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Academy Theatre and Hapeville Main Street present a 4th of July Concert!

Hapeville, GA. – Academy Theatre and The City of Hapeville Main Street Program present a Safe, Socially Responsible, 4th of July Celebration Concert! This show will feature Hapeville’s own Darwin Conort and Tim Purcell along with Drummer Johnny Pike of YouTube Foxes and Fossils fame!

Tim Purcell and Darwin Conort

The 4th of July Outdoor Concert will take place in the Sam Hape Plaza parking lot behind the Corner Tavern at 3469 Dearborn Plaza, Hapeville 30354 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM on  Saturday, July 4th, 2020.  For the safety of our artists, patrons, and staff, we are practicing social distancing for the outdoor 4th of July Concert by having each 8’ x 8’ box 6’ away from each other and 9’ between each row.  

Each box is $75.00 and holds 6 people.  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own table and chairs.  Masks are recommended.

  • What: A 4th of July Celebration Concert!
  • Who: The Academy Theatre and Hapeville Main Street Board
  • Where: Sam Hape Plaza
  • When: July 4th, 2020
  • Tickets: $75 for a box to seat up to 6 people
  •  http://ticketpeak.co/academytheatre

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The Academy Theatre is supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.  The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville.  The City of Hapeville is the official sponsor of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

The Curtain

COVID-19 Update

Dear Academy Theatre Family,

In light of the revised guidelines implemented by the CDC and our commitment to the health and safety of our patrons, sponsors, artists, and volunteers, the Academy Theatre, IMPACT Theatre Atlanta, Lynna Schmidt Productions and Laughing Matters are postponing the remainder of our season until the COVID-19 health crisis has passed.  The plays that will need to be rescheduled are The Roommate, Nunsense, and Tapas V.   As soon as we know more about when we can safely resume our programming, we will let you know.  It is our intent to honor any tickets that you have purchased for any of the shows above making them transferrable to any future Academy Theatre show.   

Since we are not sure how long we will be closed, we are sincerely concerned about how we will pay our bills without ticket sales.  If you are able to donate to us during this emergency, we would be exceedingly grateful. Any size donation would be extremely helpful and is tax deductible.  Please click on the Donation button below.  

Please know that our thoughts are with you and yours as we all go through this challenging time.  We look forward to the day when we can welcome you back to the theatre and we can all share the joy of live theatre again.

Very Sincerely,

Academy Theatre, IMPACT Theatre Atlanta, Lynna Schmidt Productions and Laughing Matters 

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The ribbon cutting!

Impact and Academy Theatres present The ReRooting

Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta will be finishing their 2018/19 season with The ReRooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter. This play is the conclusion to the trilogy including The Rooting Place, presented in 2016, and The Uprooting, presented in 2017.

The Story

The story begins as a storm of epic proportions erupts for Jeffrey Lee. Unknown to the rest of the family, he needs to flee the farm Oba’s great, great grandmother Mama Ida had willed to him. Before he can leave, however, a mysterious young woman and her son arrive. Is it by chance that they have come here to visit? And is it by chance that her son turns up missing during a tornado watch a few days later?

“I am delighted to bring the final work of Betty Chaney’s saga to the stage.” says Brenda Porter, Founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “Audiences have fallen in love with the Townsend family over the last few years, and I look forward to presenting the closing chapter in this story.”

The Cast

Greta Glenn, who stars as Effie Raye, says, “I’m so happy to be back at the Academy Theatre and working with Brenda Porter.” Greta starred in both The Rooting Place and its sequel, The Uprooting. Also returning to the Academy stage is John Doyle, who played Jeffrey Lee in The Uprooting. John also performed in Academy’s recent festival of short plays, Tapas IV: The Great Divide.

In addition to Greta Glenn and John Doyle, the show also features Marvin Vance, Caitlin Roe, Brittany Nicole Timmons, and Alfred Lewis III.

Due to adult language and content, this show is not suitable for young audiences.

Details

  • What: The ReRooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter, A World Premiere
  • Who: Impact Theatre Atlanta and The Academy Theatre
  • Where: The Academy Theatre, 599 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga. 30354
  • When: Aug. 2nd through Aug. 18th, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students

Academy Theatre announces 2019/2020 Season

Academy Theatre is proud to announce the new 2019/2020 season! Featuring works directed by Lynna Schmidt, Robert Drake, Fracena Byrd, and Brenda Porter, this season will open on the theatre’s new proscenium stage!

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

The comedic, classic story of two mismatched friends, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Oct. 11, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas by Sean Grennan

A disillusioned social worker meets a homeless “Santa Claus”. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Dec. 6, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas
Coda by Sharon Mathis

Coda by Sharon Mathis

A tale of two star-crossed lovers and the families keeping them apart… in the retirement home. Directed by Robert Drake and Fracena Byrd, opens Feb. 7, 2020

The Roommate by Jen Silverman

A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life and what happens when the wheels come off. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens March 19, 2020

The Roommate by Jen Silverman
Nunsense

Nunsense by Dan Goggins

Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a musical comedy that is sure to be habit-forming! Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens April 24, 2020.

Tapas V

Academy’s annual festival of short plays, featuring a variety of playwrights, directors, and actors! Opens June 19, 2020

Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López

A first generation Mexican-American girl struggles to find her identity and honor her family. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens July 30, 2020.

