Out & About

Great theater looms ahead

There’s nothing to equal the magic of live theater, and listening to Atlanta’s Kenny Leon being interviewed on radio this week, I realized once again the truth that when we go to the theater, it is not so much a case of our supporting the theater but rather of the theater’s enriching our lives. Theater can stir the soul.

Leon, the former artistic director of Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre who went on to become perhaps the leading director on Broadway and who operates the True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, was educated at Clark Atlanta University and brings evangelical zeal to the stage. We should do likewise.

Here at home, we have a variety of theater coming up. Entering its final weekend at Macon Little Theatre is the Neil Simon comedy “The Odd Couple,” while at Theatre Macon we have another comedy “Lend Me a Tenor.”

The following weekend we’ll see Ira Levin’s suspense thriller “Deathtrap” at the Perry Players, followed by “Gideon’s Knot” at Mercer University. This latter production will potentially disturb the audience’s sleep.

Up the road in Atlanta is “The Prom” — another Alliance production that is likely Broadway bound — about a high school, a girl, and her girlfriend.

Music season off and running

As of last weekend, the midstate’s bounteous music season is off to a catapult-like start, and it keeps getting better. Last weekend saw the season-opener for both the Macon Pops and the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and while a minor emergency kept me away from the Pops, I can tell you that the MSO and Music Director Jerry Steichen gave the crowd its money’s worth and more. The orchestra also gets high marks for advance publicity, including a boost from GPB Radio’s Sarah Zaslaw.

Tonight, Mercer’s Townsend School of Music presents trumpeter William Denton, the first guest artist of the season, followed by Robert McDuffie and the Labor Day Strings Festival. After that, the floodgates open.

GCA grants

It’s good to see a few Georgia Council for the Arts grants coming Macon’s way. Funding goes to the Macon Film Festival, the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Otis Redding Foundation.

The recipient of other grant monies is the Tubman Museum, one of 17 museums nationwide to receive an African-American History and Culture grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The Tubman also received grants from the James Hyde Porter Charitable Trust and the E. J. Grassman Trust. Hooray!

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.