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FENNELLY: Summer swells with theater, arts offerings

It’s been a sedate summer thus far, but that’s about to change dramatically. Beginning tonight, we’ll see a month-long explosion of events that will transform summer 2015 into one the likes of which haven’t been seen.

Not only do we have the Macon Film Festival opening Thursday -- accompanied by the “Off Camera” exhibition at the Macon Arts Alliance -- but multiple plays will run throughout the month as well.

Opening tonight we have several crowd pleasers, and some of these also will serve as the opening show for the coming season. That’s the case at Macon Little Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is being directed by the duo of Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss, with choreography by Jenny Morris.

Downtown at Theatre Macon is another musical, but a complete change of pace: Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5, The Musical,” is running through July 25. This show is actually Theatre Macon’s summer musical; the new season will open in September with “Swell Party.” Also tonight is “Glory,” the culmination of the Douglass Theatre’s Stageworks Theater Camp.

The listings continue to swell. The following weekend, Perry Players will jump in with the musical “The Addams Family,” while Warner Robins Little Theatre opens Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit.” Although this classic premiered in 1941, it has enjoyed recent revivals in both London (2014) and New York (2009). The title, by the way, comes from a line in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “To a Skylark.”

And the good stuff keeps on coming. Before the end of the month, the Backlot Players will bring us Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Whistle Down the Wind.”

On screen, the Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition telecasts may be taking a summer hiatus, but not so with the National Theatre’s HD series. Coming up July 26 at the Douglass Theatre is a production from London that will set every teacher’s heart a-flutter. Britain’s National Theatre is performing the 15th-century allegory “Everyman.” This popular example of a morality play figures prominently in the history of theater.


In addition to the Macon Arts Alliance’s exhibition “Off Camera,” featuring creative work from the state’s film and TV industry, the Perry Arts Center and the Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter will join forces July 17-19 for “Dog Days of Summer,” a benefit for man’s best friend.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.