Its flood tide for summertime theater. There are currently three major shows running on local stages, and I urge you to see them all -- albeit for different reasons.
A Tennessee Williams classic, The Glass Menagerie, is running at Warner Robins Little Theatre through July 27, while Monty Pythons Spamalot closes Saturday at Theatre Macon, followed by Macon Little Theatres Hairspray on Sunday.
This is no time to sit at home. As our local theater groups have demonstrated repeatedly, some of the talent we see locally today will soon be seen nationally. Theres something in the water here.
Spread the wealth
Lets spread our wealth around. As regular readers of this space are keenly aware, our corner of the world is blessed with bountiful entertainment options. Whether its the various genres of popular music, classical music, theater, exotic films or displays of the visual arts, the midstate not only has a proud history but continues to excel in the present tense.
Samples of this abundance were displayed last month when the Macon Arts Alliance presented an Arts Advocacy Breakfast to show off these assets for various key officials and other opinion leaders. Already there is talk of a sequel.
I have hopes that the scope will grow to include a push for the arts to reach a greater demographic segment of the population.
This is not the Middle Ages: The arts are for everybody. I recently heard Atlanta Falcons player Justin Blalock, who also happens to play the tuba, talk about the role of music in keeping kids in school. The same could be said for theater and the other art forms.
Bringing more of the community into the arts tent will not only benefit the arts groups, it will benefit our entire education system and that, in turn, will benefit the entire community. Its a no-brainer.
In that same vein, note that the Bragg Jams kid-friendly Arts at the Park is coming up next weekend.
Dutch exhibition at the High
Atlantas High Museum is one of the stops on the world tour of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis. While the famed gallery in The Hague is being expanded, more than 30 of its 17th century works (including four paintings by Rembrandt) will be in Atlanta through Sept. 29.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.