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Georgia Ensemble Theater set for 2014-2015 season
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
August 06, 2014 01:31 PM | 2548 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Next month, the Georgia Ensemble Theater will kick off its 22nd season. Housed at Roswell’s Cultural Arts Center, the theater has a diverse quintet of productions lined up from early fall all the way into next spring.

“The five plays and musicals that have been chosen are all wildly eclectic,” said Artistic Director Robert Farley. “When you come to Georgia Ensemble Theater, you’re not just a witness to a play; you are part of an experience.”

Farley will helm the season’s first play, “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” which runs from Sept. 11 to 28. Sponsored by the Mimms Co., the musical combines country twang and old-school rock and roll to pay homage to the American roadside.

An adaptation of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” is scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 16. The drama recounts the life of Joseph Merrick, a deformed Londoner transformed from a traveling side show attraction into a member of English high society. Directed by David Crowe and sponsored by Macy’s, the play contains mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for all attendees.

“One Slight Hitch,” written by comedian Lewis Black, will take place Jan. 8 to 25 next year. Directed by Alan Kilpatrick, the comedy revolves around a couple attempting to plan a dream wedding for their daughter. Parents are advised the play contains some mild adult language.

From Feb. 26 to March 15, the Cultural Arts Center will host the premiere of “Homers.” The play, penned by Jacob York and sponsored by Northside Hospital, revolves around an Atlanta sportswriter facing a pressing dilemma: can she really leave Georgia behind for a dream job out West?

“My Fair Lady” comes to Roswell April 9 to 26. Directed by Don Farrell, the final production of the 2014-2015 season is an adaptation of the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical containing such Broadway favorites as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” The play is sponsored by The Bank of North Georgia and Paul and Bowe Lang.

GET will also put on three productions as a part of its Theater for Young Audiences series.

An adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be held at various venues throughout November. A Cultural Arts Center run is scheduled Nov. 5 to 7.

From Feb. 9 to Mar. 27, GET will bring the James Still production “And Then They Came for Me” to several metro-Atlanta schools. The multimedia performance will feature video recordings of Anne Frank’s childhood friends alongside live actors portraying them on stage.

Lastly, the company will take “Stuart Little” on tour next spring. A stop at the Cultural Arts Center is set for April 20 to 24.

Additionally, the Georgia Ensemble Conservatory will offer several instructional courses throughout the play season for children and adult thespians alike.

More information on the upcoming season can be found at get.org.

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