DeKalb theater companies plan to make audiences laugh and cry in 2017

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ow that the holiday season is over and theatrical stages have wrapped up their holiday shows, most theater companies are preparing to launch their 2017 seasons.

The range of productions are diverse with musicals, comedies and even a little mystery as well as productions aimed at young audiences.

Here’s a peek at some of the 2017 offerings by DeKalb County theater companies:


OnStage Atlanta

Located at 2969 Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur, OnStage Atlanta is a semi-professional theater that has existed for 46 years. Performances are priced at $10-$25 per ticket. Go to www.onstageatlanta.com for more information.

“We are committed to produce high-quality, diverse and eclectic theatrical offerings by providing an environment which fosters the growth and development of talented and creative individuals,” states the theater company’s website. “OnStage Atlanta is dedicated to harnessing the power of live theatre to excite, entertain, educate, and emotionally move audiences, thereby creating a strong and loyal theatre family.”

Music and satire are on the bill for the OnStage Atlanta shows this year including:


9 To 5 The Musical

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this show is about a chauvinistic boss, three unappreciated female co-workers who conspire to lead a corporate makeover. Show runs March 3 through April 2.

Incorruptible

Described as a satirical comedy, Incorruptible takes place in France in 1250 A.D. in which a local monastery pins its hopes on an upcoming papal visit to restore its abbey to its former glory. The production runs June 2-25.

Heathers The Musical

Based on the classic cult film, this production is described as a “homicidal musical” focuses on a high school student who’s trying to keep herself in the school’s social order and starts a relationship with a dangerous new student. Staged from July 7 to Aug. 13.

ART Station

ART Station is in its 31st year of providing arts programs to the community and has a professional theater company. It operates from a converted trolley barn in downtown Stone Mountain. Tickets range from $15 to $31. For full details, go to www.artstation.org. Productions scheduled for 2017 are:

Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words

Bill Oberst Jr. pays tribute to the writer Lewis Grizzard in this one-man show highlighting his stand-up comedy and selections from his books and columns.

Somewhere Over the Rose

Starring Kathy Haleda, Somewhere Over the Rose is a celebration of the songs, styles and stories of Judy Garland and Bette Midler. The show runs Feb. 16-22.

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky is a comedy about what happens when the “nesting instinct” is applied to the end of one’s life. The production runs April 13-30.

Stage Door Players

Founded in 1974, Stage Door Players is a professional theater company dedicaed to bringing popular, compelling and entertaining works to the stage, according to its website. Four productions are scheduled to come to Stage Door Players’ Dunwoody theater in 2017. 

Death by Design, Jan. 27 through Feb. 19, starts off the season. In this play, a celebrated playwright and his actress wife flee to the countryside after a disastrous opening night, only to find themselves visited by various surprise guests, all with secrets – until one of them ends up being murdered.

The Cemetery Club is described as “touching and humorous portrait” is about three Jewish widows who meet for tea before their monthly visit to their husbands’ graves. Runs March 17 – April 5.

Boeing Boeing is a 1960s French farce about a Parisian with three fiancees who are coming to his apartment at the same time. On the stage from May 19 to June 11. 

Annie Get Your Gun, July 14-Aug. 6, showcases the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin and tells the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley’s romance with sharpshooter Frank Butler.

Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta

In 2017, the Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta, located in Dunwoody, is offering five productions specifically for young audiences. 

Among the family-oriented, child friendly shows are Dinosaur  as well as A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar & A Moon, both staged in April. Seven performances of The Wizard of Oz will be staged March 9-19 with tickets ranging from $10-$35. For more information, go to www.atlantajcc.org.

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