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Petite Rouge at Aurora Theatre

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These cold winter days, nothing warms you up like a good bowl of spicy gumbo and that is exactly what you will crave once you leave the show Petite Rouge.  Currently playing at the Aurora Theatre in conjunction with Synchronicity Theatre, it will showcase to over 5000 local students during its run there. For two shows, it opened up to the general public. But no need to worry–Mike Artell’s Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood will shift the production inside the perimeter at Horizon Theatre in March 29 – April 21, 2013.

This tale is about a little duck, Petite Rouge (Renita James) who has a simple charge–to take some treats to her grand mama’s house and to make sure it is nice and spicy hot.  Petite Rouge, a precocious duck, is anxious to see the world and veers away only to discover the lurking dangers in the bayou.  Along the way she discover Mardi Gras, new friends, all the while being cautious of the “friendly gator” (Brian Harrison) who really is looking to cook up his own treats.

Fun, whimsical and absolutely fantastic, this production is perfect for kids of all ages. In the lobby I saw a young mother with a 3 week old who was all charged up for her baby’s first live theatre experience. You can’t help but be perked up by the kids giggling and expressive comments during the performance.

The young cast is full of excitement and energy and even after putting on many shows; the production I saw was fresh and full of fun. Don’t miss out and head down to the wonders of New Orleans and follow the duck in the red riding hood, Petite Rouge.  Directed by Justin Anderson, based on the book by Mike Artell, and illustrated by Jim Harris Book, Music and lyrics by Jean Gushing.

A well deserved Brava! to Jessica DeMaria whose expressions and contagious spirit made for a perfect grand mama and part of the ensemble.

In the curtain speech the happiest man in show business Al Stilo reminded the audience of the many opportunities to check out from the many series ticket purchasing options.  There is no excuse in not taking a trip outside the perimeter to Aurora Theatre.

Currently running on the main stage Aurora Theatre Bob by Peter Sinn Nachtribe and directed by Sean Daniels, for tickets and information visit: http://www.auroratheatre.com/

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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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