‘The Adventures of Pecos Bill’
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville
Cost: $10 or $12 adults and $7 to $8 students, depending on seat selection
More info: www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or 678-717-3721
Pecos Bill does not like quiet entrances.
This loud and fun-loving cowboy character and star of WonderQuest’s new fall performance will entertain audiences of all ages with his lasso skills, bright and often outrageous ideas and strength to wrangle a tornado with his bare hands.
“The Adventures of Pecos Bill” is based on a depiction of cowboys in the 1800s with a “picture-book like quality,” said Gay Hammond, director of WonderQuest, playwright and resident dramatist for GTA.
In the play, children and adults alike will meet friends of Pecos Bill, including one very special cowgirl. Slue-Foot Sue, the epitome of a real cowgirl in Pecos’ eyes, will show girls and boys how to survive in the West.
Step one: Learn how to ride a giant catfish.
“I wrote the play for children of all ages,” Hammond said. “The show has coyotes in the background, transitional pieces played on the fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and the actors sing a little throughout the show, and they have learned to respond to children in the audience.”
During the show's curtain time, nearly 700 children from across Hall County will visit the theater to watch the production by WonderQuest, which is GTA’s Theatre for Young Audiences.
“Children love good vs. evil, and the struggle between good guys and bad guys,” Hammond said.
Children will have the chance to eat ice cream with their favorite characters during a free social after the show Oct. 4.
And before the Oct. 9 and 10 shows, children ages 6 to 12 may attend the Cowpoke Kids rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Children will learn how to “lasso a bottle of chocolate milk,” get tips on being a cowboy or cowgirl, and pick up some Western lingo as they do crafts, play games and enjoy cowboy snacks, according to the GTA website.
Tickets are $5. Show tickets must be purchased separately.
Children and their parents also have the option of participating in a free Meet-the-Actors reception following the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 performance. Refreshments will be included.
Public performances of “The Adventures of Pecos Bill” will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4. School matinee performances will be at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 7-9.
All performances will be in Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus at 500 Washington St. in downtown Gainesville.
Tickets are $10 or $12 for adults and $7 to $8 for students and children depending on seat location. Patrons may select their seats online at www.gainesvilletheatre. alliance.org.
Teachers also may reserve sections on the website. Teachers receive free admission with a group of 10 students or more, and tickets per student are $6.
Tickets also may be purchased through the Gainesville Theatre Alliance box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays by calling 678-717-3624. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card are accepted. Discounts are available on the website if purchasing tickets for several GTA shows throughout the year.
For more information, call Beth Kendall at 678-717-3721 or visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.