The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Announces 2018 Selections

The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival is proud to announce the selections for the Third Annual Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival (AMTF), which will be held August 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, 2018 at Out Front Theatre. The AMTF will be four nights of original musical theatre performances by local artists, and written by authors from around the country. Performances will be open to the artistic community, the public, and the press. Individual Tickets are only $12-$17 (not including taxes and fees), and full festival passes are available for $50 at www.outfronttheatre.com. All four productions will be performed at Out Front Theatre, at 8pm on Monday the 6th, Tuesday the 7th, Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th. Out Front Theatre is located at 999 Brady Avenue Atlanta, GA 30318.

This year's selections cover a diverse range of material, from struggles with gender identity, to challenging family dynamics, to the yearning for connection and the origins of Wonder Woman. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to experience these brave new works in progress as they connect with those issues most relevant to our socio-political climate.

Tickets are on sale on the host's website at www.outfronttheatre.com.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTIONS:

WONDER WOMEN

Book, Music and Lyrics by Greg Becker

August 6th, 2018

8pm

Wonder Woman was a 1941 creation by William Marston, the inventor of the lie detector.

Wonder Women, the musical, tells the unknown story of 3 women who lived with Marston in a secret poly-amorous relationship. Their passions for the early feminist agenda, mixed with Marston's propensity for fetish and kink, created the perfect environment for the birth of a female hero of mythic proportions. Can these 3 women overcome the misogyny, censorship, and sexual taboos of the day to redefine an entire industry?

RED: A Crayon's Musical

Based on Michael Hall's 'Red: A Crayon Story'

Book by Ben Thorpe

Music and Lyrics by John Burke

August 7th, 2018

8pm

*Theatre for Young Audiences

A blue crayon, mislabeled as Red, is having a tough time.

As hard as Red tries, his drawings look strange... and everyone is noticing. His mother and brother want to help, his teachers and coach push him in different directions, and his fellow crayon-students think he's just plain weird. Red will try anything in order to be normal.

Then, Red makes a new friend who opens his eyes to the possibility that what others see as strange could possibly be what makes him special.

Based on Michael Hall's children's book, this family musical is about community, self-discovery, and being true to one's self.

Sundays at Four

Book by Brittani Minnieweather

Music and Lyrics by Jamie Walker and Jonathan Peacock

August 13th, 2018

8pm

Family and faith collide in this generational story about life's difficult lessons. Sundays at Four revolves around a family's foundation, Grandma Washington, and the practical proverbs she instilled in her granddaughter.

Sundays at Four explores what happens when family dynamics are challenged. What happens when the status quo is no longer acceptable? And what happens when family members ask questions they never dared to ask before? Can they continue to meet Sundays at 4?

The Fairy Hoax

Inspired by The Cottingley Fairy Hoax

Book and Lyrics by Tom Diggs

Music by Jay D'Amico

August 14th, 2018

8pm

The Fairy Hoax, a magical musical for the whole family, is a coming-of- age story about Dulcie, a thirteen-year-old girl in Yorkshire, England, who fakes photographs of fairies in order to save her relationship with her emotionally distant mother. With the help of Francis, an eccentric male friend, Dulcie manages to create a series of photographs that cheer up her mother, and enchant a nation.

Tickets are on sale now and range from the Individual ticket price of $12-$17 to a full festival pass for $50. Tickets can be purchased at www.outfronttheatre.com.

The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival was born out of a desire to motivate local artists to continue to write musical theatre. Benjamin Davis, Founder and Executive Artistic Director, is an actor and producer. After participating in the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2015 as a producer, Ben saw an opportunity in the Atlanta community to nurture the writing population. The AMTF is designed to take new work a few paces further, and deliver new material to the audiences that can help it grow. The goals are many: that the piece will grow and evolve in this process; that the artist might learn a new part of the creative process; that a producing theatre or director might become interested in the piece, or the playwright, or an actor; that there are new connections and networks formed. The mission of the AMTF is to "cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by mentoring talent, propelling new musicals forward, and celebrating the community in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment."


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