Fennelly: Theater and art on the calendar

November 15, 2013 

Macon’s two community theaters may be “dark” until after Thanksgiving, but that’s not going to keep us from enjoying some rather special times on stage for the remainder of November.

Just to the north in Forsyth, the Backlot Players are opening “Christmas Belles” this weekend, and the Milledgeville Players and Allied Arts are teaming up to present “Smoke on the Mountain,” one of the most popular and frequently produced shows in the theatrical repertoire. At Warner Robins Little Theatre, no sooner does “Baggage” close this weekend than a fundraiser, an original work titled “Off Book,” opens.

The big news, however, is that Scot Mann and the Mercer University theater are presenting Vladimir Volkoff’s “Love Kills” through next weekend at the 70-seat Backdoor Theatre. The Russo/French playwright and former Macon resident also will be the subject of a colloquium this weekend. At Theatre Macon’s recent production, artistic director Jim Crisp devoted a portion of his pre-show remarks to recommending this event. Yes, reservations are advised.

Coming up after Thanksgiving is another collegiate production: Wesleyan College will present “All the Pretty Princesses” on Dec. 5–7. Written by a 2013 graduate, the show is said to be comic tale revealing what happened to the various fairytale heroines.

Shakespeare fans and parents who like to supplement their children’s education will be excited to hear that the production of the tragedy “King Lear,” which opened last weekend at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, is truly first rate and has earned the seal of approval from the 12-year-old Shakespearean at our house.

There’s music on the calendar, too. The Middle Georgia State College Singers will present their Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Riverside United Methodist Church. Rebecca Lanning will direct.

Art news

Those who have young people in their lives will want to know about the “Kool-Aid & Canvas” sessions at the 567 Center for Renewal. The 90-minute lessons are led by an artist who takes the children through the creation of a painting. The next session is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. Complete information is found on the 567 website, www.the567.org.

Coming Friday (Nov. 15) to the Middle Georgia Art Association’s gallery is the opening reception for “Your Backyard,” while Thursday will see the opening reception for the Wesleyan Art Students Exhibition in the East Gallery of Porter Fine Arts Building.

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