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Era of 'The Great Gatsby' swings into town
Gainesville Theatre Alliance to perform play based on novel
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Actors with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance will perform a play based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.” Performances will begin Tuesday at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus.

‘The Great Gatsby’

When: 7:30 p.m. April 7-11 and 14-18 and at 2:30 p.m. April 12 and 18; preview show 7:30 p.m. April 6.

Where: Ed Cabell Theatre, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Cost: $18-$20 adults, $16-$18 seniors and $12-$14 students; $10 preview

More info: www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or 678-717-3624

The Georgia Theatre Alliance will end its 35th season with a throwback to the roaring 1920s, when the parties were bigger, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher and the models were looser.

GTA’s final show for the season will be the stage adaptation of  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wildly popular novel, “The Great Gatsby.” 

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 7-11 and 14-18 and 2:30 p.m. April 12 and 18 at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in the Ed Cabell Theatre. The campus is at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

Though many theatergoers may be familiar with the novel, the way GTA allows it to come to life on stage may surprise you.

“There’s lots of iconic images that run through Gatsby … how you create that on a 20-by-24-foot stage creates challenges that theater people love to face,” said Jim Hammond, the artistic and managing director of Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

The director hopes audience members will feel as if they are part of the play, instead of just watching it.

“What we’re going to be doing throughout the two-hour production is providing provocative stimulus to trigger the audience’s imagination,” Hammond said.

The story follows Long Island newcomer Nick Carraway as he moves into a home next to the elusive millionaire Jay Gatsby. As the summer draws on, he begins to become more and more curious about the lavish lifestyle his neighbor leads.

As Carraway gets to know Gatsby and his social circle better, he grows more aware of the complicated past the group shares.

“Many people consider this to be the greatest novel written in the last 150 years,” Hammond said. “We felt like it was the perfect challenge for GTA in our 35th anniversary season to produce this great work.”

Tickets for this show have been selling very quickly with already 96 percent sold.

Tickets are $18-$20 for adults, $16-$18 for seniors and $12-$14 for students, depending on seat location.

For more information or to select a seat, visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or call 678-717-3624.