Summer theater season will soon be upon us, and by the time July arrives, midstate stages will be jumping. Its just not summertime without a musical.
While comedies and musicals dominate the summer months, thanks to Warner Robins Little Theatre well have at least one solid gold American classic to bring gravitas to July. The WRLT production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie is set to run July 12-27, a bucket-list opportunity of the first magnitude.
But first, lets back up to June. Next weekend will see Disneys The Little Mermaid at Macon Little Theatre. This kids production is directed by Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss of the Academy of the Performing Arts, so its a perfect opportunity for parents to bring children to live theater without breaking the bank.
Also next weekend well see the Perry Players and the Fort Valley Arts Alliance teaming up for a dinner theater production of Laddy Sartins Catfish Moon at Fort Valleys Austin Theatre.
Come July, Macons stages really light up with Monty Pythons Spamalot (the title based on a line from the Holy Grail film) opening July 5 at Theatre Macon and Macon Little Theatres Hairspray coming July 12.
Forsyths Backlot Players Summer Youth Production of A Family Reunion to Die For will close out the month.
Those who are anxious to combine theater with a road trip may want to check out the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery or, much closer, the Atlanta Shakespeare Festival on Peachtree Street or the Georgia Shakespeare Festival at Oglethorpe University.
The Atlanta Shakespeare Festival is your best bet, as that company has four shows remaining this summer, all of which are by Shakespeare or are derivative in some way.
If you like to see a gritty show that just closed on Broadway last year, check out Seminar, an adult comedy that will appeal to anyone who ever wanted to be a writer.
For an experience with culinary arts, check out the International Taste of Soul at the Tubman African American Museum on June 23. For $25 you can sample comfort foods prepared by celebrity chefs and downtown restaurants, plus tour the museums latest exhibits. China, Egypt, Jamaica, Spain, Thailand and, of course, the American South will all be represented.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.