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7 Stages announces 2013-14 season

7 Stages announces 2013-14 season

ATLANTA -- 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points has announced the lineup for its 35th season, which begins in September.

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The new season will feature some unique productions, including a larger-than-life adaptation of a young adult adventure novel, and a collaboration with Kennesaw State University to bring a classic war story to life.

The Navigator
A 7 Stages Original Production
Sept. 27 through Oct. 13

KSU dance department expands

KSU dance department expands

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The brand new Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University recently underwent its first expansion.

The new facilities include two studios, a classroom, a student lounge, faculty offices, costume and scene shops, and a storage area. The studios are equipped with state-of-the-art sprung floors and audio-visual equipment.

"It is exciting to now have facilities that will support our success and growth and provide a home for the department," Ivan Pulinkala, chair and founding director of the department, said in a statement. "(The Department of Dance) is now the largest dance program in Georgia and it has become a highly selective, high-demand program, with over 100 majors auditioning every year for approximately 25 available slots."

Now that the new facilities are ready, the department plans to add a master's degree program and seek accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Ga. Shakespeare partners with 3 universities

Ga. Shakespeare partners with 3 universities

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Georgia Shakespeare, the Oglethorpe University-based theater group, recently announced a partnership with three other north Georgia schools.

The new alliance includes Kennesaw State University and the two schools that make up the Gainesville Theatre Alliance -- Brenau University and the University of North Georgia.

"In 2012, we took a hard look at our operating model and decided that, in order to become truly sustainable, we needed to capitalize on our unique strengths," Georgia Shakespeare managing director Lauren Morris said in a statement.

Georgia Shakespeare will use the new partnership to play up those strengths, including bringing classic stories to life in a modern, relatable way. The newly added universities will also help the company increase ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, and allow budding performers at the schools to explore the inner workings of a professional theater company.

Senior Idol brings music, comedy, dance to Cobb County

Senior Idol brings music, comedy, dance to Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- For the ninth time, Cobb Senior Idol is being held for all residents in Cobb County. 

On Tuesday, May 7, at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater, there will be an afternoon of entertainment, including music, comedy and dancing, as contestants compete to become the 2013 Cobb Senior Idol. The top five will be chosen by a panel of judges, and the winner will be decided by audience members.

Tickets are $5, available at local senior centers or at the door. 

Anyone interested in performing should call (770) 528-1445 by the May 6 deadline. 

Local author's book gets nationwide release

Local author's book gets nationwide release

CUMMING, Ga. -- Children's author Leigh Ann Linn's latest book, Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels, will hit bookstore shelves nationwide this week.

The book teaches children how to rhyme words and have fun while reading. It is also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Linn's publisher, Tate Publishing and Enterprises.

Linn grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kennesaw State University. She lives in Cumming with her husband and their two daughters.

A Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels book signing will be held Saturday, Apr. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catch Air, which is located at 10950 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

RELATED | Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State

This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to take KSU stage

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to take KSU stage

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Artist Phillip Phillips will be live in concert at KSU Stadium on Sunday, March 24.

Phillip Phillips won the American Idol singing competition in its eleventh season, and released his debut singe "Home" that same year. The song was used as the theme song for the United States women's gymnastics team. 

Phillips released his first album in November 2012. 

Tickets to the show can be purchased through the KSU box office, (770) 794-7809, Showtime is set for 7:00 p.m.