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Family Musical Coming to The Grand Opera House
March 16, 2004


(MACON)—Ferdinand the Bull, a family musical from the Alliance Children's Theater in Atlanta, will be presented Saturday, March 20, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Tickets are $12/$6 for students and can be purchased by contacting Mercer Ticket Sales at 478-301-5470 or visiting The Grand Opera House Web site at
Director Rosemary Newcott, The Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, heads Ferdinand the Bull's accomplished artistic team.  She has been directing, acting and teaching at the Alliance Theatre since 1988. Favorite Alliance Children's Theatre directing credits include The Music Lesson, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Pinocchio 3.5, Androcles and the Lion, The Hobbit, The Book of Ruth, A Woman Called Truth, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Charlotte's Web.
A recent recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Award, Newcott was named PBA Lexus Leader of the Arts and Best Director by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the 2001-2002 season
Ferdinand the Bull has a cast featuring several Alliance Theatre regulars as well as a few new faces. Bart Hansard returns to the Alliance Children's Theatre in the role of Ferdinand.  He has also appeared in Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, James and the Giant Peach, and Tales of a Fourth Grade-Nothing.  Bart can also be seen in the film The Adventures of Ociee Nash.
Ferdinand is a gentle bull who is hoodwinked into a bullfight, but he would rather live a peaceful life in the Spanish countryside.  In this beloved tale of friendship and kindness, audiences learn just how important it is to take time to stop and smell the flowers. With singing, dancing and a Spanish flair, this new musical based on the classic book by Munro Leaf has everyone shouting ole!