Columbus State University will host the Georgia Theatre conference next week, Oct. 14-18.
The conference -- an annual gathering for the state's official theater organization -- is expected to draw about 1,300 people to the university's RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus.
Conference attendees will include high school students and their teachers, university theater students and their professors, community theater professionals and novice enthusiasts.
Programs at the conference will include:
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--The Georgia High School Association's Secondary Play Competition, in University Hall on the main campus.
--The Southeast Theatre Conference secondary play competition on the mainstage of CSU's Theatre on the Park.
--The community theater festival at CSU's Theatre on the Park studio theater.
--The Southeast Theatre Conference screening auditions, in the RiverCenter's studio theater.
--A theater for youth festival at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Ministry Center on Second Avenue.
--Secondary college auditions in CSU's Theatre on the Park’s lab theater.
The will also be a staged reading of the winning entry from the conference's One-Act New Play Competition, as well as a special concert for all convention participants.
"Joseph Golden Plays Broadway" will be at 9:30 p.m. on Friday in the RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Golden, CSU's director of opera, a professor of organ and the coordinator of music history and literature, will perform selected Broadway numbers on the piano and will be accompanied by student singers from the university. The program will end with an audience sing-a-long.
Day passes for the conference can be purchased for $10 each from the Theatre on the Park Box Office at 10th Street and Bay Avenue. The pass is good for all activities on the day of purchase.
For more information, contact Mary Norman, the Georgia Theatre Conference's executive director, at 229-798-0227, or firstname.lastname@example.org.