7:45 p.m. Everyone entering the theater was given an envelope.
A second envelope was passed out. Everyone who buys a season ticket has a chance to win a prize.
"Thank you for supporting Georgia's state theater," Pierce said.
The evening is over.
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7:41 p.m. A ground-breaking show, "I Tweeted on My iPad and I Liked It."
Again, it was met by applause and laughter.
Written by Adam Archer and Jef Holbrook, both Academy teachers, features a ton of technology, include live tweets.
"Bring your cell phones," Pierce said. "I never thought I would say that."
It'll be in Foley Hall.
The last show of the Mainstage series is "Tuna Goes Vegas."
This show is met with the biggest applause yet.
Anderson said it's "the fourth in the trilogy."
7:35 p.m. "Frost/Nixon" was met by an oooh from the audience. It's going to be a Mainstage production in January.
The next show, "Damn Yankees" was greeted with cheers and applause.
A group of actors come out, led by Springer veteran actor, Steve Valentini, come out and sing "You've Gotta Have Heart."
It's on the Mainstage in March.
7:33 p.m. Laughter greets Anderson and Pierce say that "in 10 years, 3,800 people have paid good money to see two middle-aged men in high heels and nylons." "A Tuna Christmas" is the other holiday show in Foley Hall.
7:30 p.m. Applause greets the announcement of "the lavish family musical," "Cinderella" by Rodgers and Hammerstein, will be the holiday show on Mainstage.
Melissa Cone and Reid Robinson as Cinderella and the Prince, perform a song from the show.
7:22 p.m. "The Official Blues Brothers Revue" gets major applause as it's announced as the season opener.
Oohs and aahs met the announcement of "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon.
Both are Mainstage productions.
Then "The Honky Tonk Angels" in the Studio II Series is announced. Kristen Metcalfe and Kimberly Faith Hickman come on and sing a ouple of songs from the show, which will be the Springer Theatricals tour next year. They're accompanied by Kevin Finch.
7:20 p.m. The Ron Anderson tribute is continuing. He comes back to the podium as Dee Dee Snavely of "A Tuna Christmas" fame.
Pierce said hiring Anderson was the smartest thing he's done in his life.
He was given the Francis J. Springer Award, given every year to an actor, donor, volunteer or other theater supporters.
7:05 p.m.: The buzz during the pre-announcement was, "What is going to be on the season?"
"I wonder if there's a part for me this year?" was another refrain.
After waiting an hour, visiting with friends, meeting new people and noshing on hors d'oeuvres, about 600 people sat in Emily Woodruff Hall.
The announcement was supposed to start at 7 p.m., but about 7:05 p.m., Paul Pierce, the producing artistic director appeared on stage, and said, "This week, the Springer Opera House turned 140 years old."
He then turned the attention of the audience to the project that's going on right, the construction of the new children's theater space and classrooms.
Twelve of the 200 Springer Opera House's first class of the Springer's Theater Academy, now called the Academy Pioneers, appeared on stage. The first session was in 1997.
"Year by year, student by student, the Academy began to rearrange the molecules of the Springer Opera House, my friend, Ron Anderson," Pierce said.
As Anderson spoke about the 5,000 student who have gone through the Academy, he was interrupted by actor Michael Stiggers, who got Kern Clark to honor Anderson.
All 12 of the Academy Pioneers spoke about what the Springer Theatre Academy meant to them.