Monday, June 30, 2008

Disney's High School Musical Engagement Postponed

Theater of the Stars and Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that the touring production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will not be coming to Atlanta in August due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts; a return engagement is planned in summer of 2009 when the show will be remounted locally by Theater of the Stars.

“We are disappointed that the touring production of this wonderful show will not play Atlanta this summer but are excited to offer our ticketholders a special opportunity to see the first professional production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the original show,” said Nick Manos, President of Theater of the Stars. “Ever since its premiere at the Fox, the stage version of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL has enjoyed a special connection with Atlanta audiences. We look forward to continuing that connection in the fall of 2008 with the premiere of the new musical.”

Based on the Theater of the Stars stage production, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON TOUR has delighted audiences in forty cities across North America for the past thirteen months. This high energy, family friendly musical has captured the imagination of regular theatergoers and introduced thousands of new fans to the magic of live theater.

Existing ticket holders to the August 2008 Atlanta engagement have three redemption options:

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 on Stage (the sequel to the original) which will have its world professional premiere from November 7th through 16th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL on Stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for the summer of 2009. The exact dates of this engagement will be announced this September. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Return their tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.

These options will be available to all ticket holders beginning on Tuesday, July 8th at 10am. For more details on the redemption options, please visit

Thursday, June 12, 2008

FCFT's Summer Drama Production Camp "Hansel and Gretel"

FCFT's Summer Drama Production Camp
"Hansel and Gretel"
The Fun Starts Friday, June 20

FCFT is gearing up to take campers on an adventure of creativity as they present their 2008 Summer Drama Production Camp. Offered since the summer of 1990, this camp allows participants to explore ALL aspects of theatre production as they work toward the ultimate goal of putting on a One-Act Musical Production at the conclusion of camp for a public audience.

Campers will audition for roles, be cast in parts that best suit their abilities, create their own costumes and sets, learn stage makeup, rehearse dances, songs and lines and take part in daily theatre games and exercises that build creativity and self-confidence. Great roles are available for both boys and girls and participants may even choose to take a role that is non-speaking, if that makes them feel more comfortable. Everyone who participates in camp is guaranteed a role in the final production.

There still are a few openings left for this camp that runs Friday, June 20 and Monday - Saturday, June 23-28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. The production of "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented on Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. Campers need to be between the ages of 8 to 15 years.

The registration fee is $250.00 and includes a camp T-shirt and all materials for sets, costumes and makeup. Campers will also be treated to a fulfilled cast party on the final day of camp with a cookout and bingo for prizes.

Camp will be held at the FCFT Warehouse at 177 Fulton Court in Peachtree City with the final Saturday, June 28 camp session and production being at Fayette Family YMCA at 215 Huiet Road in Fayetteville. Preregistration is required to attend. To register please call 770-599-0051 or e-mail You may also visit the FCFT website at for online information.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Legacy Theatre Announces Cast for its Summer Spectacular…The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, the most famous movie musical of all time, made its big screen premiere on August 25th, 1939. This summer, almost 70 years later, this beloved musical is coming to life on The Legacy Theatre stage, and it promises to be its biggest spectacle yet! With beautiful, Broadway-caliber costumes, a breath-taking set from New York designer Scott Aronow, and a cast that rivals any, you can bet that this show will entertain and astound South Atlanta!

The best part…. it is only a short drive to this landmark facility! You can easily join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and all of the citizens of Oz for this exciting show, not to mention the magic of Glinda the Good Witch and the mean, green one herself, the Wicked Witch of the West!

Starring as Dorothy, the lovely, bright-eyed girl from Kansas, will be Melissa Vazquez Cartwright. Ms. Cartwright was seen in The Legacy Theatre’s very first production “A Christmas Survival Guide” and most recently “It’s A Wonderful Life”. When not on stage, Melissa can be scene nation-wide as a video DJ on the Gospel Music Channel!

