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Community theaters to present plays, musicals geared toward children
Handful of kid-friendly entertainment to hit area stages this summer
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The Pam Ware Summer Children’s Theater Workshop along with Gainesville Parks and Recreation will present “Around the World in 80 Days.” The musical features more than 60 kids putting a new twist on a classic, which was adapted by locals IB Hopkins and Harry Noah Haines.

‘Around the World in 80 Days’

When: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9

Where: Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place, Gainesville

Cost: $10 adults and $5 seniors and students

More info: 770-531-2680

‘Peter Pan Jr.’

When: 7:30 p.m. June 10; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 11; and 7:30 p.m. June 12

Where: Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee

Cost: $13 adults, $10 students and $8 children

More info: www.playonplayers.com

‘The Lion King Jr.’

When: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 18-26

Where: Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega

Cost: $14 adults and $10 children and students

More info: www.hollytheater.com or 706-864-3759

‘Shrek the Musical’

When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 22-31 and Aug. 5-7

Where: Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega

Cost: $20 adults, $12 students

More info: www.hollytheater.com or 706-864-3759

Summertime usually equals all kinds of outdoor activities for school-age children on break from the classroom. But for afternoons too hot and humid or wet and rainy, community theaters offer an entertaining alternative indoors.

At least four plays or musicals can delight young and old in the morning or evening all across the Northeast Georgia region.

Starting the stage experience will be Gainesville Parks and Recreation’s production of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Presented by the Pam Ware Summer Children’s Theater Workshop, the musical features more than 60 kids putting a new twist on a classic, which was adapted by locals IB Hopkins and Harry Noah Haines.

“Around the World in 80 Days” will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, at Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place, in Gainesville.

The story follows the majestic, mysterious and wealthy Phileas Fogg, who wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. The audience will watch as Fogg, his loyal maid, Madame Pass; and his troublesome niece and nephew voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They can be purchased by calling 770-531-2680, visiting the Gainesville Parks and Recreation office or at the door the day of the performance.

The next theatrical production geared toward children will be the classic tale of “Peter Pan Jr.”

The Gainesville-based Play on Players’ Children’s Theater’s will present the magical tale that reminds us what it’s like to be a child and how hard it can be growing up.

The story focuses on Wendy Darling and her brothers, John and Michael, as they journey through Neverland with Peter Pan. Along the way, they meet Tinker Bell and her fairies, the Lost Boys, mermaids, indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook.

“Peter Pan Jr.” features songs such as “You Can Fly,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile,” “Following the Leader,” and “What Makes the Brave Man Brave.”

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. June 10; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 11; and 7:30 p.m. June 12, at Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Road, in Suwanee.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children. The reserved seats may be purchased at www.playonplayers.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Rounding out some of the summer theatricals will be Holly Theater with two productions — “The Lion King Jr.” and “Shrek the Musical.”

Based on the Disney animation, “The Lion King Jr.” brings the African savannah to life with the characters of Simba, Rafiki and many memorable others in this coming-of-age tale.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays June 18-26 at 69 W. Main St. in Dahlonega.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children and students.

Based on William Steig’s 1990 book “Shrek” and the 2001 DreamWorks film of the same name, “Shrek the Musical” is the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 22-31 and Aug. 5-7 at Holly Theater.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students.

For more information, visit www.hollytheater.com.

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