This week, the Macon Civic Club will be presenting its 52nd annual musical revue, Rolling on the River, amid much excitement.
It will be a lot of singing and dancing and comedy, said George Greer, who serves as chairman of the program. My wife, Anna, and I have been working on the theme for several months and we feel like the (Ocmulgee Heritage Trail) and the things going on downtown have been big improvements in Macon. We wanted to support the river walk as part of our charities this year. ... Once wed picked that, we came up with a theme that would reflect what we were supporting. Also, like always, we will have a spectacular set, colorful and amazing costumes and a live orchestra.
Last year, the Macon Civic Club gave money to 39 different charities.
We have featured charities, but we are not limited to giving only to those charities, Greer said. Last year, we were able to give $191,000 to a broad group of charities. We are hoping that if people will come out again this year, we will be able to do that again, only more so.
The main thing is that we try to support a broad group of charities. The river walk is a nonprofit that we think everyone in the community can benefit from, but a lot of others have to do with childhood diseases or adult diseases. We are also trying to support the arts, like Theatre Macon, this year. Basically, we want to support the organizations that support the community.
For this particular event, the variety of music is a big part of the fun of the show.
This is musical and comedy show offered by local talent. The music is really a blend. We have an audience with broad tastes and we are trying to address that, he said. We are featuring Moon River, Dream A Little Dream and some older classics. But we are also doing some Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers and the Beatles. And just to keep everyone on an even keel, we are doing a song by the Osmonds. And, of course, we have a mix of country, rock, pop and show tunes. Even though we no longer do exclusively show tunes, our audience still expects some of it and its a lot of fun.
Before the Feb. 1 performance, there will be a gala at 6:10 p.m. in front of the Grand Opera House.
The city is kind enough to let us close down the street out front before the show. Every other night, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Its always fun, too, Greer said.
The funds raised from the Wednesday evening show will benefit Theatre Macon and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Thursdays show will benefit the Heart of Georgia DDM and Bos Camp, a project of the Childrens Hospital of Middle Georgia.
The Middle Georgia Heart Association and Jays Hope will receive the proceeds from the gala and show Feb. 1, and the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail/Middle Georgia Riverwalk and the Andy Anderson Institute will get the proceeds from the Feb. 2 performance.
Rolling on the River
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Feb. 2
Where: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
Cost: Tickets are $18 for Wednesday; $20 for Thursday; $40 for Feb. 1 (includes pre-show cocktail party); and $20 for Feb. 2.
Information: 301-5470, www.thegrand.mercer.edu