Part of the Broadway Across America series War Horse makes a stop at the Fabulous Fox through September 30.
Being an Auburn University man I am fully aware of War Eagle (our battle cry) but was intrigued by the title War Horse. I knew there was a Stephen Spielberg 2011 movie but much beyond that did not know what to expect.
The publicity ads were of dramatic looking horses in fine for. I expected it to be something in the nature of last years’ Cavalia Odysseo where seventy horses frolicked under the world’s largest unobstructed tent. There I marveled at the wonder of these large animals.
As I entered the darkened Fox Theatre, I was surprised to find no smell of wild horses in the full house on opening night. The stage has a multimedia stripe across it.
Then it began. The main character came out, the horse. It was strong and sleek and full of vigor but on closer examination, I discovered it was not a living horse, but a work of living art. With three puppeteers in tow, the straps, leather and springs made up a larger than life puppet horse.
I love all types of puppets and I am a frequent visitor to our own Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown. This horse whose name was Joey was absolutely marvelous.
Like most good puppeteers, they are able to transform their puppets into living form. So about ten minutes into the production I shifted from seeing a puppet into seeing a living, breathing horse. Joey was rambunctious. He has attitude, sass, and a bit of love in his heart.
The story takes you back to the days before War War I, when living in England in the agrarian world, you literally had to fend for yourself. Joey was bought with the month’s rent and did not become a popular hit in his new home. But his tenacity and curiosity made him a multidimensional character.
We pride ourselves in living in the modern age but we still have fragile human institutions that fail us as war is one big letdown. The backdrop of War Horse is the start of the war that was supposed to end all wars, War World I.
Joey is recruited to participate in a horse brigade and he is no match for the tanks and artillery of modern war fare.
This story has highs and lows; it is about loyalty, love, and the stark cold realities of war. At times it seems you want to flinch because of the inhumanity of the violent dark side of man. But in the end, you discover that tough times never last but tough people do.
War Horse will transform you to a world full of wonder and hopefully give you a part of history that we have long forgotten.
Be sure to check out these “steam punk” looking creatures on the main stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Don’t miss out on a magnificent opportunity to also enjoy the magic of puppets and enjoy an overall good tale.
For tickets and info visit: www.BroadwayInAtlanta.com
“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!
Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.” We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!
The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.
From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.
The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!
After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”
This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy. She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.
As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.
Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!
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