GAINESVILLE, GA- In this academic year, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance or GTA will present its shows. Previously, shows got canceled in spring 2020 and changed into a virtual venue for 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Our students and our faculty and staff are thrilled to be back in person. And I'm elated," said Jayme McGhan, artistic director of GTA and head of theater at UNG.
GTA is a nationally acknowledged collaboration between Brenau University and the University of North Georgia. Using hands-on, individualized training when at the same time asserting ensemble as well as collaboration between programs.
McGhan also said that they did not know if or where parts of a performance were funny because no one was there to laugh. An audience helped actors tighten a performance and gave them the thrill of theater.
The marketing manager for GTA, Keri McClain said that online theater was not what they love about theater. They love being in the room because it felt different.
Meanwhile, theater enthusiasts, as well as GTA patrons, can buy tickets to each of the eight shows three weeks prior to the opening date.
McClain said that they were not selling season tickets, because they still did not know what might happen this year. They were being cautious about this season but very optimistic.
Furthermore, GTA will also administer extra cleaning for the performances as well as provide hand sanitizer in the lobby. Audiences were not required to wear masks, however, all patrons were encouraged to wear them, according to CDC guidelines.
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