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Next Stage Theatre Company presents Cabaret at Alley Stage

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I must admit that one of my favorite musicals is Cabaret. Many of the numbers are well known and truly remind us that life is a Cabaret. This story deals with love and life mixed in with some taboo subjects.

The setting surrounds the magic and mystery of the Kit Kat Club in Berlin under the shadow of the slow rise of the Third Reich.

It starts out with the Emcee (Jordan Stovall) as he welcomes you and declares the beauty and dangers of the cabaret world, “while our troubles are outside and there is mere beauty inside”.

In this tale writer Cliff Bradshaw (Chris Ikner) is seeking a secluded paradise to write the “great novel” and discovers a whole sensual underworld. He becomes enamored with the glitz and glamour of the Cabaret.  The wise cracking Sally Bowles (Sara Peavy) brings her outrageous lifestyle to everything she touches and wins over the writer.

This production is as good as any I have seen it also gives the viewer a chance to experience local and national talent that are Broadway bound.

Sara Peavy who takes on the main role of Sally Bowles capture the stage beautifully and it was a joy to see her mix up the comedic timing, sex kitten seduction, and angelic voice. This is the second time I saw her in this role, I saw her in the same part in Kennesaw State University production last fall. I can’t say enough about this young starlet, a soon to be graduate of Kennesaw State theatre program, Peavy has the magnetism to light up the stage. You can help but fall in love with her and really rally around her character. She portrays Sally Bowles with the right combination of sex appeal and broken soul vulnerability that makes Cabaret a wondrous tale.  Cabaret is about hope and optimism in world surrounded by despair. No matter how bad things are, they always seem to work out.

Sally Bowles (Sara Peavy)

I was blown away with this production and encourage all to venture OTP (Outside The Perimeter) and check out a great show with a mix of controversy that will make you want to be whisked away to the night life of Berlin.

Living in Marietta, I am glad that the Next Stage Theatre Company have taken hold of the Alley Stage and reignited this space.  I have seen several of their productions and have always been blown away by their skills and ability to put on an extraordinary show in such a small space. For an instance you forget this is a local theatre company, they really produce first class shows. The value far exceeds the price of a ticket so don’t miss out to enjoy a great tale and support a first rate theatre company.

Cabaret has been extended with shows on January 4-5 at 8:15 PM.  The show is directed by Rob Roy Hardie and Paul Gourdeau.   The music direction is under the virtuoso talent of Annie Cook.

Celebrate the new year and the beauty of a good Cabaret, for tickets and info visit: www.NextStageTheatreCompany.com or call: 678.774.6398.

Next up on the Alley Stage, mark your calendars for the next show Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor that runs from February 8-23, 2013.

 

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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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!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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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.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

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.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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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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