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Arts & Culture

Best Outdoor Theaters In Atlanta

June 3, 2013 8:00 AM

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Atlanta is a great spot for theatrical productions. There’s plenty to choose from in the professional circle of The Fox Theatre and Alliance to a laundry list of community theatre houses in the metro area. However, a really unique way to experience some of this great theater is outdoors. With great weather in this town, it’s a perfect evening to pull out the picnic blanket and basket and sit under the stars while enjoying a Shakespearean performance or a musical by young artists. These theater houses offer performances throughout the year – outdoors!

North Fulton Drama Club
Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 561-2273
www.northfultondramaclub.org

This community theater group can be called very ambitious, as it tackles Shakespeare productions outside, and very popular, as it draws big crowds. Some great perks about this group is that its productions are free, although a donation is accepted. For outdoor productions, audience members have been known to show up early to picnic on the grounds before the show and grab a precious up-front spot. If you get there too late and are left with a spot far back, you might not hear the show at all.

Georgia Shakespeare – Shakespeare in the Park
Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 504-1473
www.gashakespeare.org

Georgia Shakespeare offers a free production at the beginning of each summer in Atlanta at the beautiful Piedmont Park. Since this professional group puts on a stellar show and it’s under the Atlanta sky, as you may imagine, it sells out. The group puts on a different Shakespeare show every year. You may have already missed it for this year, but keep it in mind for next year and the year after. It’s a classic Atlanta event.   

Mable House
5239 Floyd Road
Mableton, GA 30126
(770) 819-2943
www.mablehouse.org

The Mable House in Mableton is a really unique spot. On the grounds is a small home that was used for medical purposes during the Civil War, an art gallery and events venue and an outdoor amphitheater for some larger name artists. There is always something going on in this venue and it often uses the outdoor space and historic buildings as part of outdoor theater and acting camps. Check the website for upcoming events and some big name acts at the outdoor amphitheater. 

Related: Best Atlanta Theater For Kids

The Twilight Theatre
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
201 McIntosh Trail
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(770) 631-0630
www.thetwilighttheatre.com

A little south of the city in Peachtree City is the community theater group The Twilight Theatre. This group often puts on large-cast shows like “Les Miserables” with children to teenage actors. The very fun part about this group is that it uses some large venues like the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater for performances, giving a polished professional feel to each performance. It’s a great art outlet for locals and worth the drive for Atlanta residents.

The Atlanta BeltLine
22 miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown
(404) 477-3003
www.beltline.org

Atlanta is buzzing with parts of the BeltLine open to the public and the remaining portions under construction. In an effort to help share the excitement of the BeltLine, it has offered art events along the railroad path throughout the year. Events consist of theatrical performances, musical acts, artists and more. Check the website for what might be coming up next and enjoy the development of the Atlanta BeltLine. 

Related: Atlanta’s Best Small Theater Companies

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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