecting plays for my first season I asked three questions: Will audiences love this story? Will this play shine in the Balzer Theater? And does the play start ‘a conversation that matters?’ For each of this season’s plays the answer is a resounding YES,” says Torney. “The work is theatrically daring, offers an extraordinary showcase for talented Atlanta artists, and speaks powerfully to the present moment. Additionally, I am thrilled to bring Theatrical Outfit to Washington DC for the first time with a co-production of a masterpiece of Documentary Theatre with Theatre J. This season has the potential to make a huge impact, and I can’t wait to welcome you to Luckie Street to get the conversation started.”


eptember 2020 kicks off not only a smart, authentic, and vital new season at Theatrical Outfit (TO), it also starts a new era as Matt Torney becomes the new Artistic Director — taking the reins from Tom Key after a 25-year legacy. TO is deeply invested in how theatre can strengthen Atlanta’s communities by starting urgent, exciting, and profound conversations, by celebrating the power of live art to bring people together, and by recognizing that an active and vibrant culture helps make a better future. The new season features 6 Awardwinning plays. Opening the season, Torney will direct the daring Outer Critics Circle Award winning satire Admissions by Joshua Harmon. Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, will take to the stage next rearranging TO in a bold new way. The holidays will see a hilarious mystery for the whole family with Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig. The New Year will get off to a rocking start with the Drama Desk Award winning musical Passing Strange — book and lyrics by Stew with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Next, Tom Key will return to the TO stage in

The Royale. Pictured: Garrett Turner, Brian Kurlander, Marlon Andrew Burnley. Photo by Casey Gardner Photography.


2019 Caesar

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2019 King Lear

ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS As of press time the following events are scheduled, but may be subject to change Art’s in Full Bloom All Over Decatur Grab that mask for a stretch-your-legs tour of Decatur’s public art, starting with the Milagros Collective mural on the MARTA bridge at 420 W. Trinity Place. Stroll downtown (and Oakhurst) for the latest Artway sculptures, Secret Doors Decatur and #lookupdecatur installations. Finish on the east side with “Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers,” a mural by Yehimi Cambron, at 302 W. Howard Ave. Details at Treat yourself “indie-catur” with comfort food — dine in, takeout or curbside pickup — from your favorite Decatur eateries. Shops are opening, too! Check out our handy online guide at

thus provide for their households. It is our hope to sustain this fund month over month through your support by adding new donors, corporate sponsors and community partners so that we can support black artists in Atlanta and eventually nationwide. It is our desire to award small stipends to artists to navigate through these difficult times and continue to support our artist community in creating the work that makes our world so vibrant! Please consider supporting us in this effort.

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Experience Shakespeare Like Never Before The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is a unique theatre experience. It is a place out of time; a place of live music, handcrafted period costumes, outrageous sword fights with the entire experience centered on the passion and poetry of the spoken word. With a Ready To Eat Café-Style Menu and a broad selection of ales and premium brews available before each performance, the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is a place to eat, drink, and nourish the soul. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is a bright and talented group of professionals who interpret, direct, produce and perform the works of William Shakespeare.

The Artist Project Fund With the uneasiness we all feel surrounding COVID-19, it is NBAF’s priority to ensure that our community doesn’t go without resources during times of a national crisis. As a result, NBAF (National Black Arts) launched an Artist Project Fund to support Black Artists in getting back to work and


ATLANTA ONLINE VIDEO LIBRARY SUMMER Since we can’t be together in the theater right now, Atlanta ShowGuide is bringing the performing arts community to you! With the help of our partner arts organizations, we have launched a video library on our website, Take a look and enjoy music, dance, drama and more from some of our area’s most talented artists.

ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG Hear from award-winning theater artists including Tom Kitt, Sierra Boggess, Tony Shalhoub, and many more in Alliance Theatre’s new video series, “The Artist’s Approach.” Weekly episodes will feature prerecorded conversations with some of today’s most exciting actors, directors, and writers for stage and screen on their approach to their craft and tips of the trade. See full episodes here: Ask an Artist: Each week we’ll go behind-the-scenes to give an inside look at the Alliance Theatre.


