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2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- The Christmas season will begin at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 23 with the theater company's 14th annual production of The Santaland Diaries.

Based on the essay by satirist David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries chronicles the life of Crumpet, a "rebel without a Clause" working as a Macy's Department Store Elf.

The Santaland Diaries runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. Tickets start at $25 each; showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly Madeline's Christmas is also back by popular demand in 2012. According to Horizon Theatre:

This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams! A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelman's delightful book.

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2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

ATLANTA -- The nominees for this year's Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

The Suzi Awards are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions. This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, which scored 18 nominations.

Aurora's world premiere production of Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale had 15 nominations -- the most of any play or musical. Second place went to Spring Awakening at Actor's Express with 10 nominations, while two shows tied for a third-place seven nominations -- Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Theatrical Outfit's Red.

'Dracula: The Rock Opera' coming to 7 Stages

'Dracula: The Rock Opera' coming to 7 Stages

ATLANTA -- Rock 'n' roll meets zombie gore when Dracula: The Rock Opera takes the stage at 7 Stages Theatre.

The musical extravaganza is the brainchild of composer Rob Thompson and Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse creator Shane Morton. It remains faithful to Bram Stoker's 1897 novel.

"While writing, I had a copy of Dracula beside me, and I would constantly refer to the parts I was writing about," Thompson said. "I pulled everything out of the book and did not add anything new, like a love story."

The music itself has a gritty, underground feel, perfect for a Little 5 Points audience. 7 Stages describes it as "inspired by groups like Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple, with a splash of Jesus Christ Superstar for that theatrical flare."

Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

BOSTON -- A talented young singer from Atlanta is one of 16 aspiring musicians nationwide to win a full ride to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Robert Gould, who trains at the Little 5 Points Music Center, will head to Berklee to begin his studies this fall.

Recipients of the honor, the City Music College Scholarship, are musicians who have been accepted to Berklee and completed the school's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The school's City Music program brings music education to children in underserved communities across the United States.

"Every year, for the last 20 years, I am blown away by the power of music," J. Curtis Warner Jr., executive director of Berklee City Music, said in a statement. "When these (scholarship recipients) develop their talents and skills in music, you can see their confidence grow too, and with that, the potential for success is just limitless."