Fennelly: Get in the holiday spirit with local events

December 13, 2013 

This weekend marks our last opportunity before Christmas to be overwhelmed by holiday entertainment, but what a jolly time it should be.

Two of the most iconic musicals of the 20th century are entering their final weekend on local stages. Both “The Wizard of Oz” at Macon Little Theatre and “The Sound of Music” at Theatre Macon are absolutely shows to be seen.

Interestingly, the actual Von Trapp Family Singers visited Macon in October 1941. And, as I have to remind myself, just because I’ve seen these shows doesn’t mean that my kids have.

Another theater opportunity is on stage in Houston County. The Perry Players’ production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told ... and Then Some” also runs through Sunday. Our other big event this weekend is “The Nutcracker.” This ballet is another “must-see” event, and our local production (founded in 1985 by artistic director Jean Weaver) presents each year a free performance of this cultural monument for area school children. Now that’s the spirit of Christmas.

Shopping

While we can’t escape the reality that this is the shopping season of the year, most of our galleries and museums offer opportunities that couple singular gifts with support for noble causes. The Museum of Arts and Sciences not only boasts a store for adults but the annual Secret Shop provides young children with privacy to purchase inexpensive gifts for the grown-ups in their lives.

Although the Mark Smith Planetarium is not presenting a Christmas-themed show this year, there are numerous other attractions at the museum to keep children entertained during school holidays.

Other shopping meccas are provided by the Middle Georgia Art Association and the Macon Arts Alliance, among others.

Coming up

Happily for kids getting out of school, not all of the theaters will be dark next weekend. Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss will direct a children’s production of “Angels ‘R’ Us” at Macon Little Theatre, while at Theatre Macon, “Christmas Cabaret” is running through Sunday.

If you’ve just got to see “A Christmas Carol,” the good news is that there are two productions in Atlanta: at the Shakespeare Tavern and at the Alliance Theatre (Chris Kayser making his final appearance as Scrooge). O. Henry fans will be interested in “The Gifts of the Magi” at the Theatrical Outfit.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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