Arts & Culture

Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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Photo by Alliance Theatre

Photo by Alliance Theatre

Springtime in Atlanta doesn’t only mean blooming flowers and yellow pollen covered cars, it’s also the time for some amazing new shows to take the stage at theaters all around the city.  There are two world-premiere productions coming in April and May, and other classic productions that are worth seeing again or for the first time with children. Prepare to be scared, humored, and most of all entertained with springtime theater. Get tickets now because popular shows sell out fast.

ghostbrothers Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4650

Price: $65-$85
Dates: April 4 to May 13, Tues to Thurs – 7:30 p.m., Fri – 8 p.m, Sat – 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun-  2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This is one of the biggest theatrical shows to see this year in Atlanta. It’s a world premiere of a show based on the book by Stephen King and lyrics written by John Mellencamp. That’s right, Stephen King and John Mellencamp collaborated on this production which will be seen for the first time ever at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. The show is based in Mississippi in 1957 and revolves the legends of the tragic deaths of two brothers and a young girl. Joe McCandless was a witness of their deaths, but can he share what really happened?

centerforpuppetarts Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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Peter Pan
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. NW at 18th
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-3391
www.puppet.org

Price: $9.25/members, $16.50/non-members
Dates: April 5 to May 27, Tues to Fri- 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sat- 12 p.m. & 2 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The classic child story tale that is also great for adults who never want to grow up, Peter Pan, soars in the Center for Puppetry Arts. One of the most do activities with this show is stay after and make your own Cranky Crocodile Hand Puppet. The cost for the puppet workshop is included in the cost of admission. Also, the Center for Puppetry Arts is a place to get to early to wander around their museum of classic Jim Henson puppets and favorites such as Fraggle Rock and Big Bird.

xanadu Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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Xanadu
Actor’s Express
887 W. Marietta St. Suite J-107
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 607-7469
www.actors-express.com

Price: Wed, Thurs, Sun – $28, Fri $32, Sat $34
Dates: May 10 to June 16, Wed to Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

Based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John film “Xanadu,” this musical was a smash hit on Broadway in 2007 and 2008. The plot line is of a beautiful Greek goddess who ends up in California and helps a super, hot man open a roller skating rink. The show is exploding with disco music and light heated drama and comedy. This is a fun show for a light hearted audience.

waffleplace Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365 
Horizon Theatre
1083 Austin Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-1477
www.horizontheatre.com

Price: $20-$50
Dates: May 11 to June 14, times TBD

Another world premiere play happening here in Atlanta, The Waffle Palace, is based off the well-known Waffle House. It tells all the untold stories of this popular 24 hour, 365 day a year spot.  The story is based off real life events and is full of music and humor as this Midtwon diner tries to keep its doors open. Make sure to stop by a local Waffle House after the show for a lively discussion.

Tuna Does Vegas
Theatre in the Square
11 Whitlock Ave.
Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 422-8369
www.theatreinthesquare.com

tunadoesvegas Atlanta Spring Theater Preview

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Price: $24 Tues to Thurs  & Sun evening, $28 Fri & Sun matinee, $33
Date: April 25 to May 27, Tues – Thurs 8 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat – 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

From the makers of a Tun Christmas, here comes Tuna Does Vegas. A hilarious comedy that is played with two actors and some of the fastest costume and character changes an audience will ever see.  Some residents of Tuna, Texas end up in the city of sin, Las Vegas. This fast moving show promises dueling Elvises and other popular Vegas character to appear. The show is not recommended for children under 16, which means it’s going to be really good.

Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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