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Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens
Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Pictures don't lie. Suwanee Town Center Park is full of green ogres, meddling kids, and lots of happy people.

The reason? The city of Suwanee, one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine, is hosting a free live performance of Shrek The Musical and “Shooby Doo”. The Suwanee performances mark the first amateur production of Shrek The Musical in Georgia.

“We always try to pick something that will appeal to audiences of all ages,” says Director Patty Etherton. “The writing for Shrek is so fresh and wonderful. I laughed out loud and smiled all the way through it.”

The 2013 show is the seventh Broadway in the Park performance produced by Suwanee Performing Arts. The production included about 75 mostly high school and middle school cast members, a stage crew of about a dozen, and volunteers. Cities that provide easy access to cultural and leisure amenities not only promote happiness but creates a feeling of connectedness among its residents. It was very refreshing to see so many individuals who don't know each other interacting, laughing and having casual conversations. 

Shrek The Musical and “Shooby Doo” served as the primary summer fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts, a non-profit "dedicated to enriching the community by bringing opportunities for participation in and appreciation of the performing arts."

Suwanee is a city with an unique combination of safe, friendly neighborhoods with excellent open spaces and environmental preservation, award-winning schools, and city amenities. Suwanee's urbanism strategies are big, bold and game changing. 

When it comes to its residents happiness and wellbeing Suwanee is one of those rare cities that actually values the opinions of their citizens, whatever they may be, and encourages citizens to be involved in a very hands-on way. Is this type of forward think that has made Suwanee one of the best places to live and raise children.

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