The Tin Man and Glinda the Good Witch will be played by husband and wife team, Don and Shea Johnson. Shea was most recently seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Anything Goes” as the sassy songstress Reno Sweeny and on stage at The Legacy in “Some Enchanted Evening”. Don has performed professionally for many years and will be making his Legacy Theatre debut with this production. Don is currently the head of the Fine Arts Department at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

Chase Todd, who is quickly making a name for himself in the Atlanta area, will be taking on the role of the Scarecrow. Chase was last seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Forever Plaid” as Jinx. Legacy Theatre audiences might recognize him as Ryan from last summer’s smash hit “High School Musical”.

Dustin Lewis will play the Cowardly Lion. Dustin has been performing at the Legacy since it’s opening in 2006. He was last seen at the theatre in “The Spitfire Grill”. He worked all over the world as a professional singer, dancer, actor and choreographer for the past 16 years before making his home at The Legacy Theatre in South Atlanta.

Bethany Hayes Smith will play the Wicked Witch of the West. She has performed this devilish role before and cannot wait to bring the mean, green one back to life here in South Atlanta! Bethany, along with her husband Mark, who is directing this production, founded The Legacy Theatre.

Area professionals, dancers from the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts, and over 70 children and teens from the Legacy's popular Broadway Workshop complete this extraordinary cast.

This production promises to be the biggest and best the Legacy has brought to their growing audiences!Ticket are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 60+/ Students 13+, $15 Children 12 and under.

Group Rates are available.

For reservations call the box office at 404-895-1473 or go online at

Thursday, June 5, 2008

National Endowment For The Arts And Arena Stage Announce Application Period Now Open For NEA New Play Development Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that the application period is now open for the NEA New Play Development Program (NPDP), which is being hosted by Arena Stage. To help the nation's nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production, NEA NPDP will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Support will be given for projects taking place between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. The application and guidelines are available at The Intent to Apply deadline is June 20, 2008. Applications have a postmark deadline of July 31, 2008.

Two projects chosen as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will each receive $90,000 to support the final stages of development and a world premiere of the selected play.

Five NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will each receive $20,000 to support the early stages of development of a new play. Each of the selected projects will involve close collaboration with the playwrights..

The NEA New Play Development Program is open to nonprofit, professional organizations, or a consortium of organizations, who apply in collaboration with a playwright. Applications will be reviewed by a peer panel of experts and judged on artistic excellence and artistic merit.

The NEA and Arena Stage expect to announce the inaugural round of projects in fall 2008.

Twilight Theatre Production Next Two Weekends in Newnan

The cast of Into the Woods, presented by The Twilight Theatre at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan, on June 6,7, and 13 at 8 p.m., and on June 8 and 15 at 2:30.

Tickets: www.the twilight, at Scott's Bookstore on the square in Newnan, and at the door.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carroll County Community Theatre presents "I’m Not Rappaport"

Carroll County Community Theatre presents I’m Not Rappaport June 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre.

Directed by Gerald Byrd. A Tony Award Winning Play by Herb Gardner: Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City’s Central Park, it focuses on Nat Moyer (Mel Slazyk), a cantankerous Jew and Midge Carter (Larry Powell), a feisty African American, who spend their days sitting on a bench, trying to mask the horrible realities of aging, mainly through the tall tales that Nat spins. Additional roles are played by Georgia Keene, Tywone Reese, Bruce Gonsalves, Ben Sasser, and Rudolph Chism

The play touches on several issues, including society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.

Its title comes from an old vaudeville joke, a variation of which evolved into dialogue between the two protagonists:

Nat: Hey, Rappaport! I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short fat guy, and now you're a tall skinny guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, you used to be a young guy with a beard, and now you're an old guy with a mustache.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, how has this happened? You used to be a cowardly little white guy, and now you're a big imposing black guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: And you changed your name, too!

An opening night reception will be provided by Aramark with the assistance of Delta Chi Fraternity. The reception theme will be New York’s Central Park. Tickets are $10. Call 770-838-1083 for information or to order by phone.

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