Children's theater and a variety of concerts will take center stage at Cherokee County arts venues this month.
November's arts calendar opens with a production of the Aesop's fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper" by the Cherokee Theatre Company.
Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays this weekend and next at the Canton Theatre in downtown Canton. Admission is $8.
The play tells the tale of the grasshopper that spends the summer playing while the ant prepares for winter. Becca Bowden directs a cast including Jonathan Bishop, Alissa Decoteau, Andrew Erath, Kayce Hill, Christina Liberatore, Julia Liberatore, Dylan Mason and Nikki Mooney.
The theater company also will perform at Woodstock's Main Street Sessions this month. The free monthly cultural arts program is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Dean's Store in downtown Woodstock.
Also opening on Friday is the Towne Lake Arts Center's children's show, "Anne of Green Gables." Performances of the play based on the classic novels by Lucy M. Montgomery are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this weekend and next. Admission is $9.
Since the story spans over five years, the youthful characters are played by multiple performers in the show directed by G. Lora Grooms.
Sharing the role of Anne are Lauren Debranski of Woodstock and Emma Dowdy of Marietta. Her best friend, Diana Barry, is played by Janet Miller of Woodstock and Victoria Hill of Canton, with Gilbert Blythe portrayed by Noah Amor of Woodstock and Danny Korff of Canton and Josie Pye played by Kaitlyn Jones and Carys Jeffrey of Woodstock.
Adult characters are played by Roni Alfieri of Canton, Andrea Debranski of Woodstock, Stephen Hardin of Woodstock, Christine Hill of Canton and Mrs. Grooms. Set artwork is by Natalie Banathy with costumes by Siobhan Brumbelow. Meg Harkins and Joanna Campagna are production assistants.
The Canton Opry returns to the Cherokee Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $7 for the night of local bluegrass including the Jotem Down Boys.
The band is made up of Jack Ball on banjo, Danny Bermel on fiddle, Bob Putnam on guitar, Bob Twyman on bass and Cliff Twyman on mandolin and fiddle. It also will open for Mountain Heart at the center at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18, with tickets now available for $20.
The Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University in November showcases the university's own talent. Admission to all of the shows is $5 unless otherwise noted.
The month's calendar at the center on the Waleska campus begins on Sunday with the university's concert choir at 3 p.m.
Conducted by Dr. Dennis McIntire, dean of the university's School of Music, the 60-singer choir will perform a fall concert with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson, Eric Whitacre and Mozart.
The university's jazz ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Mitchel Henson, performs its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Jazz classics from the 1930s to the present will be performed by the band that features saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocalists and, uniquely, flutes.
Susan Naylor, associate professor of music, will celebrate the bicentennial of Chopin's birth with a free concert of the composer's works at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14.
The piano concert will include two Nocturnes, two Waltzes, two Preludes, two Mazurkas, Intermezzo in Ab, Ballade No. 1 and Fantasie in F minor.
Music majors in the university's opera program at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, will present solo and duet scenes from operas and musicals. Selections are from favorites like "Don Giovanni," "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Die Fledermaus," "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," "Sweeney Todd" and others.
The university's wind ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Gregory, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The 60-member group is made up of students and community members who audition to play with the ensemble.
The university symphony orchestra, also under the direction of Gregory and made up of students and community members who audition, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.
The Academy Street Theatre Group will present its rendition of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" this month.
The popular comedy by Barbara Robinson retells the Christmas story through a Sunday school's production of a pageant.
Performances by the group made up of Cherokee County School District students are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19, at Sequoyah High School in Hickory Flat. Admission is $5.
The Arts Alliance of Georgia this month presents its annual "Holiday Feast of the Arts" show and sale.
The exhibit is open from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, at The Lodge at BridgeMill community at 10451 Bells Ferry Road in Canton. Admission is free.