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'Play' around at local theaters this weekend

September 26, 2013


Sept. 26--Ever wonder what it's like to sit on stage with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra?

You'll get that opportunity today during the CSO's Open House from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre.

Not interested in that? You can meet the musicians, eat popcorn and try out musical instruments in the instrument petting zoo.

You can check out the seats and buy tickets to the 2013-14 season.

On Saturday, the CSO presents "Tchaikovsky Five," featuring guest artist pianist Claire Huangci. The program includes Barber's "Adagio for Strings," Saint-Saens' "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5."

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

The Chattahoochee Promenade Amphitheater (on Front Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets) is the setting for William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," filled with fairies and other otherworldly creatures.

The presentation starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It's the final two performances of the play.

Because of the time and the an

gle of the sun, director Tamara L. Curry recommends the audience wear sunglasses for the beginning of the show.

It's free but she asks that patrons bring canned goods or gently used clothing and shoes that will be collected for Damascus Way.

"The Illusion"

Two blocks down the road is the Columbus State University Theater Complex, 6 W. 10th St. where you can see "The Illusion."

It's a comic play about an elderly man who wants to reconnect with his long-lost son.

He hires an illusionist to find his son.

As the sorcerer begins to spin his web around the characters, they have to figure out what is real and what is not.

It's 7:30 tonight-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

More into a Biblical musical?

The Springer Opera House presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical about Israel's favorite son and his adventures in Canaan and Egypt.There is a pre-show dinner at 6 p.m., but remember to make reservations for dinner. It's 7:30 tonight-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Ramona Quimby"

If you have little girls, they might like "Ramona Quimby" at the Family Theatre.

It's about a little girl who is always squabbling with her older sister, getting in trouble at school and causing trouble at a wedding. But it's ultimately about loving your family no matter what. It can be seen at 7:30 tonight-Saturday; also, 7:30 p.m, Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12.

The Family Theatre is at 2100 Hamilton Road.

"On the Verge"

Auburn University is celebrating its 100th anniversary season of theater on campus. It began in 1913 with its first stage company, Auburn Footlights. After World War II, it became the Auburn University Players.

It opens the 2013-14 season with "On the Verge," about three Victorian-era women who are traveling into unknown territory.

It can be seen at 8 (CDT) tonight-Saturday and 3:30 p.m. (CDT) Sunday in the Telfair Peet Theatre on main campus.

"Inheritance of Murder"

If you're wondering if you could be an actor, but are too shy to audition at the Springer or Liberty or other local theaters, Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre might be a good way to get your feet wet.

"Inheritance of Murder" is about what happens when an elderly man dies and relatives come around to find out who inherits the money.

There are several roles for audience members. Arrive a few minutes early if you want a role. The play will start promptly at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. It's in the Downtown Historic Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Ave.

Because dinner is involved, the hotel must know how much food to cook, so reservations must be made in advance.

"Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery"

"Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery" is based on "Big Mama Stories," both written by Columbus native Shay Youngblood. It's a coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in the 1960s.

It's 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and if you choose to go Saturday, you'll have the opportunity to meet Youngblood.


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