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Artists from The Atlanta Opera’s Studio Tour production of Hansel and Gretel present a fun-filled story and song virtual session. The artists will read their version of the well-known fairytale as well as share a few songs (in English!) from Humperdinck’s classic opera.View the most recent Education Performance – a watch party online with the Fulton County Library System.

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ATLANTASYMPHONY.ORG A full library of videos videos ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron’s incredibly rare Stradivarius violin is almost 300 years old and one of only about 1,000 ever made. Ever wondered how reeds are made? ASO Principal Bassoon Andrew Brady discusses how he makes the reeds for his instrument and the intricacies that go along with making specific reeds to get specific sounds.

Capitol City Opera Company’s #operafromadistance challenge continues with a performance of the notorious Queen of the Night aria from Magic flute sung by Megan Brunning and accompanied by Catherine Giel. videos/770307930168216/ Capitol City Opera Company get their #operafromadistance on with a performance of “Der Vogelfänger bin rich ja” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute! This video features Wade Thomas as Papageno and Catherine Giel on piano. videos/2894440687303028/ Capitol City Opera Company continues to share the joys of opera with its audience! Performing Pamina’s aria “Ach, ich fühl’s” from the Magic Flute is soprano Esther Kim Ruder and pianist Catherine Giel. videos/236465660885400/ #operafromadistance with Capitol City Opera! Here is a charming performance of “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni. Performing are Ivan Segovia and Megan Mashburn with Catherine Giel on piano. videos/2757673791012620/




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The “You Can’t Stop the Beat” finale to CSTC’s 2019 production of HAIRSPRAY: THE MUSICAL, featuring Jennifer Massey as “Tracy,” Greg London as “Edna” and the entire company.


The touching “Feed the Birds” featuring Kerry Conte and Kayce Grogan-Wallace from the CSTC production of MARY POPPINS: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL.


This is a 5-minute selection from our concert from last October, “Time Forgotten - Time Remembered” which sought to connect caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s the final part of a choral work called, “Alzheimer’s Stories” by Robert Cohen. The text is “Find those you love in the dark and light. Help them through the days and nights. Keep faith; they sense what they cannot show. Love and music are the last things to go. Sing anything!” The full MOS singing “Festival Gloria” by Craig Courtney a few years back:


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Chase Peacock and Jessica De Maria talk with Michael Van Osch about their new musical, THE PRETTY PANTS BANDIT, and life in quarantine. Plus, hear one of the songs from the show!

Feed your senses with interviews, performances and replays on the Rialto web site.


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BROADWAY DIGITAL CABARET: Deborah Bowman videos/547472266129647/ Candy Mclellan videos/2440264736236542/ Christy Bagget watch/?v=245700453344554 Matt Lewis videos/268957744228594/ Trevor Perry videos/1158301481202782/ Laura Floyd Wood watch/?v=266902624687896 VIDEO: Did you miss the OUR LUCKIE STARS VIRTUAL GALA? No worries. You can watch the full event today and still donate at our website to support telling stories that start the conversations that matter. TOM KEY POETRY SLAM: Poem 1 watch/?v=204517507655258


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Americans and the significance of producing the world premiere of “Good Bad People,” by playwright Rachel Lynett, during the 2020-21 True Colors season. Broadcast live on May 28th, 2020.




AWC: I Stand Here in My Heart Imagine Will There Really Be A Morning? She Rises

TRUECOLORSTHEATRE.ORG TCG 2020 KEYNOTE SPEECH Jamil Jude, True Colors’ Artistic Director, passionately delivers the keynote address for the TCG (Theatre Communications Group) 2020 Virtual Conference. Nikkole Salter and Monique Holt also joined Jude for the keynote. Broadcast live on June 3rd, 2020.

