Lots of theater available this weekend for local audiences

Tonight, the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone will welcome to its stage six young people competing for the same dream:  the dream to become a spelling bee champion. An instant hit when it landed on Broadway in 2005 and an eventual Tony Award winner, ”The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before on the Legacy stage.  The show boats a witty and hilarious score by veteran composer and lyricist William Finn as well as a unique and inventive script by Rachel Sheinkin that uses audience participation and improvisation.

Director Mark Smith warns that the show is rated PG-13 for some adult content.  Leave the kids at home for this one, and make plans to attend the Bee. 
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” runs April 15-May 1. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will be no matinee show on Easter Sunday, April 24. A 7 p.m. show has been added to May 1.  Reserve your tickets by calling 404-895-1473 or go online at www.thelegacytheatre.org.

The Twilight Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoyed an outstanding first weekend of performances by a talented cast of local people of all ages. The play follows four young lovers and their journey to finding true love. Along the way they encounter hilarious workers from the marketplace, a mischievous fairy named Puck and the Kings and Queens of fairyland and Athens, Greece. The cast brought this magically fun story to life, and they’ll do it three more times, so come enjoy a performance full of fun and fairy magic.

Remaining performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at the Fayetteville YMCA Black Box Theatre on April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and military. Ticket information and directions to the theater are available at www.TheTwilightTheatre.com.

Southside Theatre Guild in downtown Fairburn will inaugurate its Off-Broad Street Series with the hilarious off-Broadway musical-comedy hit “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” for two weekends, April 14 - 23.

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.

Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets $12 - $15. For more info, to purchase tickets, or to make your reservations, visit www.STGplays.com or call 770-969-0956.

McIntosh High School presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Apr. 15-17. Times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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