Local theaters kick off season

All over town, stages are getting ready for the 2013-14 season.

The Bill Heard Theatre in RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, usually takes advantage of the summertime lull to do maintenance on the 2,000-seat space.

Seats are spruced up or replaced and carpeting is repaired. This week, a crew has been working on the Heard stage, making sure the traps -- the hydraulic lifts that bring actors and sometimes set pieces from under the stage up to the stage level -- work properly.

RiverCenter kicks off its season Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with "When Everything Was Possible," starring Victoria Mallory and Kurt Peterson. Longtime residents may remember Mallory as Vicki Morales, who used to sing and dance on the Springer Opera House stage.

Mallory, who changed her name professionally, grew up in Columbus and attended Baker High School.

"It touches me beyond words to be coming home," she said. "Columbus is where I grew up and learned my craft -- playing piano, learning dance, voice, doing plays. It touches me so."

Mallory said Peterson has a history in Columbus, too.

She said Peterson, her co-star in the first revival of "West Side Story" in Lincoln Center in 1968, did "The Fantasticks" at the Springer with her in 1970.

Tickets for the show are $39.50-$53.50. Call 706-256-3612.

Springer Opera House

The Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., is in the midst of rehearsals for its first show, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which opens Sept. 19.

Tickets are $17-$40. Call 706-327-3688.

The Springer is also putting finishing touches on its new children's theater space, the Dorothy McClure Theatre. The first show will be "Pinkalicious" in October.

CSU's theater department

The Columbus State University department of theater's first show of the season is a children's show, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale," which opens Sept. 12. The students are rehearsing Tuesdays and Thursdays until it opens.

Tickets are $5-$10.

The first mainstage show is "The Illusion," about a desperate father trying to reach out to an estranged son who turns to a sorcerer. It opens Sept. 26.

Tickets are $15-$17.

Call 706-507-8444.

Liberty Theatre

Over at the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave., the cast is getting ready for "Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery" by Shay Youngblood. Youngblood is a Columbus native, who is a writer, poet, painter and playwright. "Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery" is a coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in the 1960s.

The show opens Sept. 27. Youngblood will be attending the show and reception on Sept. 28.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. For the show and reception on Sept. 28, tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Call 706-653-7566.

Columbus Museum

The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, is also gearing up for a new season.

Its history gallery, Chattahoochee Legacy, is getting revamped. Currently, the textile part of Columbus' history is going to get a makeover.

Right now, on exhibit are "Warhol in Southern Collections," "Dare to Wear: Art as Fashion" and "Optimists and Activists: American Scene -- 1920-50."

Admission is free. Call 706-748-2562.

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