The people of Cobb County are indeed fortunate to have many venues to choose from that are excellent and great training grounds for local talent. This past weekend, they could choose from “Les Miserables” performed by the CCPA Magnet Program of Pebblebrook High school under the direction of Mr. Frank Timmerman. Also, the Marietta Players/Young Actors Playhouse were performing “The Man from Earth” at the former Theater in the Square. Having attended their “Winter’s Song” performance in December, I was most impressed with the fact that Don Woodner, their artistic director, had written the play, which highlighted the plight of the homeless and teenagers making the right choices.
Earl Reece, at the Strand Theater, is also a great promoter of young and local talent. He does the “Performula” summer camp and then, using local and young talent, does such productions as “Motown” and “The Christmas Song.”
The Georgia Ballet and the Georgia Symphony are top notch and both have youth training programs. The availability of the new Marietta High School auditorium, (with its wonderful acoustics), to these organizations is another advantage to the Cobb community.
The Cobb Marietta Art Museum is another gem in this community. The large crowd at this current exhibit’s opening and the last Music and Martinis Night is witness to the wonderful work that that Sally MacAulay does in managing and procuring the best shows. Her education director, Katy Bush, has a great summer camp for young artists and is now asking for donations of artist materials on the museum site.
I feel very privileged to have moved to a community that values the arts. Please support these organizations.
The Allison Artistic Foundation
(part of the Cobb Community Foundation)