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Gainesville Theatre Alliance Performance

The 2015-16 Season promises another magical line-up of great storytelling, taking our patrons from the Wild West to Victorian London; from a balmy tropical island to a Transylvanian castle blanketed in fog, and then to the hilarious pre-wedding antics of Philadelphia high society.

Audiences have learned that every GTA production, whether an old favorite or a new adventure, is presented in amazing and spectacular style igniting conversation and inspiring lasting memories. Check individual show pages for details this fall for special events connected to performances; lectures, discussions and receptions that explore and celebrate the season’s themes.

WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences presents:

The Adventures of Pecos Bill

Oct 2-10, 2015 in Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium
Everything is bigger in Texas . . . including the stories. Pecos Bill, raised by coyotes and revered by cowpokes and critters alike, never met a challenge he couldn’t conquer. Join us under the wide desert sky in this rootin’-tootin’ tall tale of a bigger-than-life American hero as he gallops across the Wild West taming tornadoes, wild cats, villains and even the heart of a woman as free as a tumbleweed and as tough as the rattlesnake Bill uses for a lasso! Written by Gay H. Hammond. Rated G

And on the GTA MainStage:

Mary Poppins

Nov 3-14, 2015 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre
Nannies are storming in and out of the house at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane as the two headstrong children of George and Winifred Banks, have scared them all away! But things change when the mysterious Mary Poppins suddenly arrives (by way of flying umbrella), magically tending to the various Banks family issues to create perfect harmony. With a beloved score and unbelievable choreography, Mary Poppins offers grand family fun and lessons for children and adults alike. See what over 2,600 Broadway audiences enjoyed as “practically perfect in every way!” Based on P. L. Travers’s celebrated book series and inspired by the classic 1964 film. Rated G.

A February Festival of Theatre with TWO shows:

Once on this Island

Feb 9-20, 2016 in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre
On a thunderous night in the Antilles archipelago, thunder booms, making a small girl cry in fear. To comfort her, the village storytellers tell her the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome gentleman, Daniel Beauxhomme – a story of life, love, grief, and hope. Based on the 1985 novel by Rosa Guy, this winner of the 1995 Olivier Award (Brittan’s Tony) for Best Musical features an invigorating tropical score by Stephen Flaherty and book by Lynn Ahrens. Rated PG


Feb 9-20, 2016 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
The whisper of a bat’s wing, the distant howl of a wolf, an unseen hand brushing our throat . . . from the darkness comes our greatest fear, and in the darkness waits . . .Dracula. Join us for this classic thriller of seduction and courage, of the transforming power of love and the terrifying threat of an immortal hunger. Based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel and adapted for the stage by Gay H. Hammond. Rated PG-13.

The Philadelphia Story

Apr 5-16, 2016 in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
The great American theatre critic, Walter Kerr, once wrote that “one of the major purposes of theatre is to give us people to fall in love with.” In a sparkling 1939 of wealth and privilege, that person is madcap heiress Tracy Lord — of the Philadelphia Lords, dontcha know — who teeters on the eve of a brilliantly elite marriage, but is way too attracted still to her charming rascal of an ex-husband AND a wise-cracking reporter, both of whom are hanging around for the festivities! Come see this witty, sharply stylish comedy and watch how the other half loves. Written by Philip Barry. Rated G

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