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Musical flows with Laniers history
GTA to perform Mile Half Down at Olympic venue
‘Mile Half Down’ cast — Rebecca DelPlato, from left, Benny Higgins, Payton Owen, Joshua Wade and Skyler Passmore — practices the original musical, written by Robert Brooksher and Christian Jundt. It will be performed this weekend in Gainesville.

‘Half Mile Down’

When: 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

How much: Free, but donations accepted

More info: 678-717-3624 or

While New York City can experience Shakespeare in the Park, Hall County residents can picnic and enjoy an original tale on Lake Lanier.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present the musical “Half Mile Down” at 8:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Written by University of North Georgia graduate Robert Brooksher and Brenau University graduate Christina Jundt, “Half Mile Down” is based on pieces of Gainesville history and the creation of Lake Lanier.

The story follows Noah Farr, played by Skyler Passmore, as he learns his town of Valley Electric is in danger of being turned into a lake. While trying to save the town, Noah falls in love with Emma Smith, played by Becca DelPlato, the daughter of Valley Electrics local representative.

The play then explores their romance and fight to save the town.

“We want the community to experience a great original story with roots in the Appalachian towns that we call home,” Brooksher said. “I believe our generation has a responsibility to those to come to leave this area in the best shape possible, and I think the community at large will love to see what we’ve put together.”

The production’s venue moved from a farm off Clarks Bridge Road to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue because of the community’s enthusiastic response.

“It was really a blessing in disguise,” Brooksher said. “Our original site was great, but it presented a lot of challenges because it was so small. Being able to use the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue is a dream come true. It’s a beautiful location in the heart of our community and it’s the perfect place to tell this story.”

Admission is free to the show, but donations will be accepted. Money will benefit the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue and the Soque River Watershed Association with 100 percent of the proceeds being split between the both organizations.

Spectators are encouraged to bring camping chairs, picnics, blankets and bug spray.

“Half Mile Down” performances are 90 minutes and appropriate for all audiences.

For more information, call the GTA Box Office at 678-717-3624, or visit

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