Shakespeare Comedy Christens New CSU Theatre Downtown

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The first theatre production in the new CSU RiverPark art and theatre complex will be staged March 29-April 1 when “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” signals a new era of CSU performances in downtown Columbus.

The Shakespeare comedy with cowboys, fairies and fools marks the first performance for Theatre on the Park, the 350-seat venue that’s a centerpiece of the new riverfront complex.

While the venue will be showcased in full starting in the fall when all the kinks are worked out, theatre-goers can get a first look at the new spaces during the upcoming shows.

“We’re excited to finally be working on a production in this great new theatre,” said Tim McGraw, interim chair of the Department of Theatre. “But it truly is a “Sneak Preview” for the new facility, not all of the theatre spaces are open yet, and this first show is a learning process for all of us as we get used to the new facilities, learn how to use new, state of the art equipment, and discover all the little things that still need to be completed.”

He said visitors to this first show will be impressed by the beauty and potential of the new theatre and will enjoy how close they sit to the action. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Adjunct professor Rebecca McGraw will direct a 25-student cast in the CSU production that sets Shakespeare’s merry tale of the dueling faeries and mismatched lovers in an enchanted forest surrounding an old western mining town in the 1800s.

Admission prices for this “PG-13” production are $15 per adult, $13 per child, senior citizen, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty, staff and students.

Each show will feature announcements of the 2007-2008 season with season-ticket orders after the show.

Tickets are available at the Theatre on the Park Box Office, on the corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue or charge by phone at 706-507- 8445. The box office is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 hour prior to show time. For more information, including parking directions, call 706-507-8400.