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Dozens of youths to put on 'The Music Shop' at the Douglass

"The Music Shop," Saturday night's show at downtown Macon's Douglass Theatre, is a program put on by a group of more than 40 youth singers, dancers and stage techs.

It's being presented as a commemorative performance, one to celebrate this year's 10th anniversary of the historic Douglass venue's renovation and reopening.

The musical variety show is the culmination of six weeks of learning and rehearsal by participants in the theater's Stageworks/KIDZ TECH program, a hands-on summertime workshop that, according to a Douglass press release, "introduces a realistic view of stage work, both 'behind the scenes' as well as from the performer's experience on stage."

Young people in the program get a taste of the nuts and bolts of theater work, "everything from script writing, producing, and directing, to other pertinent disciplines like production planning and management, dress/technical rehearsal, as well as set, sound and lighting design and technology," the release says.

Saturday's show, "The Music Shop," is an hourlong show filled with singing and dancing.

"It's a combination of jazz, soul and gospel music," D. Venson, the Stageworks director, says.

Among the music on the program Saturday: "No Way," Kirk Franklin's "Imagine Me" and "The Prayer."

One of the performers, 15-year-old Kweyetta Green says, "We're just going to be doing a whole lot of inspirational music. ... We don't want to give away all the songs because we don't want to give away the whole show."

Saturday What: "The Music Shop" Where: Douglass Theatre When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Phone: 742-2000