Soak in some culture at Georgia’s regional theatres
The carefree days of summer are here. However, with it come the “I’m bored!” cries from your kids. Are you looking for a way to entertain your children and to spend time together as a family? Soak in some culture and have a blast at Georgia’s theatres this summer! Theatres around Georgia offer a wide variety of summer programs ranging from film screenings of cartoons, blockbuster hits and classic movies to productions of Shakespeare under the stars and Tony-winning musicals.
In Metro Atlanta, the Fox Theatre hosts its annual Coca-Cola Film Festival every Friday and Saturday during June and July. The Coca-Cola Film Festival is an opportunity for parents to see their favorite films on the big screen again and for kids to see them for the first time. The line-up includes a mix of old and new favorites such as Saturday Morning Cartoons, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 42, Finding Nemo and Breakfast at Tiffany’s to name a few. For live theatre, head to the Atlanta Lyric in Marietta to see the Tony Award-winning musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 7th-23rd).
In Lawrenceville, you can be a part of the action if you are feeling daring. Go on a ghost hunt! The Aurora Theatre offers weekend Ghost Tours in metro Atlanta’s oldest and spookiest city. It is sure to be a frighteningly good time. Headed outside of the metro area? Take the short trip to Athens, Georgia to spend a night with Shakespeare under the stars. Bring a picnic dinner and join Rose of Athens Theatre for The Tempest (June 12-16). The Tempest is this year’s Shakespeare on the Lawn production at Ashford Manor in Watkinsville. After stopping in Athens, continue your journey to the cool Northeast Georgia mountains. Sing along with The Sound of Music and bring your pirate eye patch for Treasure Island showing at the Cumming Playhouse in Cumming, Georgia during June and July.
If you want to beat the hot Georgia heat, make your way to the coast. Coastal Georgia offers more than beautiful beaches and Spanish moss-covered trees. The region also hosts several historic theatres such as the Historic Savannah Theatre and the Trustee Theater. Rock ‘n’ roll in the aisles at the Historic Savannah Theatre’s production of The Beat Goes On, a musical celebrating the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and 80s. Catch a flick at the Trustee Theatre’s SCAD Cinema Circle during June and July. The SCAD Cinema Circle will show Jaws, E.T., and more!
If you live in or are visiting the southern portion of Georgia, visit the Springer Opera House in Columbus to see Honk, Jr. the Musical (July 12-21). The Springer will also host the Crowley Classic Film Series screening classic films such as The Princess Bride, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Goonies, and more during June and July. Come early for trivia and prizes! Theatre Albany will produce the fast-paced musical Return to the Forbidden Planet (June 7-9 and 13-16) that borrows from Shakespeare and the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet. In Valdosta, the Peach State Summer Theatre, Georgia’s official musical theatre, will produce The Sound of Music, The Wonderettes and A Little Night Music in June and July
Silence the “I’m bored!” cries this summer with the best Georgia has to offer in live performance and film. Whether you are in the metro Atlanta area or outside the city, Georgia’s regional theatres offer countless opportunities to soak in some culture and to spend time with your family.
A Georgia native and UGA alumnae, Collins Goss is the summer communications intern for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Fine Arts in Arts Administration emphasizing in communications at The University of Alabama. Collins will graduate in December and hopes to return to the Peach State.