Don’t Miss These Atlanta Performing Arts Shows in Unconventional Places

Horizon Theatre Company brings its Spring show "Freaky Friday" to Piedmont Park from June 20 to 23.
Horizon Theatre Company brings its Spring show “Freaky Friday” to Piedmont Park from June 20 to 23. Photo courtesy of Horizon Theatre Company.

Atlanta audiences can traditionally expect theater, dance and classical music shows to be indoor events, but several local organizations are mixing things up with their summer performances this year.

For these shows the artists are stepping out of the indoor mainstage theaters they are used to in order to bring audiences a unique outdoor experience.

A lake, an amphitheater and a public park are the settings for some of the creative entertainment available to Atlanta area audiences this summer.

Mark your calendars for these fun, untraditional outdoor performances!

Serenbe Playhouse: Peter Pan

When: May 31 through August 26, Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: The Mado Hideaway at Serenbe

Cost: $13 to $30

Get ready to sail to the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning and go on a magical adventure with the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan!  This show is rated G and family friendly for all ages. You can also purchase rain insurance so that in the event the show you have tickets to is moved indoors due to weather, you can see another show at no additional cost.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream runs June 13 through 23.
For Kennesaw Shakespeare’s inaugural show in mid-June, it is transforming the Kennesaw campus’ Legazy Gazebo Amphitheatre into an Elizabethan outdoor playhouse. Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University, College of the Arts.

Kennesaw Shakespeare: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

When: June 13-23, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: Kennesaw State University’s Legazy Gazebo Amphitheatre, Kennesaw Campus

Cost: $10 to $27

For Kennesaw Shakespeare‘s inaugural show, it is transforming the Kennesaw campus’ Legazy Gazebo Amphitheatre into an Elizabethan outdoor playhouse. The show itself is described by the group as one of Shakespeare’s happiest comedies. It features crossed loves, fairy spells and strange transformations. Arrive early for the introduction to the play at 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Piedmont Park

When: June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Piedmont Park

Cost: Free!

As a part of the ASO’s two-season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, this program includes Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Overture to Candide. The program also includes favorites by Tchaikovsky, including Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

Freaky Friday in Piedmont Park

When: June 20 through 23

Where: Piedmont Park

Cost: Free! to $200

Horizon Theatre Company brings its Spring show “Freaky Friday” from the indoor stage to one of Atlanta’s most popular parks for this event. Lawn seating is free; reserved seating is $15, and single seats at a table can be purchased for $35. You can also reserve a private table for six for $200.

Serenbe Playhouse: Titanic

When: July 11 through August 12, Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Where: The Inn Lake at Serenbe

Cost: $35 to $60

For this show Serenbe has an ensemble cast of 40 Playhouse favorites and Atlanta all-stars who will board a three-story structure representing the largest and fastest ship of its time: Titanic, constructed in the middle of a lake, which will be submerged nightly. This show is rated PG and recommended for ages 8 and up. As is the case with the group’s “Peter Pan” show earlier in the summer, rain insurance is available for purchase with your ticket.

Previous shows:

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre: The Vertical

When: May 25 through June 3, Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Where: Serenbe Community

Cost: $15 to $50

The extraordinary artists of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre return to the natural beauty of Serenbe where they will create an evening of virtuosic dance and luminous moments.

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