Arts

Drama

Our award-winning drama program is second to none.

    • Sound of Music, performed November 2018

GAC's King’s Gate Theatre program develops and stretches our dramatic arts students, enhancing poise, presence, and vocal expertise -- critical training for every student whatever the ultimate career path. Our alumni work from coast to coast in all areas of the theatre -- from script writing to technical arts to performance in front of the footlights. 

Our program has won 18 state championships (Georgia High School Association and Georgia Theatre Conferences) and our student actors have repeatedly won the highly-respected Shuler Hensley Awards for High School Musical Theatre.

The Sara D. Williams Fine Arts Center holds the state-of-the art Clif Jones Theatre which seats an audience of 400. 

2019-20 King's Gate Theatre Season

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time

    “Curious” follows the story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers.
    When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to find the guilty party. His determination to solve the mystery sends him on a journey of discovery, one that has us rooting for him at every turn. GAC Theatre will take this sensitive and heart-warming play to the One-Act Competition. “Curious” is the winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony Awards®, including Best Play. 
     
    October 10, 11, 12 at 7:00 PM and October 13 at 1:30 PM
     
     
  • Guys and Dolls

    A Tony Award-winning musical and timeless film, Guys and Dolls boasts a variety of well-known tunes including, “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” “Adelaide’s Lament,” and “If I Were a Bell.” Gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and showgirls are in town and on stage. Yes, it’s Guys and Dolls – Broadway’s perfect musical comedy. Guys and Dolls tops Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Greatest Musicals of All Time, and for good reason: it’s everything we love in musical theatre—hilarious characters, great music, amazing dance numbers, and some good old-fashioned romance mixed in.  Join us for our final show of the season!
     
    November 13, 14 and 16 at 7:00 PM | November 16 at 1:30 PM

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame a truly unforgettable musical and an instant classic. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, has spent his life locked in a tower by his guardian, archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. Longing to be with other people, Quasimodo escapes to spend one day ‘out there,’ which leads to his chance encounter with the enchanting gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit though. The handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention and Frollo attempts to destroy the gypsies, powerful forces propel each of them toward their fate, be it malevolent, graceful, loving, or heroic.

    Inspired by Victor Hugo’s gothic novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, this version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was adapted for the stage by the creative team of Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Peter Parnell in 2014. GAC Theatre Department will compete with this amazing show in the annual Shuler Musical Theatre Competition. Come see them perform at GAC first!
     
    March 5, 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM | March 7 and 8 at 1:30 PM
  • Drama Showcases

    GAC Theatre students will present a collection of great show-tunes with stellar choreography and potentially selections for college auditions! This variety show features group performances that are inspired by and enacted by our students. Each class’s showcase will elevate their skills and demonstrate their unique artistic talents. Come to each show to see scenes from some of your favorite shows performed by our talented theatre students.

    Visions Showcase:  March 13 at 7:00 PM
    Drama 2 and Advanced Acting Showcase:   March 14 at 7:00 PM
    Drama 1 Showcase:   March 26 at 7:00 PM
  • One Act Festival

    Director, Kristy Winkes, will mentor 4 student directors in their direction of the first-ever GAC One-Act Festival. Come see the theatre students direct and perform some of the most poignant and powerful short plays centered around the idea of choices and consequences. This will be one of the most powerful performances in theatre this year.
     
    April 29, 30 at 7:00 PM


Previous Awards & Performances 

All videos were shot, edited, and created by student videographer and drama member, Mason Martin.

Awards

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  • One Act Competition

    2018-19 Champions: Georgia Theater Conference One-Act Competition 
    Recognized as 
    • Best Show
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Leading Actor
    • Two cast members named to All-Star Cast
  • Shuler Awards

    2019: Best Director, Kristy Winkes in Les Misérables
    2018: Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Parker Jennings as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady 
    2017: Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Parker Jennings as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street
    2016: Best Supporting Actress, Parker Jennings as Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins 

  • Shuler Nominations

    2019 Les Misérables earned 8 nominations
    • Best Director
    • Best Musical Director
    • Best Choreography
    • Best Lighting Design
    • Best Technical Execution
    • Best Overall Show
    • Best Leading Actor
    • Best Featured Actor
    • Honorable Mention—Leading Actress
    • Honorable Mention—Costuming

My Fair Lady, performed February 2018

The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank, performed September 2018

Contact

Director
770-243-2394
Sam Casey
Middle School Drama