‘The 7 Shot Symphony’
When: 10 a.m. Jan. 16-17; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, 5 p.m. Jan. 20
Where: Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford
How much: $10-18
More info: gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org, 678-717-3721
What happens when you combine live theater, spaghetti Westerns, mythology from around the world, Cirque du Soleil-style movement, bluegrass music and finger guns with a Quentin Tarantino edge?
You get “The 7-Shot Symphony,” which will be performed Jan. 18-20 on the new GTA SouthernStage at the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford’s new Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway.
Touring physical theater company Live Action Set is coming to Georgia to present their unique take on an old-fashioned spaghetti Western. Accompanying them will be Tree Party, a live bluegrass brand.
Live Action Set takes the classic western tale, then adds some of the greatest myths from around the world. Famous mythological characters such as Gilgamesh, Odin, Orpheus and Hades, to name a few, become sheriffs, outlaws, gunsmiths and saloon piano players.
The story is one of love, action, legend and corruption, all told without any set or props — only the actors, their bodies and their creativity. Ever seen a shootout using finger guns?
“It’s unlike a regular play because we were inspired by old Western movies and myths from around the world,” said Noah Bremer, Live Action Set artistic director and company tour manager. “The show is very physical; the actors create landscapes with their bodies. It’s filled with wonderful language and they create the whole word with nothing but their bodies.”
Live Action set is a Minnesota-based touring company known for combining acting, dancing and creative movement to present some of the most unique and inspiring theatre experiences available to the public.
Founded in 2003 by a small group of dancers, choreographers, actors and performers, Live Action Set has since grown to a full ensemble cast that performs regularly around the country. Its unique take on theater has won awards and recognition, due in part to leadership from Bremer, the co-founder, a lead clown with Cirque du Soleil and part of the 7-Shot cast.
The show took about seven months to create and has toured the country for the last two years.
“We’re still transforming (the show) and always improving,” Bremer said. “We’re seeing what audiences like and what they don’t and we try to make this the best show it can be. It makes the show very exciting for us.”
“The 7-Shot Symphony” comes to GTA SouthernStage from a partnership between the city of Buford and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance to build a resident professional theater company for the new Sylvia Beard Theatre. The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a nationally acclaimed collaboration between the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, Theatre Professionals and the North Georgia Community.
Bremer said the live performance has a “movie feel” and is sure to entertain an audience. The performance last a little more than two hours with an intermission and is appropriate for children over the age of 7.
“It’s just a really fun show,” Bremer said. “It’s moving, it’s touching and it’s really funny. It has a little bit for everybody, unless you love sets and props, in that case you’ll be disappointed.”
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 and at 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Two half-price tickets will be available an hour before curtain in the Buford Community Center Box Office for patrons with a Buford address on their picture IDs.
Ticket prices are dependent on seat location, ranging from $16-$18 for adults, $14-$16 for seniors and $10-$12 for students and children. Boxes are available with two or four VIP seats for $40 a ticket.
Patrons can select their own seats online at gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org or by calling the box office at 678-717-3624 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those seeking group discounts (20 percent for 12 or more people) or ADA seating should contact the box office.