Georgia Ensemble Theatre Announces 20th Anniversary Celebration Season: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, HELLO, DOLLY! and More

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton's only professional theatre company, will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a season-long celebration honoring those who have contributed to the Theatre's success in making it to this milestone anniversary. The selections for the 2012-2013 season announced by Founding Artistic Director Robert J. Farley are: The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman; A Taffeta Christmas by Rick Lewis; the world premiere of Swell Party by Topher Payne; Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher; and Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart.

This exciting lineup was chosen carefully to honor GET's rich history and usher in a bright future with new works including a world premiere. Each opening night throughout the season will honor different groups who have contributed so much to GET's success throughout the years: long-time subscribers, artists, Conservatory students and instructors, volunteers and trustees.

Farley said of the anniversary season: "I have chosen a season that spectacularly showcases the rich history and tradition of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory's success story by reflecting on our past, aspiring in the present to be better than anything we have ever done, and committing to providing a glimpse into the future as we dream of an ever evolving partnership with our artists, audience, donors, students and volunteers. Come celebrate with us!"

The Plays:

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER - Comedy
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Sept. 6-23, 2012
Two decades ago, Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) opened its doors with the classic Kaufman & Hart comedy, You Can't Take It With You. Now, 20 years and more than 100 productions later, we bring back another work from this great comedy writing duo as we launch our "Emerald" Anniversary with one of the most epic and clever American comedies to ever take the stage. The Man Who Came To Dinner will be brought to you with a cast of over 25, including GET favorites from the 2012 hit show, Becky's New Car: Wendy Melkonian and Allan Edwards. You'll meet the irascible arts critic SheriDan Whiteside as he pays a visit to the Stanley household where Marx Brothers-like madness ensues with secretaries, ex-cons, cockroaches and penguins!

A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS - Musical
By Rick Lewis
November 8-18, 2012
We usher in the holidays with a double dose of festivities. A Taffeta Christmas played to sold-out houses ten years ago, and has been one of our most requested shows in recent years at GET. Now Donna, Kaye, Peggy and Cheryl return to their hometown for a Christmas performance of holiday classics, pop standards and newly discovered rock and roll holiday songs that will have audiences singing along with this high energy 1950's girl harmony group. HOLIDAY BONUS: Roswell Dance Theatre joins GET's 20th Anniversary celebration by reserving prime center seating for select performances of The Nutcracker at a special reduced rate just for GET subscribers!

SWELL PARTY – World Premiere Comedy
By Topher Payne
January 10-27, 2013
Popular Atlanta playwright Topher Payne returns on the heels of his widely embraced 2011 GET hit Tokens of Affection. GET has exclusively commissioned this comedy especially for our patrons. Tobacco heir Smith Reynolds returns from a New York vacation to his North Carolina estate with a surprise souvenir: a wife. The new Mrs. Reynolds is a popular jazz singer, a dozen years older than Smith, and arrives with a carload of gin and a certifiably insane acting coach. A wedding party is flat-out ruined when the groom turns up dead. As the guests gather to reconstruct the evening's events and try to solve the mystery, it becomes clear that for Southerners, the truth isn't nearly as important as a good story.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB – Mystery Thriller
By Jeffrey Hatcher
February 28-March 17, 2013
Behind the impressive façade of a windowless house, some of Europe's most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is Murder, and this is The Suicide Club. But the Club has a new member: Sherlock Holmes – brilliant, perceptive, the greatest detective in the English-speaking world. Does Holmes want to die? Or is some other game afoot as he and Watson always seem one step behind as the corpses of Europe's power players start turning up all over London. This beguiling thriller brings the famous detective fully alive on our stage with a tale filled with endless mystery, twists, and chills in this sharp and clever brand new Holmes adventure.

HELLO, DOLLY! - Musical
By Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart
April 11-28, 2013
Georgia Ensemble Theatre's blockbuster season finale brings you our first-ever classic Broadway musical. This memorable musical based on Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker regales us with the heart-warming story of life's second chances as maneuvered by the indomitable Dolly Levi, who states in her daily code, "Some people paint, some sew … I meddle." The winner of no less than 10 Tony Awards, we invite you to join us on this whirlwind race around New York with this musical featuring some of the most beloved songs of all time, including "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes A Moment," and of course the all-time favorite, "Hello, Dolly."

2012-2013 Season Subscriptions are available now by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. GET is also making a Family Flex Pass available this season which offers tickets to the Theatre's youth productions of Aesop's Fables, James and the Giant Peach, and And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. 770-641-1260; www.get.org.

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