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FENNELLY: Local theaters announce plays for coming season

With “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” closing this weekend at Theatre Macon, it is all too plain that the current season on stage is coming to an end. But don’t be sad. The good news is that, while there hasn’t always been space to report them, attractive line-ups already have been announced for the 2015-2016 seasons, and in some cases the season-openers will take place this summer.

Community theaters are faced with the formidable tasks of keeping box office proceeds pouring in while simultaneously giving exposure to some of the great works of the stage.

At Macon Little Theatre, the new season will open July 10 with the popular musical “Into the Woods,” followed by “On Golden Pond,” the mystery-thriller “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight,” “Little Women the Musical,” “Second Samuel,” “Nunsense Jamboree” (another musical) and “Hotbed Hotel,” a farce to close the season. Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss will direct the musicals, while Weldon Ledbetter will handle the comedies and dramas.

The Backlot Players in Forsyth also will open its season in July with “Whistle Down the Wind,” one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s less-well-known shows. Next up will be the iconic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” followed by “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Dearly Departed” and, closing the season, “Steel Magnolias.”

Theatre Macon’s current season ends Saturday night with Christopher Durang’s latest hit, the 2013 Tony-winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Yes, I know, some of these names come from Chekhov. You may also recognize Clay Mote, the irate king in Mercer University’s recent production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Theatre Macon’s summer show will be “9 to 5 the Musical,” running July 10-25. Following that, the actual 2015-2016 season opens in earnest with “Swell Party,” followed by “Calendar Girls,” “Annie Jr.,” “A Christmas Story the Musical,” “A Chorus Line,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Sabrina Fair.” Blended into this lineup are the Youth Actors Company productions and the Christmas Cabaret.

YOUTH NEWS

The venerable Morning Music Club builds for the future and honors the memory of the late professor Joseph Maertz with an annual scholarship competition. This year’s winner was Brent Jones of Tatnall Square Academy, a voice student.

The runners up were Houston County High School’s DeLaine Crutchfield, also a voice student, and cellist Joe Kovac of Central High School.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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