Tonight is opening night for the only musical being put on Encore Productions at the Elbert Theatre for the 2012 season.
The musical is called the Cotton Patch Gospel, and is directed by Mike Fernandez. The show will feature a cast of over thirty actors and singers formed from local talent.
The musical tells the story of Jesus Christ, but according to Toni King, who is the Elbert Theatre Director, the story is told in a unique fashion.
“The only thing is it is told as if it takes place in Georgia. So, Jesus is born in Gainesville, Herod is the mayor of Atlanta, and there is all kinds of fun and kooky tunes to make it catchy, and make you tap your toes. It is really cool, there is no variation of the story, it is the same story, but it is just told with a southern accent in there.” said King.
The first performances take place over the course of tonight, tomorrow, and on Sunday. Show times for tonight and tomorrow are at 7:30pm, and on Sunday the performance will take place at 2:00pm. Tickets will only be available in advance at the Elbert Theatre Box Office located inside of Elberton City Hall or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
The cost per ticket is ten dollars in advance and fifteen dollars at the door one hour before the performance. Tickets for groups of ten and more and students are eight dollars.
The theatre will host a reception tonight before the show in the Elbert Theatre balcony. The reception has been sold out and will begin at 6:00pm, with the first performance of the Cotton Patch Gospel to follow at 7:30pm.
For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets for the show, please contact Toni King at the Elbert Theatre Box Office by calling (706) 283-1049.