AGMC: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother Think/Respect Glory from Selma Hard Times Come Again No More AGMC AND AWC Mend the Sky

“UNSUNG SHEROES” COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONTRUE COLORS THEATRE watch?v=vthBakBqn2M&t=1928s This conversation is part of True Colors’ Community Conversation series for its She Griots season, discussing forgotten legends and the importance of remembrance. Panelists: Bishop Carolyn TylerGuidry, Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell (City of South Fulton Government), Dr. Calinda Lee (Atlanta History Center), and Gocha Hawkins (business owner and celebrity hairstylist), moderated by Associate Producer Clarissa Crawford. Broadcast live on May 16th, 2020. TRUE COLORS SPEAKS TO THE PAIN FELT BY MANY watch?v=KbWUVwQhXhY&t=10s True Colors’ Artistic Director, Jamil Jude, responds to recent acts of injustices against African-


ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE SUMMER Performance guide courtesy of As of press time the following events are scheduled, but may be subject to change

KIDS SHOWS ATLANTA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY DIGITAL LEARNING 6/1-7/31/20 Price: Free! Atlanta Shakespeare Company TIX: 404-874-5299 ELM STREAM 6/1-7/31/20 Price: Free! Elm Street Cultural Arts Village TIX: 678-494-4251

RONNY CHIENG 8/19/20 Price :$40 Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 TIX: 404-843-2825 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL 9/17-9/27/20 Price: $100-$800 Various Locations TIX: 470-296-0170



RIALTO VIRTUAL REPLAYS 5/1-7/31/20 Price: Free! Rialto Center for the Arts TIX: 404-413-2000

JUKEBOX GIANTS: MOTOWN & MORE! 8/14-8/23/20 Price: $20-$50 Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 117 North Park Sq, Marietta, GA 30060 TIX: 770-293-0080

DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES 8/13/20 Price: $29.50-$386 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009 TIX: 404-733-5010

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN 9/25-10/4/20 Price $22.50-$55 Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 117 North Park Sq, Marietta , GA 30060 TIX: 770-293-0080

JAZZ ON THE LAWN 8/14-10/9/20 Price: $30-$35 Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 980 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, GA 30306 TIX: 404-872-5338


BLACK VIOLIN 9/10/20 Price: $19.50-$61.50 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, 30339 TIX: 770-916-2800


ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE SUMMER JUSTIN MOORE AND TRACY LAWRENCE 9/12/20 Price: $45.50-$65.50 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, 30339 TIX: 770-916-2800

Instagram (@visitdecaturga) Twitter (@DecaturTourism) JULY 4TH STAR SPANGLED BEACH WEEKEND 7/3-7/5/20 Price: Free!-$20.50 Callaway Gardens 17800 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822 TIX: 844-512-3826

FESTIVALS DECATUR KEEPS THE ARTS HAPPENING Check out the Decatur Arts Festival 2020 juried Fine Arts Exhibition online at The Book As Art exhibition returns in September, online and in a contact-free format. Watch for news about specially organized all-digital or contact-free exhibitions-by-appointment, and performances provided online. Ongoing: Milagros MARTA Bridge Mural, Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers Mural by Yehimi Cambron; Decatur Artway Outdoor Sculptures, #LookUpDecatur, Secret Doors Decatur For more information: #lookupdecatur

ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL 8/7-8/9/20 Price: Free! Piedmont Park 1071 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX: PIEDMONT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL 8/15-8/16/20 Price: Free! Piedmont Park 1071 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX: SANDY SPRINGS ARTSAPALOOZA 9/26-9/27/20 Price: Free! Sandy Springs 6100 Lake Forrest Dr, Atlanta, GA 30328 TIX:

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The Show Must Go On (Virtually) and We’ve Got All the Info! During these challenging times, Greater Atlanta’s performing arts community is doing what it does best — inspiring, entertaining and challenging us. Artists, companies and venues have creatively responded to the need to darken our theatres, not by taking the show on the road, but by taking the show to the web. Atlanta ShowGuide remains your source for what has become a fastmoving arts landscape. Please follow and like us on Facebook ( ATLshowguideMagazine) and check our website often for the latest news (

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