Rock, Gospel concerts, ‘Cinderella’ among upcoming shows in Paulding

Night Ranger, of ‘Sister Christian’ fame, is set to perform May 27 at Veterans Park in Dallas.

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Rock and gospel concerts, two high school musicals and some outdoor music festivals are among upcoming events planned in and near Paulding County.

Some events include:


Paulding County High School’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is set for Thursday, April 19, to Sunday, April 22, at the school in Dallas.

The production is the 2013 Broadway revival version of the musical, which introduced new characters, songs and storyline to the classic story.

Performances are at 7 p.m., April 19 to 21; and 3 p.m. on April 22.

Tickets are $8 at the door. For group tickets, email

Paulding County High School is at 1297 Villa Rica Hwy., also known as Ga. Hwy. 61.

For more information, visit


Hiram High School will present its production of “The Wiz” Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

According to information from the school, “When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her dog from a storm, she’s miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she’s joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.”

Hiram High School is at 702 Virgie Ballentine Drive in Hiram.

For more information, call 770-443-1182 or visit


The Out of the Darkness Community Ride to benefit Operation Not Forgotten and Vet Life Communities is set for Saturday, April 21, at Hooters restaurant in Hiram.

Operation Not Forgotten is a nonprofit which seeks to help area veterans with PTSD and other issues.

Registration will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m., with kickstands up at noon. The ride will end at American Legion Post 111 from 1 to 4 p.m. Raffles, Happy Hawg barbecue, vendors, music and more will be featured.

For more information, call 404-717-4348 or 404-725-8588.


Touch a Truck Day is set for Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park at the Watson Government Complex in Dallas.

The event will allow up close views of some of the different varieties of emergency vehicles and equipment used in Paulding County, including a police car, fire truck, DOT truck and more.

For more information, call Tena Eddy at 770-443-7540 or via email at


The Southern Gospel group Brian Free and Assurance will perform in concert Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Dallas Theater.

Free is a former member of Gold City Quartet who moved on to form his own group, which recently won awards from US Gospel News.

Tickets are $15 and $12.

The Dallas Theater is at 208 Main St. in Dallas. For more information, call 678-363-0813.


District 19 State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw, R-Hiram, is scheduled to give a recap of this year’s Georgia General Assembly session to the Paulding Business Association Thursday, April 26, at 8 a.m. at the Paulding Chamber of Commerce building.

Tickets are $12 and $15. The Paulding Chamber is at 455 Jimmy Campbell Parkway in Dallas.

For more information, visit


Atlanta-area favorite band Drivin ’N’ Cryin is set to headline the third annual Dallas CityFest Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 10 p.m. in downtown Dallas.

The city of Dallas is hosting the free event. It will feature three other bands, Reckless Dawn, Up All Nite and Bent Fender; as well as a farmer’s market, 5K run, concessions and food trucks.

Proceeds will benefit the Flight 242 Memorial group’s efforts to build a permanent memorial to victims of a 1977 jet airliner crash in Paulding County.


Georgia Classic Rides will host the 28th Annual Open Car Show and Swap Meet Saturday, April 28, at Paulding Meadows Park in Dallas.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. for the event, which will feature door prizes, entertainment, auto vendors, food and more. Registration closes at 1 p.m. and prizes will be given at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 678-873-3038 or visit


The final performance of the CAST production of “Lethal Lecture” by Craig Sodaro is set for Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at Olive Tree restaurant in Hiram.

The event includes dinner and the play, which is an “interactive murder mystery.” Tickets are $36.

Olive Tree is at 37 Beatty St. in downtown Hiram.

For more information, call 770-646-8031, email, or visit


The West Georgia Jazz Festival is set for Saturday, April 28, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Mill Amphitheater in Villa Rica.

Performers are set to include David Pippen and Martini Caliente, Southern Art Music Ensemble, The Serenata Band and The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans.

Admission is free. For more information, call 678-840-1160.


The 1980s hit-making band Night Ranger is set to perform May 27 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park amphitheater in Dallas.

The band’s numerous hits included “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” and “When You Close Your Eyes.” Its new studio album is titled “Don’t Let Up.”

Shyanne will open the show.

Advance tickets are $20 for ages 5 and up. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The amphitheater is at 240 Constitution Blvd., at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 278 and South Main Street, in Dallas.

For more information about tickets and the event, visit

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