The Dancing Granny

The Dancing Granny

June 10 to July 16, 2017 | On the stage at Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, The Galloway School, and Spelman College
World Premiere
Part of the Add-on productions

Content is suitable for all audiences.
Kids under 5 are free.

The Dancing Granny is a world premiere for youth and families based on the beloved children’s book by 2017 Newbery Honor recipient Ashley Bryan. Kids and adults will be tapping their feet all over Atlanta as Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. But his plan backfires when he is drawn into the dance himself! This world premiere play with music is written by Alliance/Kendeda Competition alumnus Jiréh Breon Holder (Too Heavy for Your Pocket) and directed by Alliance Yale Directing Fellow Leora Morris. Presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, The Dancing Granny is dancing to three convenient locations around Atlanta.  


Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University // June 10–18, 2017
The Galloway School // June 24–July 2, 2017
Spelman College // July 8–16, 2017


Sponsored by:
Carter's Charitable Foundation


“We are thrilled to host the Alliance Theatre's production of The Dancing Granny at The Galloway School where we, like the characters in the show, also believe in shaking things up in the arts.  We love Ashley Bryan's work that authentically combines multiple art forms and educates and delights audiences in the process.  It is our hope that through this performance, audiences will connect with the painter, poet, musician, storyteller, and dancer hidden within.” —Peggy Benkeser; Director of the Arts, The Galloway School 

“We are very excited about our growing partnership with the Alliance. This will be a great opportunity for Alliance Theatre goers to experience the richness and beauty of Spelman’s campus. We are so thrilled to open our doors and become a home away from home to present the world premiere of Ashley Bryan’s The Dancing Granny.” —Aku Kadogo; Chair, Department of Theatre and Performance at Spelman College

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Cast & Crew


  • Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician
    Akumba is thrilled to make his Alliance Stage debut! Currently a percussion instructor at Kilombo Academic & Cultural Institute and accompanist for West African... read more »
  • Dancing Granny/Musician
    Ameenah began her career as a performer with the original American cast of Stomp. She has since worked as an actor on stage, television and film, including... read more »
  • Wind/Musician
    Chani is so excited to make her Alliance Family Series debut! She is a proud Vocal Performance/Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business alumna of Kennesaw... read more »
  • Earth/Musician
    Originally from Orlando, Breanna is a recent graduate from the University of Florida. During her years in Gainesville she has performed both on campus and throughout the... read more »
  • Old Man
    Eugene, a proud Atlanta native and Tennessee State University alumnus, excitedly returns to the Alliance having previously appeared in What I Learned in Paris,... read more »
  • Spider/Musician/ASM
    Benjamin is excited to be making his Alliance debut! Recent credits in Atlanta include Strait of Gibraltar, One and Only Ivan (Synchronicity Theatre), In the Heights,... read more »


  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years and has designed more than 90 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 23... read more »
  • Author
  • Stage Manager
    Liz is so happy to spend the holiday season with A Christmas Carol again this year. Other Alliance credits include: Ugly Lies the Bone; Pancakes, Pancakes!; ... read more »
  • Costume Design
    This is Jeff’s 2nd season at the Alliance. In his 30 year career in regional theater he has designed costumes for over 75 productions. Of those shows, 50 have been... read more »
  • Puppet Design
    Carole is a puppeteer and fabricator for TV, film and stage. She is the Puppet Shop Manager at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Previous work: The Jim Henson... read more »
  • Playwright
    Jiréh is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre where his play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the winner of the 2016/17 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate... read more »
  • Choreographer
    Ameenah began her career as a performer with the original American cast of Stomp. She has since worked as an actor on stage, television and film, including... read more »
  • Set Design
    Recent work includes the world premieres of peerless (Yale Rep), Midsummer (Tiltyard), The Zero Scenario, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room and The Untitled Project... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Ken is the Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera, and Lighting Director of FIO Americas, Brazil. Alliance credits: Native... read more »


  • Director
    Leora is originally from Toronto, Canada and is currently the Yale Directing Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. Select directing credits include: Orphans (Coal Mine Theatre... read more »


  • Understudy for Earth/Wind/Musician
    Amanda is excited to be in her first Alliance Theatre production! Her most recent shows include West Side Story, Shrek and A Chorus Line (Atlanta... read more »
  • Understudy for Dancing Granny/Musician
    Kalah started her dance training at the age of 4 and although dance is Kalah’s first love, she also has a deep passion for the sciences. She pursued this... read more »
  • Understudy for Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician
    Otis is pleased to return to the Alliance Stage. He has previously performed in Once on This Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sophisticated Ladies and The Women of... read more »
  • Understudy for Spider/Old Man/Musician
    Christian is excited make his debut at the Alliance Theatre! Regional credits: James and the Giant Peach (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Ravished (Theater Emory), Christmas... read more »

Audience Feedback



We've officially hit summer here in Atlanta, and while temperatures are rising outside, we're staging the hottest dance party inside: The Dancing Granny. But with all there is to do this season, why should you grab the kids and come see the show?

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