The traditional theater season runs from September to May. But there’s no shortage of programming to keep local audiences entertained this summer, from rousing musicals to thoughtful dramas to wholesome family fare.
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Serenbe Playhouse. 9110 Selborne Lane, Suite 210, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-1110; www.serenbeplayhouse.com.
Georgia Shakespeare. 4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-504-1473; www.gashakespeare.org.
Essential Theatre. 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 1-866-811-4111; www. essentialtheatre.com.
Other summer offerings include “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class,” a one-woman spinoff from the popular “Nunsense” shows, continuing through June 23 at Stone Mountain’s ART Station. “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” part of another series of musicals about a 1950s girl group, runs Aug. 1-18. 770-469-1105. www.artstation.org
Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville opens its 2013-14 season early for an extended run of the sprawling French Revolution musical “Les Miserables,” July 25-Sept. 8. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com
On tap for the kids and their families at the Center for Puppetry Arts are “Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat” (June 13-July 28), directed by Jon Ludwig, and a Michael Haverty/Bobby Box adaptation of “Rumpelstiltskin” (Aug. 1-Sept. 8). 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org
Thomas W. Jones II, a frequent Horizon Theatre collaborator, directs its version of a “fantastical whodunit” by Marcus Gardley, “Every Tongue Confess” (July 12-Aug. 25). Bernardine Mitchell heads the cast. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com
Conceived and directed by David H. Bell (“Gut Bucket Blues”), Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre presents the gospel musical “Shakin’ the Rafters” at the 14th Street Playhouse, July 12-Aug. 4. 1-877-725-8849. www.truecolorstheatre.org
Onstage Atlanta’s inaugural production in its new Decatur space is the local premiere of the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein,” July 12-Aug. 17. 404-897-1802. www.onstageatlanta.com
At the Shakespeare Tavern, the Bard’s “Hamlet” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” continue in repertory through June 23. The Lee Blessing play “Fortinbras” runs June 29-July 14, followed by a remount of the three-man parody “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” Aug. 9-Sept. 1. 404-874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com
Dunwoody’s Stage Door Players present the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” (July 12-Aug. 4), based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” 770-396-1726. www.stagedoorplayers.net