The Gainesville Theatre Alliance opened their 36th season in record breaking fashion with their performance of the Broadway musical and Disney classic “Mary Poppins” at the Brenau University campus in Gainesville Tuesday night.
The performance, at 7:30 p.m. in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre, drew a full crowd. One of the actors, University of North Georgia student Zach Ivins, said he felt the performance went very well.
“I think this show was really fantastic,” Ivins said. “‘Mary Poppins’ is an incredibly hard show to mount. The choreography is incredibly complex and there’s a lot of set and costume changes, and I thought we were able to bring the show together in a really interesting way.”
GTA Director Jim Hammond said he felt like the crowd enjoyed the performance as well.
“When they stand up at the end that’s a good sign,” Hammond said. “The first two weeks are pretty much sold out already so we have opened up a third week, I think that’s only the third time we’ve done that in the history of the GTA so we’re off to a good start.”
The sales proved to be the best the alliance has ever had. According to a press release from GTA the show had already broken the record for ticket sales and revenue with still over a week to go.
The GTA will hold several more performances of “Mary Poppins” before moving on to their next play. All of those performances will be held at Brenau University. According to Hammond, the alliance has big plans for this season.
“What we’re always working for is variety and diversity,” Hammond said. “This is that big family musical that’s starting the season and then we’re going to have something slightly less bright, which is ‘Dracula,’ which is going to be in the Ed Cabell Theatre.”
Hammond also said the group plans to perform other plays, including “The Philadelphia Story,” later this season.
The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a collaborative theater group consisting of UNG and Brenau students as well as local theater professionals from around the Northeast Georgia region. To find a complete future schedule of performances by the GTA and more details on the cast and production, you can visit their website at www.gainesvilletheatreallicance.org.