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Springer Opera House, RiverCenter and The Liberty Theater hosting pre-season activities this weekend

Theater lovers will have plenty to do Saturday. Single tickets go on sale at the Springer Opera House and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, and The Liberty Theatre hosts its annual Libby Awards and fundraiser dinner.

Springer Opera House

Johanna Cabatingan hopes the Springer Opera House Block Party is as successful as last year’s event.

“We had a good turn-out,” the theater’s volunteer coordinator said. “We had a great mix of core Springer Theater Academy students, patrons and lots of new faces. That’s what we try to do — encourage students, volunteers, parents and actors to bring new people.”

The Springer kicks off the weekend with an art show and sale from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Actor’s Arena on First Avenue. Call Allie Kent at 706-324-5714, ext. 123, for details. It will continue Saturday during block party hours.

There will be special events throughout the day that will correlate to the Springer’s shows. A tailgating contest — to recognize “Bear Country,” the show about legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant — is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A bratwurst cook-off, football trivia and a powder puff football game will also promote the show. Call Gil Hunter at 706-256-3493 for details.

“There will be entertainment every 20 minutes,” Cabatingan said. “There will be lots of No Shame Theater performers and the Just Us Bluegrass Band.”

A silent auction will feature props from past productions. The Red Cross will hold a blood drive (for “Dracula”) all day. Auditions for dogs to play Toto in “The Wizard of Oz” begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Green Room. Guests will have a chance to learn dance routines from “The Full Monty” and “High School Musical.”

Ghost stories will be shared and tours of the theater will be given every 30 minutes.

Cabatingan hopes to find some new volunteers in the crowd. “We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers,” Cabatingan said. “Volunteering is always a good way to get involved.”

Single tickets for every show will be sold at the box office all day, and vendors will sell food and soft drinks.


Single Ticket Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for RiverCenter for the Performing Arts shows.

Coffee, donuts and soft drinks will be served in the morning. Around noon, popcorn will be available.

Those who don’t buy single tickets on Saturday for Broadway series shows, will have to wait until about six weeks before a show opens to buy tickets.

Also on Saturday, tickets for Columbus Symphony Orchestra concerts will be sold for $15 each. The catch? Each guest can only buy eight tickets.

Call 706-256-3612.

The Libby Awards

Gayle Daniels, the managing director of the Liberty Theater, and actor/director Eddie Stiles will thank Liberty actors on Saturday at the fifth annual Libby Awards. The fundraiser and thank-you dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the theater, 823 Eighth Ave.

The best thing about the awards show is that the awards are determined by each show’s audience, Daniels said.

Tickets cost $25 for the dinner and show and $15 for either the dinner or show.

Call 706-653-7566.

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