Georgia Shakespeare
Front Row Center
The official newsletter of
Georgia Shakespeare

November 2010
In This Issue
Get in the Race with the Atlanta Half Marathon
Meet Ralphie!
Toast the Holidays at Terra Terroir
Associate Artists Corner
Education News: Educator Appreciation Night


The Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K is one of the Atlanta Track Club's biggest race events of the year.

Get in the race and support Georgia Shakespeare at the same time.  Race as a part of Team Georgia Shakespeare; as part of the Miles of Giving program, when your friends and family sponsor you, the funds go to support our artistic and educational programming, including our Will on Wheels School Tour and shows like A Christmas Story.

Register online through the Atlanta Track Club website, or sponsor a runner by visiting our Atlanta Half Marathon page. Be sure to let us know the name of the runner you wish to sponsor when making your donation.

Register quickly!  The roster is filling up and registration will close once it hits 1,500 racers.

The race kicks off at Turner Field Thanksgiving morning.  Hit the pavement for Georgia Shakespeare and as the Atlanta Track Club says, "Earn your turkey."


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Georgia Shakespeare wishes to thank our 2010 sponsors

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OU 175


Summer Festival Sponsor
Corner Cap

Shake at the Lake Sponsors

The Kendeda Fund

The Coca Cola Company

Charles Loridans Foundation

Shakespeare Connections

Shakespeare Connections

Family 2 Family BOA

SHREW: the Musical Sponsor
Callner Portnoy Strawser

SHREW: the Musical
Media Sponsor
Reporter Newspapers

The Odyssey: a Journey Home

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The Odyssey: a Journey Home  Supporting Sponsor
Turner Voices
with additional support from


A Christmas Story Sponsors
Atlanta Parent

Family 2 Family

The leaves are turning and there's a chill in the air. The holiday season is almost upon us.

Normally, this time of year would find us wrapping up and winding down, but not this year. Our 25th Anniversary Season still has a couple of holiday surprises in store!

In this month's Front Row Center, we will introduce you to the young star of holiday centerpiece, A Christmas Story. In addition to meeting our Ralphie Parker and the rest of the cast, you can also find out how your school choir can sing for their tickets, as well as how we are honoring Educators with a special performance.

We will also tell you about two very exciting and very different ways you can help support Georgia Shakespeare as we launch this exciting new holiday tradition. Whether you love a good run or a fine wine - or both - we have something just for you.

Don't miss the Associate Artists' Corner, where we congratulate our winners from last night's 2010 Suzi Bass Awards. And as always... thanks for being a part of Georgia Shakespeare.

shrewSeason Spotlight: Meet Ralphie Parker!

The Search for Ralphie has concluded!  After six weeks of open auditions and callbacks, our young Mr. Parker is found.  And the lucky kid is...

Cooper DCooper Driskellriskell

Cooper came to the open auditions held at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Check out Cooper's performance as the young Ralphie Parker when A Christmas Story hits the Conant stage beginning December 7! 

Cooper joins Georgia Shakespeare veterans Allan Edwards (adult Ralph) and Mark Kincaid (the Old Man), along with LaLa Cochran, Sherman Fracher, and six of the city's up and coming young stars in the stage adaptation of the beloved movie classic.

Congratulations, Cooper!  Check out the full cast and designer lists on our A Christmas Story page, and read a little about our Ralphie in a feature from the AJC.

Buy online now or call the Box Office at 404.264.0020.
Be a Christmas Caroler!
We invite your school chorus to perform in our decorated lobby prior to a performance of A Christmas Story.  We are seeking joyous holiday songs that will have the audience singing along before the play even starts.

As it is also the Season of Giving, as a thank you, each student who performs will receive a complimentary ticket to that day's performance, with discount tickets available to faculty, parents, siblings and other friends and family to enjoy A Christmas Story as a group. 

Join us this holiday season by spending some of your time and sharing your voices to help ring in a new holiday tradition at Georgia Shakespeare.  To set up a time to sing for us, email us or call 404.993.9264.
bashToast the Holidays at Terra Terroir

Celebrate the holidays in style with four courses and five wines at Brookhaven's own Terra Terroir.

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Our Holiday Wine Dinner is a delicious fundraiser to benefit the first  production of  A Christmas Story.  Hosted by our friends at one of Wine Enthusiast's 2010 Outstanding Wine Restaurants, it's bound to warm you up and get you in the spirit. 

Terra Terroir
The evening is sure to be a great start to the season.  Get your tickets now, before they disappear!  Tickets are $100 each ($50 tax-deductible).

Buy your tickets online or call the Box Office at 404.264.0020.
Thank you to the Community Foundation and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund!

Georgia Shakespeare is the proud recipient of one of several 2010 Arts Fund grants.  We wish to express our immense gratitude to The Community Foundation and its ongoing commitment to increasing the resources available to small and midsized arts organizations.

arts fund logoCongratulations to our fellow recipients at Teatre du Reve, Synchronicity Performance Group, Horizon Theatre, the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and more. 

Read the complete announcement with a full list of recipients by clicking here.  __________________________________________________________
Associate Artists Corner

Shrew castDoug KoertgeCongratulations to Georgia Shakespeare's 2010 Suzi Bass Award winner Doug Koertge.  Doug was the recipient of the Suzi for Outstanding Costume Design for Shrew: the Musical (pictured right, photo: Bill DeLoach).  Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner accepted the award on his behalf.  Doug, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee, has been with Georgia Shakespeare since the very first season.

In addition to Doug's win, awards also went to a few of our Associate Artists and extended family for their work with other Atlanta theatres, including:
  • Tess Malis Kincaid for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Good Boys and True at Actor's Express
  • Kat Conley for Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play for Ethan Frome at Theatre in the Square
  • Rob Dillard for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play for The Woman in Black at Theatre in the Square
  • Kathleen McManus for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Grey Gardens at Actor's Express
Suzi Bass AwardsA big congrats to all of last night's winners.  The Suzi Awards were held at our home here at the Conant Performing Arts Center.


On stage around town: Theater Emory presents the modern classic comedy You Can't Take It With You, directed by Associate Artist John Ammerman, through November 21 at Emory's Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Associate Artist Chris Kayser reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Alliance Theatre's A Christmas Carol opening Black Friday, November 26.  The show also features Associate Artists Joe Knezevich, Daniel Thomas May, Courtney Patterson, and Neal Ghant.  Dickens' classic runs through Christmas Eve.
Education News: Honoring our Educators with a special performance of A Christmas Story

A Christmas StoryDoes your child have a favorite teacher?  Is there a special educator in your life?

Well, Tuesday, December 7 is Educator Appreciation Night at Georgia Shakespeare.  In recognition of the eforts and acheivements of our teachers, professors, and educational workers across the state and Southeast, we are offering a special $10 rate to the evening's performance of A Christmas Story

In addition, we will ask all educators in the audience to stand at the beginning of the show so that they may be recognized and celebrated.

For more information, email Education Director Allen O'Reilly, or give her a call at 404.504.3401.

From our friends at Pinch n' Ouch Theatre...
lobby hero

by Kenneth Lonergan
directed by Grant McGowen
November 5th*-28th
at the 14th Street Playhouse

Lobby Hero, nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, tells the story of Jeff, a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy. But the lobby proves to be no sanctuary from the world, as Jeff is drawn into a local murder investigation involving his supervisor and a rookie policewoman who is in over her head with her hero-cop partner. As Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, "motives come in every shade but black and white" in Lobby Hero, creating a "combustible brew of impulses."

The 14th Street Playhouse is located at 173 14th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Georgia Shakespeare
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4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-2797
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