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CSU Theatre Effort Wins Convention-Visitors Bureau Grant

CSU students work on singing and dance moves during early rehearsals for “Dora the Explorer Live: Dora's Pirate Adventure!” in late May.

CSU students work on singing and dance moves during early rehearsals for “Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure!” in late May.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau has awarded a $17,166 grant to support Columbus State University’s summer 2014 theatrical efforts, produced as the Columbus Repertory Theatre.

CSU’s Department of Theatre won the grant after submitting to an intensive application, jury review by a panel of community leaders and competition with all other arts organizations within the city to demonstrate artistic merit.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Larry Dooley, chair of the theatre department, and the faculty on this outstanding achievement,” said College of the Arts Dean Richard Baxter. “This award is a tangible endorsement of the significant economic impact our college has on this region. It is also a testament to the quality of our theatrical productions, as well as the incredible commitment our faculty have in expanding and enhancing the learning opportunities for our majors.”

Dooley and other CSU theatre faculty first began staging summer productions as the Columbus Repertory Theatre in 2011. The effort allowed the department to move its summer academic offerings beyond core classes such as theatre appreciation and set-building for fall productions.

Producing more commercially popular plays for longer runs was the summer repertory theatre model that Dooley and other faculty hoped would pay off. Running a play longer allows for more word-of-mouth advertising and gives students more of a professional experience as they can fine-tune performances and staging over time, Dooley said in 2011.

This summer’s productions, running until late June, are “Suds! The Rockin’ 60’s Musical Soap Opera,” “Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure!” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

For tickets and details, visit or call 706-507-8444.

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