By Britton Buttrill and Collin Kelley

Atlanta’s arts organizations have an impressive line-up of upcoming events in March, April and May, so put a little spring in your step and don’t miss these shows.

Horizon Theatre
1083 Austin Ave.
(404) 584-7450,
www.horizontheatre.com
Two old flames meet up in a snowbound airport and rekindle their romance in Shooting Star, which is on stage until March 14. A woman traveling across America recording lost traditional songs encounters a woman in a Texas prison who is a font of musical knowledge in Black Pearl Sings, which runs March 26 to April 25. Coming up: True Love Lies, May 21 – June 20.

7 Stages
1105 Euclid Ave.
(404) 523-7647,
www.7stages.org
The spring 2010 season at 7 Stages opens with the premiere of The Annunciation … sort of: Mary says “No.,” Celeste Miller’s exploration in talk and dance of what might have happened had Mary said no the Immaculate Conception. The show runs March 25 – 28. Coming later in the season: The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet, April 3 – 25; In Search of Tonto Blue, May 6-9; and Mr. Universe, June 6 – 27.

Dad’s Garage
280 Elizabeth St.
(404) 523-3141,
www.dadsgarage.com
The schlock 1980s film Clash of the Titans gets a funny update in Clash Titan Clash, which is told with puppets. The show runs March 12 to April 3. Coming up: The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical, May 28 – June 19.

The Process Theatre
4311 Morgan Place Ct.
(404) 245-4205, www.theprocesstheatre.org

The Process Theatre presents Topher Payne’s retelling of Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter’s dysfunctional relationship in Christina Darling, which runs April 16 to May 8.

True Colors Theatre Company
659 Auburn Ave., Suite 257
(404) 588-0308, www.truecolorstheatre.org

Kenny Leon directs the multi-cultural version of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, running through March 21. Coming up: August Wilson’s Jitney, May 5-30.

Theatrical Outfit
84 Luckie St.
(404) 577-5257 or
www.theatricaloutfit.org
An ex-con stops a professor from committing suicide with surprising results in an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Sunset Limited, which runs March 17 to April 11. Coming up: Blues in the Night, April 28 – May 23.

Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
(404) 873-5811,
www.atlantaballet.com
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, March 25- 28, explores the journey of life with timeless music and dance. Coming up: Sheer Exhilaration, a showcase of new choreographers and styles, May 6 – 9.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-4900,
www.atlantasymphony.org
The ASO presents an evening with Gordon Lightfoot on March 5: a musical re-telling of Dr Seuss’s beloved Green Eggs & Ham on March 14; Verdi’s Requiem April 22-25; an evening of Broadway gems with Marvin Hamlisch April 30-May 1; and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony May 20-22.

The Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St.
(404) 873-3089,
www.puppet.org
Shows for the family and adults only make up the spring half of CPA’s season. For the family: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf (March 23 – April 11) and Paul Bunyan & the Tale Tale Medcine Show (March 30 – May 23). The season will close with the adults-only presentation of Xperimental Puppetry Theatre (XPT), May 13 -16.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-4444,
www.high.org
The High’s big spring offering is The Allure of the Automobile, 18 of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. This special exhibit runs March 21 – June 10.

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-4650 or
www.alliancetheatre.org
The Alliance’s 2009-10 season continues with Disney’s Mulan, which runs now through March 21. Coming up: The Last Cargo Cult, March 19-April 11; andLookingglass[ONE WORD?] Alice, a dance and acrobatic retelling of Alice in Wonderland, March 31-May 7.

Actor’s Express
887 West Marietta St.
(404) 875-1606,
www.actors-express.com
Actor’s Express’ next show, 100 Saints You Should Know, about a priest on a forced furlough who comes home to stay with his devout mother, opens March 18 and runs through April 17. Coming up: Slasher, May 20 – June 19.

The New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St.
404) 874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com

The Bard’s classic King Lear kicks off the spring shows, running from March 4 to April 4. The season finishes up with The Taming of the Shrew, April 8 – May 9.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.