The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, from the New American Shakespeare Tavern, will perform one night of Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night’s Dream at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the high school.
It will be the first professional theatre company to perform at the new center.
The group will present a show for the students Wednesday afternoon, and stick around for a community performance that evening, said Marietta High School Principal Leigh Colburn.
The Marietta Performing Arts Center opened in August 2013, and construction cost $9 million, partially funded by a $7 million bond approved by Marietta residents in February 2012, said Randy Weiner, chairman of Marietta City Schools.
The partnership between the theatre group and the high school is just one of many the school has developed with professional performance groups around the area.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Ballet have also performed at the Performing Arts Center this year, which have both been “very successful,” Colburn said.
She hopes the 750-seat auditorium will be sold out Wednesday night.
“Marietta is an arts-rich community, and it’s a rare opportunity,” she said.
Colburn wasn’t worried there would be a lack of interest in the show.
The community performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Tickets are $20 in advance, and can be purchased online at mpac.marietta-city.org/. Tickets will be available for $25 at the door.
Ticket holders can present their tickets at local restaurants including Dave Poe’s BBQ, Oyama Sushi, Hoboken Café and 3 Amigos to get up to 20 percent off of their meals, Colburn said.
If you go:
WHAT: Atlanta Shakespeare Company performs “A Midsummers Night’s Dream”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta