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Georgia Ensemble to remount Denver musical, announces '15-16 lineup

Georgia Ensemble Theatre will remount its 2013 jukebox musical “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America” at Chattahoochee Nature Center this summer as part of a partnership forged between North Fulton's only professional theater and the Roswell riverside attraction.

The run will be July 23 through Aug 8 at the nature center’s Ben Brady Pavilion, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

Shows will be at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with the nature center opening at 6:30 p.m. so that theatergoers can take in the exhibits and grounds.

Audience members can bring a picnic or order from a catered menu from Talk of the Town, with meals available for pickup at the nature center. A cash bar will be available before and during the show.

GET artistic director Robert Farley said he received many requests from patrons to give “Almost Heaven" an encore.

"I wanted to do the show, the performing artists wanted to do the show," Farley said in the announcement. "All we needed was a space where we could perform and in an environment where an eager audience would join us."

He called the nature center a "perfect" fit for a show that features songs including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Nature center executive director Chris Nelson added: “This is an opportunity for two non-profits to participate together in a project that broadens our audience."

The full ensemble of singers/instrumentalists from the orignal staging — Dolph Amick, Mary Nye Bennett, Christopher Damiano, Scott DePoy and Jeremy Wood — will return.

Read the AJC's 2013 review of the show here.

Tickets — $15 for lawn seating, $30 for reserved table seating under the pavilion — are on sale at 770-641-1260,

Georgia Ensemble’s 2015-16 season

Georgia Ensemble Theatre recently announced the lineup for its 2015-16 season, with the theme “See What’s Possible.”

The 23rd Mainstage season of artistic director Robert J. Farley’s Roswell troupe:

Sept. 10-Oct. 4: “Calendar Girls,” Tim Firth’s comedy about nine women’s club members who pose nude for a calendar to raise funds for a local hospital. GET said it was the first American company to be granted rights to the British hit.

Nov. 5- 22: “Romeo and Juliet,” the troupe’s first Shakespeare staging.

Jan. 7 -24, 2016: “Charley’s Aunt,” a comedy of mistaken identities and cross-dressing by Brandon Thomas.

Feb. 25-March 13, 2016: “Peter and the Starcatcher,” featuring a dozen actors playing more than 100 characters in the swashbuckling Tony-winning adventure by Rick Elice that’s billed as “a grownup’s prequel to ‘Peter Pan.’”

April 7-24, 2016: “Yesterday and Today, the Interactive Beatles Experience,” a nostalgic musical celebration conceived and performed by brothers Billy, Matthew and Ryan McGuigan in which audiences pick the set list.

Performances are at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Early bird Mainstage subscription packages, $103-$143 (with discounts for seniors, students), are available through May 31. Prices will increase June 1. Call 770-641-1260. More Mainstage details and information on the Theatre for Young Audiences season and the Joe Gransden Big Band Series:

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