Aside from holiday light displays, ice skating and Santa meet and greets, many Atlantans also consider watching classic holiday performances a tradition. While The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are a must-see, there are also many theaters around town that put some flare on holiday entertainment. On today’s Around Atlanta episode, Ryan Oliveti, Marketing Director for Horizon Theatre describes how the art of storytelling comes alive through the cutting-edge, non-stereotypical holiday performances at Horizon.
Oliveti has served as the Associate Artistic Director of Serenbe Playhouse for five years before moving to his new home – Horizon Theatre. In addition, he is a director around Atlanta; directing some of the most popular shows such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden. “A director is the person that comes into the room with a big picture and a vision of where they want the show to go and then a team helps make that vision possible,” explains Oliveti.
Performances at Horizon are all contemporary and themed around subject matters with which the community will connect. Currently, there are two holiday production running through the end of December at Horizon Theatre. The brand-new Waffle Palace Christmas is a world premiere sequel to the original popular play, The Waffle Palace, famously inspired by real- life event at Waffle House restaurants. Waffle Palace Christmas picks up with the vintage Waffle Palace now thriving in the middle of a new modern city multi-use complex. Krampus, a legendary holiday villain, appears over the restaurant to sabotage the holiday spirit and challenge all in his path. Oliveti describes this show as a “fun escape from the stressful holiday season.”
The second production, the much- loved Madeline’s Christmas, returns for the 11th year at Horizon bringing to life the classic children’s tale. The highlight of the show is the cast of 24 local girls, all between the ages of eight and 12, who have the opportunity to let their talents shine. “We have people calling in July ready to buy tickets for this holiday performance,” states Oliveti. “The talent is phenomenal and the audience just loves this play.”
Horizon Theatre’s mission is to connect people, inspire hope and promote positive change through the stories of our times, and the theatre is able to do just that by educational programs, performing live professional shows and going out on the road with traveling performances. The theatre, at just 172 seats, is a historic school building that was converted into an intimate, professional theatre. The intimacy of the Horizon Theatre allows for seats that are up-close and personal to the stage, plus the theatre is known for letting the audience meet the cast after the show.
In 2019, the theatre has five new shows lined up, all of which Oliveti discusses in the podcast. For more details on the holiday shows and upcoming events, tune into the podcast with the link above. For more information regarding ticket purchasing, volunteer opportunities or other details, visit www.horizontheatre.com.
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