Academy Theatre Presents Tapas IV: The Great Divide

Hapeville, Ga. –Academy Theatre proudly presents Tapas IV: The Great Divide. This is a play festival comprised of a collection of ten minute short plays based on the theme of divided relationships in their many forms, and nearly all are premieres! We’re featuring some of Georgia’s great creative talents for the festival include Fracena Byrd, Rob Raissle, and Zach Roe.

“Tapas is always a fun and challenging project,” says Fracena Byrd, “It’s a great way to bring new actors, directors, and playwrights into our community, and build new connections with old friends.”

The Great Divide lets playwrights address where we are today, in politics, personal relations, and many other ways,” says Robert Drake, Artistic Director. “Interestingly enough, talking about what divides us may bring us together! Many great artistic talents have been brought together to put this work on stage! I am so eager for people to see this show and revel in the great work that’s being done!’

These shows contain adult themes and language.

  • What: Tapas IV: The Great Divide
  • 8pm shows: June 7, 8, 14, 21, 22
  • 3pm shows: June 9, 15, 16, 23
  • Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors and Students
  • Available at: http://tapas4.brownpapertikets.com
  • Rated: PG-15

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The Academy Theatre is supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville.  The City of Hapeville is the official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

Cab Calloway Comes to Life at Academy Theatre!

Hapeville, Ga. – The Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta present “Hi De Hi De Ho: Cab Calloway”, opening May 3rd! Rob Jerome will star in this show that brings the story and music of one of America’s most beloved jazz icons to the stage!

“Of all the entertainers that have affected my performance style, Cab Calloway is the most influential,” says Jones. “At 17 years old I was privileged to witness a concert performance of “Porgy and Bess”. Mr Calloway portrayed “Sportin’ Life”, the dope peddler. He is the only entertainer I’ve stood outside the stage door to ask for an autograph.”

Cab Calloway was an American jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader who regularly performed at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. He led one of America’s most popular big bands in the 1930’s and 40’s, and his performers included such famous performers as Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham,  and Milt Hinton. He popularized the energetic style known as “scat” singing, and he continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86.

Brenda Porter of Impact Theatre Atlanta is directing, and Kima Whipple-Jackson and Denzell Walker complete the cast. Porter has directed several shows on the Academy stage, including Yellowman, Nobody, and The Rooting Place trilogy.

“Jazz is one of the great American art forms and it’s struggling to find an audience,” says Robert Drake, Artistic Director of Academy Theatre. “By presenting this show with such a talented director and lead, Impact Theatre Atlanta and the Academy let people re-discover an American who helped create great American Music and set the bar for not just presenting a concert, but putting on the whole show!”

This show is rated PG-13. Audience discretion is advised.

  • What: ‘Hi De Hi De Ho: Cab Calloway’ by Larry Parr
  • Where: 599 N. Central Ave Hapeville, GA
  • When:
    • 8pm: May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
    • 3pm: May 5, 12, 18, 19
  • How Much: $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

Academy Theatre presents Agnes of God!

Brenda Porter, Lynna Schmidt, and Sarah Craig star in Agnes of God at Academy Theatre

Hapeville, GA. – Academy Theatre’s leading ladies Fracena Byrd, Brenda Porter, and Lynna Schmidt are teaming up to bring a powerful story to the stage! With Fracena Byrd in the director’s chair, Porter and Schmidt are taking to the stage, joined by Sarah Craig!

Agnes (Sarah Craig), a young nun, has given birth in a convent. Agnes claims no memory or knowledge of the event. Her mother superior, Mother Miriam Ruth (Lynna Schmidt), insists that Agnes does not understand what happened. Dr. Martha Livingstone (Brenda Porter), the court-appointed psychiatrist, wants to discover the truth of the matter hidden behind Agnes’s veiled and cloistered mind. A psychological war ensues between Dr. Livingstone and Mother Miriam Ruth over Agnes’s mental and spiritual health, and the play becomes a collection of contrasts between science and religion, between the temporal and spiritual, and between facts and faith.

“There is an intense human longing to believe in something more than ourselves,” says director Fracena Byrd. “C.S. Lewis wrote of a God-shaped hole in the human heart. This play puts a magnifying glass on that longing. At the same time, it looks at how we can be led astray by even the best of intentions.” Fracena has been onstage under Brenda Porter’s direction in Yellowman, with Lynna Schmidt in Steel Magnolias and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, and she has also directed for Academy’s Tapas festival of short plays.

Academy Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Drake adds, “Ms. Porter and Ms. Schmidt are both terrific actresses, but together their explosive! Under Ms. Byrd’s most sincere and expert direction, the audience is in for a barn burner of a show!”

The late actress Anne Bancroft played the Mother Superior in the 1985 film version. “I would like people who believe in God to think again, Bancroft said. “And people who don’t believe in God to think again.”

This show is rated PG-16, and not suitable for young audiences due to some adult content.

  • What: Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
  • Who: The Academy Theatre, directed by Fracena Byrd, starring Sarah Craig, Brenda Porter, Lynna Schmidt
  • Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga. 30354
  • When:
    • 8pm shows: 10/5, 10/6, 10/12, 10/13, 10/19.
    • 3pm shows: 10/7, 10/13, 10/14, 10/20, 10/21
  • Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 at http://agnesofgod.bpt.me

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

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The Academy Theatre is supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville.  The City of Hapeville is the official sponsor of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

Photo:. Credit: Alison Ramsay