Its going to be a fine summer for theater whatever your age or tastes.
For adults, this weekend will bring two performances of From the Lions Mouth by local playwright Tim Lee (also known as Winshpere Jones). Lee, who first came to my attention back when a previous owner of the Macon Mall provided space for local arts groups, has since become the Douglass Theatres artist-in-residence. Its a great idea, since the Broadway Arts Alliance, the original saviors of the Douglass, envisioned that historic theater would provide a home for local groups.
For the younger set, the Missoula Childrens Theatre is presenting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Hawkinsvilles historic Opera House on Saturday evening.
For kids who yearn to perform on stage, Macon Little Kids Main Camp (ages 9 and older) begins Monday and culminates in three performances of Disneys Little Mermaid on June 21-23. Also Monday is the beginning of Session II of the Perry Players camp for kids.
While Sunday is a Second Sunday (so well see a 6-8 p.m. concert in Washington Park, plus three screenings of No by the Macon Film Guild), tonight is also a First Friday, with the Macon Arts Alliance hosting its first all-printmaker show. Also tonight, the Middle Georgia Art Association is collaborating with The Medical Center of Central Georgia for the opening of Celebrate Art ... Celebrate Life.
The Mercer University theater program is big in the news lately. It was just a couple of weeks ago that the group announced its new home on College Street. Now -- while its rare to hear of a college season this soon -- comes the news of the 2013-2014 schedule for the groups new home.
Just about every college student has heard that the French playwright Moliere is one of the great dramatists of all time, but how often do we get to see his work on stage? The happy news is that the MU season will open with Tartuffe, a comic tale of hypocrisy so powerful that it was once banned.
This 17th century classic will be followed by Love Kills (by Russian-French novelist and former Macon resident Vladimir Volkoff), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (by Tom Stoppard) and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (by Steve Martin).
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.