Monday, March 31, 2008

Offshoot Embarks on Fourth Year of Touring Children’s Shows

Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions, the oldest professional theatre on the Southside, soon begins its tour of anew, company-developed play for children, Tales from Near and Far. After its April 24 debut at the Fayette Family YMCA in Fayetteville, the cast heads out to venues from Jackson to Lithonia to Carrollton. If past experience is any indication, the play will excite children about theatre and storytelling as the company performs for schools, libraries and camps.

The stories, often accompanied by original songs, originated all over the world. “This is an opportunity to stretch the audience’s horizons,” said Offshoot producing artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. “There’s lots of action, quirky characters, animals with human traits, and some humans with animal traits! The actors are having a great time, as is clear in their performances.”

Tales from Near and Far will be presented twice on April 24, at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. As seating at the YMCA Lodge is limited, early ticket purchase is recommended. Admission is $8, with a special $7 ticket for children, full-time students and senior citizens. Groups of 15 or more may take advantage of the $6 per ticket group rate, which must be arranged and paid in advance.

Tickets are on sale at the Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend Road, (770) 631-2520; the Fayette Family YMCA, 215 Huiet Road, (770) 719-9622; and online at

For additional information, group reservations, or inquiries about booking a show, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or

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