Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre announces its 2022-2023 schedule

A row of narrow storefronts along Marietta Square, directly across from Glover ParkRestaurants and shops along Marietta Square (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The Marietta-based Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (GMDT) announced its 2022-2023 schedule.

GMDT is housed in the Georgia Dance Conservatory on Marietta Square.

The GMDT website describes the mission of the organization as follows:

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre educates, cultivates, and inspires young dancers to become the next generation of artists and leaders through rigorous dance training and diverse performance opportunities. Through a commitment to excellence and integrity, GMDT strives to positively impact the community with engaging performances that celebrate life through the transcendent power of the arts.

Here is the schedule, reprinted verbatim from the City of Marietta website’s announcement of the event:


GMDT’s Imprint showcases the point of view of the next generation, a perspective that is only enhanced as the sophomores, juniors and seniors organize, direct, produce, choreograph, market, manage wardrobe, as well as dance in this original production. Voices of student and professional choreographers will shine through different styles of dance including, jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Dancing for all to see, this next generation of artists are making their mark, their Imprint.

Dates: Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7:30PM

Location: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta

Tickets: Tickets start at $20 and are available beginning August 22 at

Fall Showcase Production Team:

Directors: Gabriella Morris and Mary Peyton Tanner (juniors)

Production Manager: Reese Galat (senior)

Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Puckett (senior)

Marketing/Sales: Lauren Houchins (senior) and Rebekah Ives (sophomore)

Wardrobe: Paradise Hill (junior) and Betsy Raabe (sophomore)

Student Choreographers: Mary Kate Atkins (sophomore), Gabriella Morris (junior), Maggi Ongtingco (junior), Amber Ryan (sophomore), Mary Peyton Tanner (junior), Kathryn Tillis (senior)

Professional choreographers: Tori Hines, Gray Stoner, and Abbey Werner (all alumni of GMDT)

“Participating as choreographers, directors, and members of the production team offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our student dancers,” explained Ashleigh Whitworth, artistic director for GMDT. “It allows them to learn the production from the inside out, and they come away with stronger leadership and creative skills, as well as a thorough understanding of what it truly takes to put on a production. We see them grow in confidence, not just as dancers, but as part of the next generation of artists.”

The Nutcracker:

Visions of sugar plums, waltzing flowers and dancing snowflakes all come to life in this captivating classic, GMDT’s The Nutcracker. The show will once again feature the brilliant sets, costumes, and special effects that spark awe and wonder alongside Tchaïkovsky’s timeless music. GMDT’s The Nutcracker also welcomes back professional dancers D Patton White as Godfather Drosselmeyer and Raul Peinado as Sugar Plum Cavalier. Rehearsals begin in September for the cast that will perform in six shows the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Dates: Friday, November 25th at 2:00PM & 7:30PM; Saturday, November 26th at 2:00PM & 7:30PM; Sunday, November 27th at 1:00PM & 5:00PM

Location: The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta

Tickets: Tickets start at $20 and are available through

Peter Pan:

New to the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in spring 2023 is GMDT’s season capstone production of Peter Pan. With whimsical choreography, imaginative costumes, and even dancers ‘flying’ on stage, this action-packed, family-friendly ballet will be directed and staged by GMDT Associate Artistic Director Gray Stoner, and sure to be a memorable event that audiences will never (ever) forget.

Dates: Friday, March 24 at 7:30PM; Saturday, March 25 at 7:30PM; and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00PM

Location: The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta

Tickets: Tickets start at $20 and are available through

“I chose Peter Pan because the story brings out the inner child in all of us,” said Gray Stoner, associate artistic director for GMDT. “I want the audience to experience that magical feeling no matter their age, and I’m excited to bring this classic filled with so many wonderful characters to life.”

To see the complete announcement, follow this link to the City of Marietta website.

About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck-and-neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was 56,666 at the last estimate.

Here are a few fast facts from the Census Bureau

Marietta city, Georgia


Population, Census, April 1, 202060972
Population, Census, April 1, 201056579
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent6.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent21.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent13.2%
Female persons, percent49.9%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent53.4%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)32.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent4.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent46.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20202678
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202044.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$310,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,856
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$526
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,145
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-202024148
Persons per household, 2016-20202.39
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202077.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202023.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202086.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202088.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202044.0%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.3%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.2%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202061.2%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)264544
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1584232
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1129407
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1976915
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$33,875
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202028.5
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$59,594
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$36,112
Persons in poverty, percent14.1%
All firms, 201210501
Men-owned firms, 20124934
Women-owned firms, 20124186
Minority-owned firms, 20124286
Nonminority-owned firms, 20125502
Veteran-owned firms, 20121015
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20128663
Population per square mile, 20102451.4
Land area in square miles, 201023.08

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