Arts Council to open season with Fame

Published 3:05 am Saturday, September 10, 2016


The Covington Arts Council will open its 2016-17 season in a big way later this month when it brings the musical “Fame” to Andalusia.

CAC Executive Director Paula Harr said Covington County residents like big musicals.

“Any time opportunity to bring a large musical theater production to Andalusia, we are pleased to do so,” she said. “This is a big production, with fun, heart-stomping choreography.

“The movie was very well done, and everybody loved the television series,” she said. “When we had the opportunity to bring this, we were on it.”

The musical is set in a New York City school for the arts, and talks viewers through the struggles and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and the theatre. Harr warns that it is rate “R” for adult audiences.

The production also will feature local students and adutls in walk-on roles.

The show is set for 7 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 28.

While “Fame” is the biggest, the rest of the season is just as exciting, Harr said.

“In November, we have ‘A Christmas Carol,’” she said. “This got cancelled last year on the day of the event because the cast had a wreck en route. We had the opportunity to bring it back this year.”

Local student also will participate in this production, which is set for 7 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 29, the week after Thanksgiving.

“This is a great way to start off the Christmas season,” Harr said.

One of CAC’s most successful events in recent years was an Eagles tribute performance. This year, the group will bring a Journey tribute.

“This is a wonderful, fantastic Journey tribute for all of our rock and roll fans,” Harr said. “We are hoping everybody will come and rock out with us again.”

“Your audience will feel as if they’ve traveled through a time warp to witness a Journey concert from the 1980s,” one reviewer wrote.

The musical performance is set for 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 21.

The arts council will close out t heir year in the spring with the Neil Simon play, “Barefoot in the Park.”

“This is a wonderful Neil Simon production,” Harr said. “Of course, most people are familiar with the movie, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It is a fun, funny relationship comedy, and I think our audience will love it.”

“Barefoot” is set for Mon., March 6, 2017.

Season tickets for all performances are now available at Harold’s Furniture, and are $55 each for adults, or $30 for students. Family packages, which include tickets for two adults and two students, are $125.