Roswell’s own Georgia Ensemble Theatre, the only professional theatre company in North Fulton, will continue its 24th season with our theme of celebrating the strength and courage of women. The year’s first production is celebrated Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s hilarious new comedy, Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required (Jan. 5-22, 2017). When retired schoolteacher Rhonda Charles opens an email in her spam folder with the subject line, “Greetings Friend your kind assistance is required,” the journey of a lifetime begins. With her best friend Marybeth in tow, Rhonda travels to the mysterious kingdom of Zardelgnia, facing down guerilla fighters and attempting to rescue the captured Crown Prince. Along the way, Rhonda and Marybeth encounter danger, unexpected romance, and a new sense of purpose – proving it’s never too late to find new adventure. This hilarity is sponsored by the Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation.
The third production on this theme, and GET’s fourth of 5 main stage plays this season, is the wonderful story Having Our Say, The Delany Sister’s First 100 Years (see front cover). 103-year-old Sadie and 101-year-old Bessie Delany are preparing dinner in remembrance of their father’s birthday. While they cook, they recount a fascinating series of events and anecdotes drawn from their rich family history and their careers as pioneering African American professional women. As descendants of slaves, they have seen their fair share of turbulent times, and yet they forge into the present, with a little daily yoga to help along the way. Made possible by GET sponsor The Kimberly-Clark Corporation, this production is during the Roswell Roots Festival of 2017 in February and March.
And finally, GET finishes this historic season in April with the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. It’s December 4, 1956. Early rock ‘n roll stars Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, along with newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis find themselves in the legendary Memphis recording studio Sun Records. This musical based on the electrifying true story, finds these icons in the greatest jam session of all time, and now it will explode onto the GET stage. Featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and many more! Thanks to The Mimms Company and Synovus/Bank of North Georgia for supporting this production.