Theatre Macon’s Summer Theatre Festival Brings Three Productions in July
Summertime in Macon is transforming into a season filled with varied, exciting artistic offerings of all genres. Theatre Macon is throwing their hat into the ring in 2016 with the first annual Summer Theatre Festival this July. The concept is to produce and present three different shows at three different venues; these shows will happen before the Macon Film Festival and Bragg Jam Community Festival & Concert Crawl – both of which come later in the month – thus creating a full arts experience for the Middle Georgia community.
The festival will kick off with Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical celebration of the life of legendary jazz great Fats Waller. This musical will open on July 1 and run through July 16, and all performances will take place at Theatre Macon, located at 438 Cherry Street in historic downtown Macon. Next up is the quirky, irreverent comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which will open on July 7 in the newly renovated performance space at Mercer University’s Tattnall Center for the Arts and will run through July 16. Finally, the festival will bring us 42nd Street, a classic, revered Broadway musical that operates as a celebration of Broadway itself. Funny, poignant, and uplifting, this thrillingly ambitious large-scale production will open at the beautiful Grand Opera House (located at 651 Mulberry Street) on July 8 and run through July 16.
Tickets to all Theatre Macon shows will be $25.00, Grand Opera House tickets will be $35.00, and tickets to performances held at Mercer will be $20.00. There will be a special combination ticket that grants access to all three shows available for $65.00. For more information, contact the Grand Opera House box office at (478) 301-5470 or visit theatremacon.com to learn more about the shows and purchase tickets online.
“We hope to make this Festival a regular part of our programming,” explained Theatre Macon’s artistic director Jim Crisp, “While we received a $50,000 grant from an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation to partially fund this year’s festival, we are looking for additional funding for the 2016 Festival.” Be sure to support local arts this summer in whatever way you are able, whether it be offering funding support or simply attending one or more of these fantastic shows.
July 1-16, Theatre Macon homestage
A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. The inimitable Thomas ”Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, Ain’t Misbehavin evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
42nd Street: The Musical
July 8-16, The Grand Opera House
This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows. It focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes us along her journey. Musical hits include You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, I Know Now, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and Forty-Second Street. Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged
July 7-16, Tattnall Square Center for the Arts
Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours. In this universally acclaimed theater experience, Adam Long (one of the troupe’s founding members), Reed Marin, and Austin Tichenor manage to compress the complete works of Shakespeare into about an hour and 40 minutes of high-speed over-the- top hilarity. Knowledge about Shakespeare’s works is helpful, but not at all necessary. All that is needed is time enough to watch and someone to dial 911 in case you pass out from laughing so much.