‘Forever Plaid’ opening at the Historic Holly Theater

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​What happens when a 1960s singing group never makes it to their first major performance because the car they were in was struck by a bus of Catholic school girls who were on their way to see the Beatles make their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show?

Forever Plaid takes you on a journey to answer just that! Bringing back popular “Golden Oldies” such as “Three Coins In A Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Heart and Soul.” The Plaids attempt to finally move on through to the afterlife, which cannot happen until they finally do what they were put on Earth to do: sing in harmony!

The gala opening will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. Friday, 15. Shows run Feb. 16-17, Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. The show is ​rated PG.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.hollytheater.com/forever-plaid.html: Adults $25, Students & Military $15.


Gainesville Rugby Club’s first game of the season

Gainesville Rugby Club crestCome watch the Gainesville Spartans — your local rugby club — play the first game of their season at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 2, and cheer them to victory over Columbus!

The match will be on the lower track field at the North Hall Community Center, located at 4175 Nopone Road in Gainesville. Never watched a rugby match before? You won’t be alone! Rugby combines the gripping physicality of American football, the nonstop, fast-paced action of soccer and the short shorts of 1970s basketball (you know the ones). While it’s a thrilling sport to watch, it may be just as entertaining theorizing how the game works, what the rules might be, and how to know whether or not your team is doing well (and sharing these theories with other spectators).

So bring a folding chair (and a blanket) to the track field of the North Hall Community Center this Saturday and cheer on your Spartans!

Rugby anyone?

What’s the difference between a scrum-down and a line-out? What about “kicking to touch” vs “kicking a grubber”? You’ve heard of a quarterback, but what is a halfback or fullback? Where does the term “touchdown” come from? When does a hooker need props and locks?

For the answers to these questions and more, join the men’s Gainesville Rugby Football Club for their start-of-season interest meeting at 6:30 PM, Thursday Sept. 13 at Left Nut Brewery in Gainesville. Feel free to attend whether you’re already interested in playing, you’re looking for a fun and competitive way to get or stay in shape, or you just want to learn more about this adrenaline-filled sport – no prior experience is required!

Contact Drew Ferguson at ude.uanerb@1nosugrefd for more details.

Brenau students, alumni and staff featured in community theater production

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The Historic Holly Theater in Dahlonega will perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” next month and will feature several Brenau community members, including the show’s choreographer and alumna of Brenau’s Dance Department Laurin Trudeau Dunleavy; stage manager and GTA veteran Sean Newman; acting majors sophomore Olivia Eafano and junior Darian Payne; Director of Assessment Drew Ferguson; and GTA veterans Ryan Krygier, Asa Stephens and Austin Sweatman.

While the show features classic Disney music, the plot follows closer to the original Victor Hugo novel and should be considered “PG.” Performances run Aug. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets available at www.hollytheater.com – come out and support local theater and these members of the Brenau Community!

“These people have done a whiz-bang job of breathing new life into a timeless story, and the music will knock your socks off! Bring extra socks to the theater.”
-Victor Hugo* (decd)

“From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.”

*Not an actual quote, more a paraphrasing of what the author might have said. Well, but in French.