While January will prove to be a rather lean month for theater, we can be thankful that the Youth Actors Company will bring us Robin Hood, beginning Saturday night at Theatre Macon (through Jan. 20).
Written and adapted for the stage by the well-known Scot and Kelly Mann, this show about the legendary foe of King John (yes, he of Shakespearean fame) is bound to delight.
Coming to the Music and the Arts series at Vineville Methodist Church on Jan. 20 is actor Brad Sherrill in Red Letter Jesus, a multimedia presentation based on the synoptic Gospels. It has previously been performed in such cities as Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta.
Speaking of Atlanta, the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern just opened a light-hearted production of Shakespeares The Tempest.
Still more music
I remarked last week that January is absolutely loaded with music. In fact, theres even more than I initially realized. Friday night, you may recall, is the Cortona Trio, featuring three faculty from Mercer Universitys Townsend School of Music and the McDuffie Center for Strings.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Warner Robins Community Concert Association will present soprano and Mercer graduate Melanie Cross Buckner joining forces with Oberlin Conservatory pianist and vocal coach Thomas Bandy.
This weekend also will see the Academy of Dance presenting Peter and the Wolf and London Calling (a tribute to British music) Saturday afternoon at Mount de Sales Zuver Center. Further ahead, we have the Mercer Operas production of Gilbert and Sullivans Iolanthe, scheduled for Thursday-Jan. 19. If it involves Martha Malone, you know its going to be fun.
Jan. 21 will bring the final event of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition. Headed up by Adrian Gnam, the finale will feature the 13 participating conductors in a 2 p.m. concert at Wesleyan Colleges Porter Auditorium. This years workshop is the 10th that Gnam has organized. Among other faculty is Wesleyans Nadine Whitney.
The 567 lecture
Atlanta photographer Ross Oscar Knight, whose Beauty in the Face of Destruction exhibit is currently at the 567 Center for Renewal on Cherry Street, will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, discussing his experiences in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and what he sees as the islands future hope.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com