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BOX SEAT: Fill remainder of summer with live theater

Whether we look behind or ahead, the only conclusion to draw about the final two weeks of July is that the midstate is one glorious place.

Behind us we have the Macon Film Festival, ensconced in its new summertime slot, plus several top-drawer theater productions and a bit of music and art to boot. We’ve also been doing a much better job than usual getting the word out about our assets to the five million entertainment-hungry souls in the metropolitan area an hour or so to our north.

Looking ahead, we have another spectacular weekend to look forward to, thanks to Bragg Jam and multiple plays on area stages. But time is running out. This will be the final opportunity for some of these plays, several of which also are season-openers.

From north to south we have Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind” at Forsyth’s Backlot Players (opening tonight), “9 to 5, The Musical” at Theatre Macon (closing Saturday), Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at Warner Robins Little Theatre and “The Addams Family Musical” at the Perry Players.

On top of that, on Sunday the Douglass Theatre -- almost unique in the Southeast -- is presenting the National Theatre’s high-definition telecast of one of the most famous plays of all time, “Everyman” (written in 1485). Also that day, the Douglass is presenting “Jazz in the Courtyard.”

TASTE OF THE ARTS

“Life Is Good” says that bumper sticker, and that’s sure the case in our neck of the woods. One of the organizations that makes this possible is the Macon Arts Alliance. These worthies (who recently received a significant grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) will soon be hosting a big blowout of a benefit, “Havana Nights,” at the terminal Station on Aug. 1.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

Theatre Macon has awarded the Jonathan Killen Scholarship to graduating seniors Griffin Hutchins and Alexis Webb (both of whom appear in “9 to 5”). The annual scholarships honor the memory of talented Jonathan Killen, a leader in the creation of the Youth Actors Company.

SCHOOL BELLS RING

The museums and historic sites in both the midstate and Atlanta are offering exhibitions that will make for valuable back-to-school transitions. In addition to “Zoom into Nano” at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, I recommend “Brain” at Atlanta’s Fernbank. Back to school on Aug. 3 is coming soon.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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