Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theatre company, proudly began its 21st season by blowing away all attendance records with the smash hit Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America. Garnering the highest attendance ever for a season-opening show, Atlantans young and old flocked to see the wonderful, foot-stomping show about the music of John Denver, America’s beloved troubadour.
Once again, Georgia Ensemble Theatre marks its place as a foundational piece in the State’s highly respected arts scene. And as if that wasn’t a perfect enough start to ‘13/’14, the hit show was followed a week later by the most successful theatre fundraising gala event to date in support of GET. “One Mysterious Evening,” which was attended by patrons, donors, corporate partners and local politicos, featured a dinner theatre mystery-comedy entitled “Cat on a Hot Tin Streetcar.” Written and directed by Atlanta actress/writer/director Nita Hardy, this hilarious theatre piece had the audience, who were also participants, in stitches for most of the night. With wonderful facilities and dining provided by corporate partner Kimberly-Clark and hundreds of high ticket items at the silent auction, everyone went home happy. The net result provided GET was well over $35,000 raised toward GET’s extensive mainstage, theatre for youth, educational and outreach programming. Of special note, the annual Legacy Award was given to outstanding longtime supporters Paul and Bowe Lang.
Now playing at Georgia Ensemble is the classic thriller Deathtrap, by Ira Levin which opened November 7, 2013 and runs through November 24, 2013. Georgia Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director (and director of the show) Robert Farley states, “Deathtrap has been on my radar for several years, and I am thrilled to finally bring audiences this chiller which is without doubt the crème de la crème of the psychological thriller genre.”
Deathtrap features the fantastic cast of James Donadio as Sidney Bruhl – James is a GET favorite for roles such as Henry in The Lion in Winter, John in Scotland Road and Andrew Wyke Sleuth. The rest of the cast includes Atlanta favorites Mary Lynn, Shelly McCook, James Baskin and GET newcomer Brian Hatch.
Ticket prices for Deathtrap range from $25 to $35 (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). “Recession-Buster”perimeter tickets may also be purchased for $10 based on availability. Tickets are available now online at www.get.org, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st season continues with the world premiere of The Only Light in Reno (January 9-26) by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne, followed by the powerful Jazz Age decadence of The Great Gatsby (February 27-March 16), and ending with the magic of the musical Camelot (April 10-27, 2014). Rounding out the season are the theatre for youth productions of Ramona Quimby, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank and Beauty and the Beast. Season and single tickets are on sale now. For tickets or information, call 770-641-1260, or visit us online at www.get.org.