I had a lunch meeting with two of my favorite men — Jim Rutland and Cameron Bean.
Jimmy is RiverCenter for the Performing Arts' program and education director and Cameron is Columbus State University's advancement and marketing coordinator for the department of theater and recruits for the College of the Arts.
Both are very busy guys, but are always thinking of ways to make their organizations better.
I guess they've been talking because they've come up with a win-win situation for both CSU and RiverCenter.
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It works like this: When RiverCenter has a tour, students in the theater department are invited to attend either a kind of master class before the performance or a question-and-answer session afterward. And they get the student rush ticket, which is a deep, deep discount.
The first "experiment" was last week's Aquilla Theater Co.'s performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
About 30 students attended, and both Jimmy and Cameron were thrilled with the experiment.
When Jimmy makes up next season's Broadway shows, he'll make sure that each company will carve out enough time to meet the students.
RiverCenter has always made musicians available to present master classes for students in the Schwob School of Music.
This is the first time that theater student will get a chance to meet professional actors.
I think this is a really good program and like Cameron said, it's a win-win situation.