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Buford group starts stage season with a laugh

Live Arts Theatre presents ‘Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know’ at Fifth Row Center

POSTED: July 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.

As part of its inaugural season, the Buford-based Live Arts Theatre will present the hilarious off-Broadway hit “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.”

Anyone who has traveled in any capacity knows the pitfalls involved and this musical revue will treat audience members to a funny night at the theater.

Originally slated to open in June, the show had to be postponed. But the group proves you can’t keep a good show down. “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” will play Aug. 2-5 at Fifth Row Center located at 5509 Main St., in Flowery Branch.

The show is directed by Live Arts vice president Michael Parker, with music directed by Barbara Macko, and features many prominent local veterans of the stage, as well as a few new faces.

Based on the Fodors travel guide of the same name, “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” presents the funny side of many common travel mishaps and scenarios most everyone has experienced when leaving home.

The show, originally produced in New York by Scott Perrin, features songs and sketches by Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Addy Fieger, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell and Nick Santa Maria.

The performance is an ensemble-style musical revue, which will feature each actor playing many different characters as they experience the ups and downs of travel, through song and dance.

“My father was a travel agent, so I could really relate to all the crazy stories,” said Parker.

Macko said the show is entertaining and clever. “There are so many little musical jokes and funny moments that everyone can really relate to.”

Parker said audiences can look forward to tight musical harmonies and a fast-paced, fun revue.

“The audience will find themselves humming songs as they walk out of the theater,” said Macko.

The show features local actors Becca Parker, Tami Collup Scheinman, Steven Miller, Joshua Garcia, Bryan Montemayor and Bob Seelig.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 5. All general admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 603-867-2200, emailing boxoffice@liveartstheatre.org, or online at liveartstheatre.org.

“Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” is recommended for ages 8 and older.

Live Arts Theatre is a community theater based in Buford. The mission of the group is to produce a variety of plays and musicals that engage, educate and entertain the community.

The group is committed to creating quality theater while also giving the community opportunities to grow and find enjoyment in the arts.


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