Two plays open this week, with a concert next week and an exhibit open through next month.
The Elm Street Players, the new name for the Towne Lake Arts Center performers, will present the timely musical, “The Snow Queen,” based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays from this week through Jan. 29 at the Woodstock Community Auditorium in the former Woodstock Community Church downtown. All seats are $9.
Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms describes the play, which she adapted for the stage, as a “classic tale of good overcoming evil.”
“Many people note the similarity between the Snow Queen and Kay and the White Witch of Narnia and Edward,’ she said. “However, Andersen’s story was written long before C.S. Lewis’s.”
Matthew Luce of Canton is directing the show as his high school senior project.
“I’m really grateful for this opportunity to direct my first play and excited to have such a wonderful and talented cast,” Matthew said.
Cast members include Chiannon Harvey, 14, daughter of Karen and Byron Harvey of Marietta; Michelle Kellogg of Woodstock; Amber Silva of Woodstock; Cole Spivia, 17 daughter of Dianne Strickland and Ed Spivia of Canton; and Tyler Webster, 14, son of Judi and Randy Webster of Canton. The crew includes Siobhan Brumbelow and Jim and Cindy Flanders.
This week, the Cherokee Theatre Company will open its production of “Some Enchanted Evening,” a revue of songs from Broadway musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays from this week through Jan. 30 at the Canton Theatre in downtown Canton. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
Cast members include Kacy Bishop of Ball Ground, Brian Brooks of Atlanta, Andy Dahn of Marietta, Benji Diamos of Cumming, Dana Hammett of Kennesaw, Marilyn Lambert of Canton, Nikki Mooney of Canton and Angela Rupp of Canton.
The award-winning Calefax reed quintet of Amsterdam will perform on Monday at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the venue on the university’s campus in Waleska. Tickets are $30 for adults and $24 for seniors 55 and older and students 12 and younger.
“The five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation: from early music to classical and jazz to world premières; in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new,” center Director Ric Sanchez said.