Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gallery Players Return to Gallery Row on September 7

After an audience-pleasing initial performance at the Gallery Row coffee shop in Peachtree City, the Gallery Players improvisation troupe is set to return on Sunday evening, September 7.

This Offshoot Productions ensemble features diverse actors ranging in age from twenties to fifties and with a variety of backgrounds in theatre and music. Rehearsals and several performances have enabled the Players to develop into a cohesive and very funny troupe. Actors include Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Kristi Israel, Betty Mitchell, Paige Steadman and Joey Waldrop, all of whom have appeared in previous Offshoot shows over the years.

The director, Susan M. Steadman, has staged nearly 70 productions for professional, alternative, community and university theatres. While establishing the first theatre program at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, she led a popular improvisation troupe and has widely taught improvisation techniques. A Dramatists Guild member and produced playwright, she has also authored many publications on theatrical literature and practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University.

Gallery Row’s Peachtree City location is 1255 North Peachtree Parkway, in the Kedron shopping center. A $10 cover charge, which may be paid at the door, includes complimentary coffee, with mouth-watering desserts available for purchase. Reservations are suggested.

Contact Offshoot Productions for details and reservations at (770) 631-2362 or To learn more about Offshoot, the longest-running professional theatre on the Southside, visit
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Fun and Creative Workshop for the Youngest Performers... Little Ones Production Shop~ Little Red Riding Hood

One of FCFT's most popular shops are our "Production Shops" were participants actually get to design costumes and sets and work toward the presentation of a show for an invited audience. Our entry level Production Shop is the "Little Ones Production Shop" for ages 5 to 8 years of age. Our next session of this popular shop will be September 23, 24 and 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each evening. The shop will be producing the narrated 15-minute play "Little Red Riding Hood" which will be presented to family and friends at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24. This shop requires no prior theatrical experience or memorization and all who register are assured of a role in the show. Registration fee is $90.00 and preregistration is required. Shop is limited to a total of twelve participants. To register call 770-599-0051 or visit
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FCFT's Dinner Theatre Production "Twelve Angry Men"

Mark you calendars for a spectacular evening or afternoon of delicious food and powerful theatre, as FCFT brings to the stage the Reginald Rose classic jury room drama~ "Twelve Angry Men." This three act dramatic masterpiece plays like a bullet across the stage and will have audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the entire show. Join 12 amazing male actors as the jury room explodes with passion and male energy.

A young Hispanic man is on trial for the murder of his father, and what seems to be an open and shut cast, soon becomes a mix of opinions, prejudices and reasonable doubts.

Presented in the intimate venue of the Fayette YMCA Lodge House Blackbox Theatre at 215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville, this production promises to grab you and not let go!

Show Only Performances (Only $10~ Reservations Highly Suggested)
Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Theatre Performances ($22 General / $20 under 13 and Seniors)
Dinner Productions~ Reservations A MUST!
(Entire tables that seat 8 are available for $150.00 ~ Tables MUST be prepaid in the form of 1 check prior to show date.)
Friday, September 11 ~ Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 12 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13 ~ Dinner at 1:30 p.m. / Show at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 20~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 21 ~ Dinner at 1:30 p.m. / Show at 2:30 p.m.

Catered Menu for Dinner Theatre Performances
Mixed Salad w/dressing
Hot Roles
Barbecue Chicken
Home made Macaroni and Cheese
Seasoned Green Beans
Tea, Coffee, Lemonade, Ice Water
Assorted Desserts

Don't miss this opportunity to see a magnificent production and share a tasty meal. To make reservations call 770-251-7611 or through the e-mail link at

FCFT rates this production PG for intense situations.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Offshoot Productions Downsizes by Selling Flats, Set Pieces, Props

Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions, now concentrating on traveling shows for special events, continues to downsize by selling its warehouse contents, which include flats, platforms, set pieces, props, storage bins, front-of-house items and more. No reasonable offer will be refused, and extra wood and other miscellanea will be available for free with any other purchase.

