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HD seasons herald fall’s arrival

Nina Stemme plays Isolde in Mariusz Treliński’s new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”
Nina Stemme plays Isolde in Mariusz Treliński’s new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” Metropolitan Opera

When will the brisk autumn weather arrive? Here’s news that should lower the temperature a little: In just days, the Douglass Theatre will begin the new season of HD broadcasts from Great Britain’s National Theatre.

Up first is Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera,” coming to town Sept. 25. The NT’s broadcasts are one of those things that illustrate the ability of familiarity to dampen ardor.

Midstate residents often lose sight of the miraculous fact that the Douglass is one of the few theaters in the entire Southeast to offer these HD broadcasts. We are blessed.

In fact, we are doubly blessed, for by next month the HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera also will be streaming into the Douglass. Coming first is Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde,” arriving Oct. 8, and, yes, this is the Met’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center.


Coming up this weekend is the opening of “Sylvia” (woof!) at Warner Robins Little Theatre followed on Sunday at the Douglass by “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Natalie Cole,” featuring Myra Clayton and the Douglass Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Next weekend, the music and the Arts at Vineville (United Methodist Church) season will join the array of local entertainment options. Sept. 25 will see the Celtic Company from Atlanta. That same day, the Warner Robins Community Concert Association will host the Wellston Winds at Houston County High School.


Music lovers in the area are familiar with the sight of Elizabeth Pridgen at the keyboard. Officially, she’s the piano chair for Mercer University’s McDuffie Center for Strings, the Fabian piano chair at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and a member of the Cortona Trio.

What many Pridgen fans are unaware of is that she is also the artistic director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, this year celebrating their 41st anniversary. Ever since Pridgen assumed this post last year, a visit to one of the group’s performances has been high on my list. This season the ACP will open at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, a long-time favorite with local theater lovers, thanks to Elizabethan ambiance and a hearty pub menu.

You’ll see lots of familiar faces in the ACP. Don’t want to make the drive? The group will be on WABE at 9 p.m. Monday.

Currently at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern is “Henry VI,” and coming soon is Ben Jonson’s “Volpone.” Happy days for those who love the stage.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.