Theatrical Production Tells Early Garland History
SELL-OUT “BECOMING GARLAND AVENUE” RETURNS IN APRIL 2020
“Becoming Garland Avenue”, the historical musical drama that played to a sell-out audience last April at Plaza Theatre Downtown Garland, will be performed again in a revised version on April 18 and 19 at 3 p.m.
The play is set in 1913, 22 years after the side-by-side communities of Duck Creek and Embree united to be incorporated as Garland. It tells what happens when the city experiences growing pains during a major residential expansion of that era. A crusading newspaper editor plays a major role in the outcome. A church split that found congregants at odds with each other adds a touch of intrigue.
The play features 10 original songs and an original script that have their roots in actual Garland events that happened in December 1912 and January 1913.
Almost all of the 32 original cast members from 2019 and almost every one of the crew members have signed back on for the 2020 community theater performance.
As a “revival”, the play will feature two new original songs, including a children’s chorus, six new characters, modified scenery, and a refreshed script that sheds even more light on this particular period in early Garland history. It will acquaint citizens with additional characters that were a part of the city’s early leadership.
Tickets are on sale for $18 for earlybird tickets. After that the fee increases to $20 each. Student tickets are $10. Group discounts are available. The Plaza seats 350 patrons. At last year’s showing tickets sold out two weeks early.
It is sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Garland’s Historic Magic 11th Street and is partially funded by a grant from the Garland Cultural Arts Commission.
For tickets visit the Granville Arts Center in person, call 972-205-2780, or go online at www.garlandartsboxoffice.com