The 2011-12 Season will mark Theatre in the Square’s 30th anniversary season. The season will open with On Golden Pond (August 10 – September 11, 2011), which was the first production the theatre produced in September 1982. The additional four Main Stage productions include Ghost-Writer (September 28 – October 30, 2011); The Ladies Man (January 18 – February 26, 2012), based on the classic farce by Georges Feydeau, Tailleur Pour Dames; Flyin’ West (March 7 – April 8, 2012), by Atlanta’s own Pearl Cleage; and a fifth show to be announced, which will run April 25 – May 27, 2012. Season tickets are on sale now by calling 770-422-8369.
In addition to the five Main Stage productions, Theatre in the Square will bring back two audience favorites for the holidays, Sanders Family Christmas (November 22, 2011 – January 1, 2012) and The 1940’s Radio Hour (December 17, 2011 – January 1, 2012). The 1940’s Radio Hour will be performed off-site at Southern Polytechnic University’s Joe Mack Wilson Theatre. For the littlest theatre-goers, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! will run in October. This season, Theatre in the Square will also add a bonus show on the Alley Stage, Red Letter Jesus (February 4 – March 8, 2012), a premiere featuring the words of Jesus from Matthew, Mark and Luke, performed by Brad Sherrill.
Season ticket packages begin as low as $85 and are on sale now. Single tickets except for Radio Hour and Three Little Pigs will go on sale Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Those two shows will go on sale in early August.
To help celebrate the theatre’s 30th anniversary season, a logo competition was launched in 2010 in hopes to find something fresh to coincide with the new building façade, box office, lobby and bar area. The theatre solicited local artists and students to design a totally new logo or to give the current logo, a comedy and tragedy mask, a facelift. Participants competed for the grand prize of cash and having their original artwork displayed as the logo for the 30th anniversary season. There were over 30 logos submitted to the theatre.
One grand prize winner and two runners up were selected by the staff with the help of feedback from the Facebook community. Grand Prize winner Mita Beach was ecstatic after he found out that his logo would be used for the 30th Anniversary. “This meant a lot to me because despite my strong ties to the theatre the contest was run anonymously and only one person knew that this logo was mine. I loved having to opportunity to give back to the theatre where I started my career back in 1994,” said Beach. The two runners up were Tish Spalding and Roy Fleeman.
Now in its 30th season, Theatre in the Square is a professional, not-for-profit organization founded by Producing Director Palmer Wells and the late Michael Horne. As the largest professional theatre company in Cobb County, the theater reaches over 50,000 people a year via five Main Stage shows, two holiday shows, a summer show, a children’s show, and a bonus show. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of civic leaders from around the metro Atlanta area. Theatre in the Square is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, United Arts of Cobb, a coalition of Cobb County’s professional arts organizations, and the Cobb County Convention and Visitors Bureau.