Theatre Arts Guild Opens "Candide" October 29

Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College’s Theatre Arts Guild presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” The fast-paced and funny musical/operetta is based on Voltaire’s controversial novella of the same name.

The play is directed by Sally J. Robertson with musical direction by Susan J. McEwen. Both are GPC Fine Arts associate professors.

The play centers on Candide, a naive youth schooled in the 18th-century philosophy of Optimism by his tutor, Pangloss (who doubles as tour guide for the audience in the form of Voltaire). The story moves through the years and more than two dozen locales with both witty humor and biting social commentary. Having set off on an epic journey to find his true love Cunegonde, Candide encounters the worst of all possible natural and man-made disasters, raising provocative questions about whether all really is for the best in this “best of all possible worlds.”

Appropriate for children ages 13 and above, the performance features a 21-member cast of community and college actors, and a full orchestra.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30; and 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 7, in the GPC Cole Auditorium Fine Arts Building, 555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.

The Friday, Oct. 29  performance will coincide with the GPC and DeKalb College theater reunion. Theater alumni, as well as anyone who has ever performed in or worked backstage on a TAG show, are invited to participate in a post-show reception and group photo.

Tickets are $20; one free with a GPC-ID. Discounts for seniors, children, and non-GPC students are available. Call 678-891-3572 for reservations.

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