Appointments may be set up to view the warehouse contents with Joey Waldrop at The warehouse is located at 316 Dividend Drive, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Offshoot, which is the longest-running professional theatre on Atlanta’s Southside, is also planning another costume sale in August, with hundreds of costume pieces available. Details will be listed next month on the web site:

For additional information and directions, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or
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Offshoot Offers Audience Participation in Murder Mystery and Improvisation Troupe

Offshoot Productions, the Southside’s longest-running professional theatre, has shifted its focus to touring and special events. Having recently completed its wide and resoundingly successful tour of the company-developed children’s show, Tales from Near and Far, the theatre is turning its attention to interactive performances for adult audiences.

Rehearsal for Murder is a sequel to 2006’s Audition for Murder and features several of the same characters. The play takes place in a police station following the death of Dr. Marcy Masters, a wacky theatrical director who has recently been released from an institution after getting off with a “not guilty due to temporary insanity” plea in the murder of an actress. The suspects in Marcy’s murder are two performers, Toby and Anne, who were trapped in a malfunctioning freight elevator with Marcy. The audience members, who have been given lines before the start of the show, play police detectives.

In addition to developing the murder mystery, Offshoot has expanded its improvisation troupe, the Gallery Players, over the past few months. The highly experienced and witty performers can tailor a performance to the needs of any group. Moreover, audience members supply many of the characters and situations enacted by the performers, and occasionally a few brave souls have an opportunity to join the actors on stage. Because the audiences always provide different input and because not every member of the Gallery Players appears in every show, performances are always different.

As the company’s need for set and costumes is greatly reduced, it will continue to sell much of the contents of its Peachtree City storage space. Interested parties should call the Offshoot office for details.

Those interested in booking Rehearsal for Murder or the Gallery Players should contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Visual and Performing Arts Seminar Scheduled

A first of its kind seminar bringing together experts in the fields of event planning, advertising, marketing and increasing ticket sales for all arts organizations is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro.

According to event organizer, Andre De Lorenzo, “This is a great learning opportunity for every arts organization in the Southern Crescent. In our area Arts organizations, regardless of their size, face the same challenges as organizations in Atlanta. Perhaps even on a greater scale because of a lack of knowledge about today’s marketing trends, professional management techniques, availability of funding, lack of suitable venues and limited exposure. To address these issues and provide a vehicle for the exchange of expertise and ideas in these vital areas, we’ve established this seminar.”

Attendance at this one day seminar will be open to every arts organization in Carroll, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, South Fulton, Spalding and Troup counties. “We have invited subject matter experts in areas of management, advertising, promotion, marketing, scheduling, sponsorship and financing to speak on their field of expertise.”

A partial list of presenters includes Flora Maria Garcia, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, Stephanie Lee, Interim Director of the Ferst Center for the Arts, Dr. Anita Lloyd, Coordinator for the Clayton Performing Arts Center, Paul R. Pierce, Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, Lisa Cremin, Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Kim Patrick Bitz, Executive Director of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts.

“The list of presenters grows every day and we expect additional participation from individuals representing State and National arts organizations. They are excited about this opportunity to share their expertise with our Southern Crescent organizations.” stated De Lorenzo. “Topics that will be covered include everything from how to best plan for an effective season, the business of the arts, effective advertising and marketing techniques, how to apply for and win grants and where assistance is available. There are a number of State and National organizations that can provide planning and training that has proved to be effective for the arts from the smallest community groups to the largest of county managed venues. The techniques discussed at this seminar are equally important and useful to both visual and performing arts organizations.”

Advance registration for the all day seminar, which includes breaks and lunch is $35 per person. Day of event registration will be $50. “Thanks to the cooperation of the presenters who are volunteering their time without compensation, we are able to keep this important seminar affordable to every individual associated with an arts organization.”

Information and a registration form are available by e-mail from or by calling 404-822-9057.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Gallery Players to Perform at Gallery Row in Peachtree City’s Kedron Shopping Center

In an amazingly serendipitous arrangement, the Gallery Players, Offshoot Productions’ improvisation troupe, will perform at Gallery Row coffee shop on Sunday evening, August 24. The troupe, which has met with audience laughter, participation and enthusiasm during the past eight months, takes stage at 7 p.m. at Gallery Row’s Kedron location, at Hwy 74 and Peachtree Parkway. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

A $10 cover charge includes complimentary coffee. Delectable cheesecake will be available for purchase.

