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Three metro theater companies announce 2012-13 seasons

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Click on your calendars. Three metro theater companies have announced their 2012-13 lineups:

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

GET will revisit its roots in its 20th anniversary season, but also stretches in some new directions with a world premiere and the Roswell company’s first classic Broadway musical. The lineup:

  • Sept. 6-23: “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” More than 100 shows after debuting with the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” GET opens its 20th season with the duo’s classic comedy about an overbearing celebrity who takes over a crazy middle American household at Christmas. Wendy Melkonian and Allan Edwards lead a cast of more than 25.
  • Nov. 8-18: “A Taffeta Christmas,” a revival of Rick Lewis’ musical, staged by GET a decade ago, where Christmas classics and newer holiday songs get a 1950s girl group harmony treatment.
  • Jan. 10-27, 2013: “Swell Party,” a world premiere comedy by prolific Atlanta playwright Topher Payne commissioned by GET. A tobacco heir turns up dead after returning to his North Carolina estate with his new bride, a jazz singer a dozen years older than him. The stories spin out of control as party guests attempt to reconstruct the evening’s events and try to solve the mystery.
  • Feb. 28-March 17, 2013: “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” Jeffrey Hatcher’s mystery featuring the famous detective.
  • April 11-28, 2013: “Hello, Dolly!” Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Broadway classic.

Subscriptions: 770-641-1260, www.get.org.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Bringing back solid favorites including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Adventures of Mighty Bug,” the Midtown puppetry center also will offer several premieres for its extensive 2012-13 season (comprising 665 performances).

Notable among the latter will be “The Tortoise, the Hare and Other Aesop’s Fables,” adapted and directed by the center’s artistic associate Michael Haverty, an interactive take on five classic stories; and “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” a solo show by Austrailia’s Perth Theatre Company and Weeping Spoon Productions. The center also will present touring puppeteers from seven American cities.

The lineup …

  • Family series: “The Little Pirate Mermaid,” now playing through July 15; “The Dinosaur Show,” by Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, Mo., July 17-29; “The Tortoise, the Hare and Other Aesop’s Fables,” Aug. 2-Sept. 9; “The Three Little Pigs & More,” by Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, Sept. 12-23; “Sleeping Beauty,” by National Marionette Theatre of Brattleboro, Vt., Sept. 26-Oct. 7; “Peter and the Wolf & the Frog Prince,” by Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, Oct. 10-21; “The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow,” by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine, Oct. 24-Nov. 4; “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Nov. 8-Jan. 6, 2013; “Brother Coyote and Sister Fox,” by Thistle Theatre of Seattle, Jan. 8-27, 2013; “The Adventures of Mighty Bug,” Jan. 31-March 17, 2013; “Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could,” by Barefoot Puppet Theatre of Richmond, Va., March 19-April 7, 2013; “Brer Rabbit & Friends,” April 11-May 26, 2013.
  • New Directions series: National Puppet Slam (ages 18-plus only), Aug. 3-4 (details at www.puppetslam.com); “The Ghastly Dreadfuls” (ages 16-plus), Oct. 11-27; “Tales of Edgar Allen Poe” (ages 12-plus), Feb. 12-March 3, 2013; “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” (ages 12-plus), created and performed by Tim Watts of Perth, Australia, April 26-28, 2013; “XperimentalCQ Puppetry Theater” (ages 18-plus), May 16-19, 2013.

Tickets: 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org.

Atlanta Lyric Theatre

The metro area’s only local professional musical theater troupe, Atlanta Lyric has announced its 2012-13 season.

The 33rd season lineup (at Marietta’s Strand Theatre, unless noted): “Smoke on the Mountain,” featuring cast members from the long-running production at now-defunct Theatre in the Square (July 27-Aug. 5), “Legally Blonde: The Musical” (Aug. 10-26, at Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre), “Anything Goes” (Sept. 21-Oct. 7), “White Christmas” (Dec. 7-23), “Beehive – The ’60s Musical” (Feb. 15-March 3, 2013), “Ragtime” (April 12-28, 2013), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (June 7-23, 2013). (Note that dates for “Smoke on the Mountain” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical” were incorrect in the original posting of this story, but correct as shown here now.)

Subscriptions and individual tickets: 404-377-9948, www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.

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