The City of Sugar Hill takes their slogan “The Sweet Life” seriously. From The Sounds of Summer Free Concert series to foodies gathering for Thursdays @ The Hill, to the new state of the art Splash Park, to nationally known acts like Kool & The Gang and Travis Tritt, there truly is something for everyone. Coming up October 15, the annual “Sugar Rush” festival returns to town, with a 5K race, car show, food trucks, music, and this year, a special offering from the city’s own theatre troupe, Players Guild@Sugar Hill. (PG@SH).
Guild president Ane Mulligan relishes the relationship that PG@SH enjoys with the city. “Mayor Steve Edwards talked to me for two years about Sugar Hill having its very own troupe. Finally, in 2014, it became a reality,” said Mulligan. “And what a blessing. Unlike so many community theatre troupes that struggle to find support, we’ve had it from the highest levels since Day 1. For Sugar Rush, the City approached us and asked the Guild to present a short, family-friendly show. We were more than happy to oblige. We’ve started small, but big things are coming. “
Big things indeed.
In June, the city broke ground on The Epicenter, a combination dining/retail/office facility that will include a sports gym and a full working theatre, the Epic Theatre.
“There’s a true depth of talent in Gwinnett’s Community Theatre scene,” notes Mulligan. “We are attracting of lot of interest, thanks to venues like The Bowl@Sugar Hill, and the upcoming Epic Theatre.”
One of the folks drawn to the Guild is Scott Piehler, the director for Paper or Plastic?, the Guild’s offering for Sugar Rush. You may have seen Scott as the Stage Manager/Lead Announcer in last fall’s Halloween themed radio play Scared To Death.
“I am thrilled to be directing for the Guild,” said Piehler. “Paper or Plastic? is a delightfully goofy, family friendly one-act comedy. It’s a short show, about 30 minutes, so there’s plenty of time to catch the show and enjoy all that Sugar Rush has to offer.”
Scott’s been busy in the Gwinnett theatre scene this year, directing High School Confidential for Live Arts Theatre in January, and acclaimed Our Town for New London in Snellville in April, and this summer he helmed Children of Eden for Live Arts, which finished its triumphant touring run at nearby Buford Presbyterian.
“I love Community Theatre,” says Piehler. “Gwinnett has an amazing amount of talent, and Paper or Plastic? is a funny bite-sized introduction to what the Guild has to offer. See you on October 15! Don’t forget to check the Guild’s website for the 2017 season, www.pgatsh.com.”
What: Paper or Plastic? One–act comedy
Where: Buice Auditorium 5010 West Broad St, Sugar Hill
When: October 15, 2016 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, Part of the annual “Sugar Rush” festivities.