This improv troupe of inventive, quick-witted and versatile performers includes actors who have appeared in a wide range of professional venues, from the Georgia Renais­sance Festival to repertory companies in other states and many Atlanta theatres.

Each performance is unique, and the group has hours of material to call upon at the drop of a hat. Furthermore, because the audience is always different, the show is always different. For example, in the ensemble’s version of the Dating Game, the audience assigns different charac­ters (real or fictional, from Cleopatra to Orphan Annie) to the women competing for a bewildered contestant. In another scene, laughs abound when the players must begin each line with the subse­quent letter of the alphabet and the audience gets to blow the whistle—literally—if an actor slips up. Like variety? Watch the actors turn an everyday scene into a Shakespear­ean tragedy, science fiction movie, musical comedy, soap opera, Dr. Seuss book or televi­sion sitcom.

The company is scheduled to return to Gallery Row on September 7.

Contact Offshoot Productions for details at (770) 631-2362 or

Curtain Rises on New Atlanta Broadway Series

The lights of Broadway are preparing to shine on Atlanta’s newest performance venue! A brand NEW series of blockbuster Broadway programming is set to debut at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.

The first season of the Atlanta Broadway Series will premiere this fall with a spectacular line-up of Broadway’s biggest hits and most exciting offerings, including WICKED, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy, HAIRSPRAY and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Audiences can also enjoy a special performance from Natalie Cole.

“We are proud to kick off the new Atlanta Broadway Series with such high-caliber content,” comments Stephanie Parker, vice president of the series. “Bringing these beloved Broadway hits to metro-Atlanta audiences is a natural progression now that the Atlanta region features such a spectacular new performing arts facility.”

“The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to announce its third resident company, the Atlanta Broadway Series, in a venue designed to accommodate Broadway," said Michael Taormina CFE, managing director of the Centre. "Booking a Broadway series has always been a priority for the Cobb Energy Centre. Being able to announce —particularly during our first year of operation—this exciting new addition to the Centre's program offerings is especially gratifying.”

The 2008-2009 season of the Atlanta Broadway Series includes:

October 28 - November 2, 2008
This show is playing at The Fox Theatre, but subscribers to the Atlanta Broadway Series will get the chance to see the musical phenomenon as part of their 2008-2009 package.
Back by “Popular” Demand. The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,” and when it first played Atlanta in May, 2006, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is sure to create more box office magic when it flies back to Atlanta. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

December 30, 2008 – January 4, 2009
USA Today calls CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, “Dazzling…A fantastical tale of an enchanted jungle.” Direct from Broadway, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of 28 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate the entire family. In the ongoing tradition of extravagant touring shows, Neil Goldberg and Cirque Productions continue to blend European artistry with circus and Broadway theatrics in a dramatic fashion that transcends imagination and leaves its narration to the eyes of the beholder making CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY a Broadway first.

January 13 - 18, 2009
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network - all without denting her 'do! Don't miss HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 17 - 22, 2009
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

As one of the Season Ticket Holder benefits, Atlanta Broadway Series Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to a NATALIE COLE CONCERT PERFORMANCE at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Singer Natalie Cole has achieved unprecedented global success as an interpreter of standards and soulful R&B vocalist. She was the first black singer to win a Grammy in the “Best New Artist” category and received a “Record of the Year” Grammy for “Unforgettable,” the groundbreaking duet with her late father’s voice. She releases a new collection of standards this fall called Still Unforgettable.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series season packages are on sale now with prices ranging from $116 – $354. Season ticket prices will vary depending on the number of shows chosen, the number of performances, show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at

Tickets to individual shows in the 2008-2009 season are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public six to eight weeks prior to Opening Night. However, Season Ticket Holders have the unique opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2008-2009 Season, or to order online, please visit Reservations for groups of 20 or more for individual shows can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (All times are subject to change). An audio described performance for the visually impaired and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf are available for each pre-determined Saturday matinee of each presentation.

The Atlanta Broadway Series was created in partnership with WH Management.