Alliance Theatre adds additional guests to its “Under the Tent” Series

The Alliance Theatre today announced three additional guest artists as part of its previously announced Under the Tent series.  In addition to its concert performances of WORKING: THE MUSICALBEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD and SONGS TO GROW ON, the Alliance will provide its tent for performances by Tyrone Jackson & Friends, Sister Omelika, and The TINY Theater Company

A frequent performer on Alliance stages, Tyrone Jackson will bring his favorite musicians and singers to perform jazz, blues, and ballads in An Atlanta Jazz Revival.  The skyline will be the backdrop for old classics, standard songs, and modern twists performed by some of Atlanta’s best musicians.  Dancer and choreographer Sister Omelika will present Soaring High, an uplifting multidisciplinary performance piece featuring drumming, dancing, singing and poetry.  And The TINY Theatre will present an adaptation of Hamlet using elements of Black culture, music, rhythm, and call and response to tell this classical story reimagined.

As part of its ongoing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion the Alliance has pledged to open its rehearsal rooms and spaces for free to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) organizations for meeting spaces, rehearsals, presentations, and productions. 

“We at the Alliance are so excited to be presenting the work of Tyrone Jackson, Sister Omelika and The TINY Theatre Co as part of our “Under the Tent Series.” We are committed to contributing to a more compassionate and inclusive society and to seeking opportunities of meaningful connections with local Artists and Art Organizations of Color,” said BOLD Artistic Director Fellow, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden.  “As we celebrate our return to gathering and telling stories, we could not do this without sharing the stage with a mix of Atlanta’s established and emerging Black artists. Internationally recognized, Tyrone Jackson captures the music of our soul through his Jazz artistry steeped in Southern culture. Sister Omelika’s soulful poetry and rhythmic drumming will have you coming back for affirmation and healing.  And The TINY Theatre Co will remind us all the power of grit and joyful pursuit of interpreting the various spheres of Blackness, within the arts and society.”

The Under the Tent series will utilize enhanced COVID safety procedures including open-air performances, socially distanced seating in two- and four-person pods, contactless entry, and required use of face masks.  Visit our FAQs for additional details.

Tickets for the “Under the Tent” series will be available now.  Information is available at www.alliancetheatre.org/season.    

UNDER THE TENT SERIES

WORKING: A MUSICAL

April 22 – June 6, 2021

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 

From the book by Studs Terkel 

Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso 

With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg 

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor 

Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Everyone should have something to be proud of.  WORKING: A MUSICAL explores what makes our work meaningful across all walks of life. Whether it be in an office, a restaurant, your home, or you’ve retired, this musical reminds us to celebrate not only what we do, but how we do it. With original songs by Lin-Manual Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, and more, the Alliance Theatre’s concert staging of WORKING will premiere as part of the “Under the Tent” series. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/working

BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD LIVE! 

April 8 – 18, 2021 

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 

Inspired by the Newbery Medal-winning book by Ashley Bryan 

Atlanta’s favorite feathered funk band is back!  Featuring original music composed by Eugene H. Russell IV and inspired by Ashley Bryan’s children’s book BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD, this family friendly concert will have you on your feet celebrating the uniqueness of each and every one of us.  Shake your tailfeathers and dance to the music! For tickets and info, visitwww.alliancetheatre.org/blackbird

SONGS TO GROW ON

May 6 – 16, 2021

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 

A Woody Guthrie concert for children! – A family friendly concert event featuring American folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s classic children’s songs.  Performed by Rob Lawhon and drawn primarily from Guthrie’s iconic album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child, this cycle of songs captures the whimsy, joy, and wonder of childhood in three chords & a whole lot of fun.  Join Woody and his dog Arlo as they serenade Atlanta families with songs that celebrate the human spirit.  For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/songs

TYRONE JACKSON & FRIENDS
AN ATLANTA JAZZ REVIVAL

April 7 & 8, 2021​

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 

Tyrone Jackson will bring his favorite musicians and singers to perform jazz, blues, and ballads.An Atlanta Jazz Revival is the theme and the skyline will be the backdrop for old classics, standard songs, and modern twists performed by some of Atlanta’s best musicians. The tent will be rockin’.  For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/tyronejackson

SISTER OMELIKA

SOARING HIGH

April 10, 2021​

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 

Soaring High is a multifaceted story of Sister Omelika’s journey as an artist told through dance, spoken word, original music and songs accompanied by traditional African Drumming. Through her uplifting, honest narrative she will be sharing experiences of resilience, rich history, and the vibrancy of Black culture.​ For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/sisteromelika.

THE TINY THEATER COMPANY

HAMLET

April 15 – 17, 2021​

Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

This adaptation of Hamlet uses elements of Black Culture, Music, Rhythm, and Call and Response, to tell this classical story reimagined. Hamlet tells the story of a young prince, whose father’s death has uprooted the castle. We follow Ham and best friends Horatio and Marcellus, as they get to the bottom of the mysterious happenings at the castle. Hamlet is a story of revenge and resistance; told in a way you’ve never seen before. ​For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/tinytheaterco

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