RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and Columbus State University’s department of theater have entered a collaboration that is a win-win for both arts groups.
It’s really a great idea, and I don’t know why they haven’t done this sooner.
Jim Rutland, RiverCenter’s program and education director, and Cameron Bean, CSU’s advancement and marketing Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts, have been working together on this collaborative program.
Many of the touring groups who come through RiverCenter can often add an educational component to its appearance here, either master classes or feedback sessions after the performance. They just have to know in advance. So Jim puts it in writing in the contract way before the companies get to town.
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All Cameron has to do is make sure the theater students know that they can get a student discount ticket, see the show and stay afterward and ask the professional actors questions.
Like Jim said, it’s a win-win. The professional actors get feedback from young actors, and the young actors can ask the professionals what it’s like for them to be traveling and performing.
The first was with Aquila Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” More than 20 students took advantage of the program.
The Schwob School of Music has been doing this for years with guest artists.
It’s just time that CSU’s young actors get a chance to do the same.
Good job, you guys.
Mark your calendar
“Let There Be Art!” is April 15-23 in the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road.
For several years, the museum presented the Art and Antique Show and Sale. It was successful, and made money for the museum.
But the museum’s main focus is art, not antiques, so it’s gone back to what it does best -- present art.
Before the antique show, the museum used to alternate Flying Colors and Flying High. The former was an art show and sale by local and regional artists; and the latter was a high-priced art auction with dinner.
Marsha Mason, the chair of “Let There Be Art!” said they’ve revamped Flying Colors, and it’s going to features some top-notch artists from all over the country, as well as the best of the local artists.
There are all sorts of events, too.
I’ll be writing more about it closer to the date.
But like Marsha said, you know it’s coming. So save some extra money so you can buy some art.
It’s soup time!
The Columbus Parks & Recreation Department is holding the area’s annual Empty Bowl fundraiser.
The local artists have been working hard to make new bowls.
You also get your choice of many, many bowls made by the artists of Columbus’ pottery studios around town.
For $5, you get a bowl, soup, bread, dessert and soft drinks. It’s 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way near Northside School.
It costs $10; $5 for children 11 and younger.
Nonchalantly go to the center and scout out the bowls. Then “hide” it until Sunday.
It’s worked for me.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.