Original Interactive Play about Pleasant Hill History and Future to Premiere at The Grand This Saturday

Original Interactive Play about Pleasant Hill History and Future to Premiere at The Grand This Saturday 1781 1416 Julia Rubens

A year-long process of participatory research and interviews will culminate in the first presentation of an original play about Macon’s historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood and the impacts of blight on Saturday, April 23 at The Grand Opera House, with 2:30 and 7:30 PM showtimes. Healing a Haunted House will take audiences on an interactive journey of the neighborhood’s past, present, and future, asking all Macon-Bibb citizens to ponder about the neighborhood’s restoration.

Supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, co-artists DSTO Moore, Nancy Cleveland, and Julia Rubens co-wrote Healing a Haunted House, primarily based upon interviews and found text from Pleasant Hill residents. Historic Macon Foundation contributed to historical research and advised the co-artists.

The workshop iteration of the play Saturday is just the beginning of Healing a Haunted House’s activity – the work serves to support and shine a spotlight on efforts towards neighborhood restoration by organizations like the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Organization and the Community Enhancement Authority.

The play features multiple generations of Pleasant Hill history, including characters like famed volunteer Ozzie Bell McKay. The show highlights history behind currently blighted structures, such as Dr. E. E. Green’s home. The co-artists plan future arts-based interventions, like a youth-led temporary mural in an empty, blighted lot. These efforts seek to harness the civic imagination around blight and Pleasant Hill’s bright history to challenge citizens to contribute to solutions.

Both the 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM performances have limited capacity, due to the interactive nature of the performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and Mercer faculty/staff and can be found at

Featuring Tanya Arrington, Lakesia Cunningham, Casey Dupree, Marie Jones, Laura Lamoree, Sobe Thomas, and Nathalie Walker.
Key art by DSTO Moore

The Grand Opera House is a vibrant community-assembly resource for all residents of Macon-Bibb County, as well as a draw for cultural tourism that significantly impacts the success of Macon’s downtown and corresponding economic vitality. It is our mission to nurture an appreciation of the arts in all citizens of Central Georgia, especially its youngest citizens, through attracting the presentation of quality productions as well as an immersion into a treasured architectural artifact that reflects 133 years of Macon’s history. And finally, as a performing arts center of Mercer University, the Grand Opera House seeks to champion excellence as the premiere theatrical venue in Central Georgia.

Meet Chas Pridgen: Your New Patron Services and Rentals Director

Meet Chas Pridgen: Your New Patron Services and Rentals Director 4032 3024 Julia Rubens

Chas Pridgen will now be working directly with patrons and ticketing clients as The Grand’s Director of Patron Services and Rentals. A native of Broxton, GA, he graduated from Mercer University studying journalism and theatre and as a talented vocalist, has even sung on The Grand stage before during our Cabaret Concert Series and Bite-Sized Broadway. Say hi to Chas in the lobby the next time you come to The Grand!

We asked Chas a few questions to get to know him better:

What drew you to The Grand?

I’ve really respected and appreciated The Grand Opera House’s recent efforts to make the arts accessible for a broader audience using intentional ways to reach people with community engagement programming. I know, because I’ve been a part of it myself!

When I was a student at Mercer, I saw The Nutcracker and realized it was the first access point for many children to see a live show, and such a strong tradition for families. To see the wonder that children have for the magic of theatre for the first time put a smile on my face. I look forward to getting to know the team behind efforts like this!

On the opposite end, I also attended a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The energy of the raucous crowd and diversity showed me how versatile the venue is, and how many different types of culture fit within it! (Editor’s Note: Check out our $5 film series!)

I got more involved as a volunteer when Julia asked me to be on the Artist Council for the first Macon Art eXplosion (MAX). Hanging out over the weekend at MAX, I got more of an inside look into helping patrons, and I especially enjoyed meeting people who had never been to The Grand before. This showed me that I could help other people discover the experiences I’ve had as an artist and audience member, and help The Grand in creating a dynamic community space. I’m excited to be more involved with organizing MAX this year!

What show are you most looking forward to?

I’m very excited for the Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra. I’ve wanted to see symphony music forever and even had subscriptions as a patron to use at other venues, but I really don’t have the opportunity to drive really far to see one. Having a symphony in Macon makes it so convenient to see high-quality music.

What is your favorite part about working with patrons?

I like being able to help ease them into their experience. What I hope I can do is to provide a comforting “transition zone” from the troubles people might have out in the world on the street before they come in, to the point where they can relax and enjoy getting immersed into a show. When a patron has a good experience getting their tickets and getting through the lobby, they will have a better time focusing on the music or listening to a speaker.

The Grand is known as the home of Broadway in Central Georgia. What’s your favorite musical?

For a theatre major like me, this is such a controversial question! I’ll give a three-way tie between Songs for a New World, Company, or Parade. But I am not a major fan of the current Company revival! I think all three of these shows still have a lot of relevance to the times we are going through now with the pandemic – changing relationship mores, the great cost of prejudices, and a “new world” that we can create together with optimism and hope.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Since I spend so much time with people during the day working in customer service roles and as a performer, I like to isolate a little more on my time off. So I like to play video games and watch Netflix at home to try to unwind.

Picture Yourself at The Grand in 2021-2022: BRAND NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED!

Picture Yourself at The Grand in 2021-2022: BRAND NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED! 2550 1650 Julia Rubens


Picture yourself at The Grand: You belong here. Get date nights all year or grab a group with Movie Passes and Cabaret Packages for $20-30. Set up a private film screening or party in a grand atmosphere. Enjoy captivating shows of all genres with the best touring performers in the country. Give the gift of memories at The Grand Opera House.

Here’s a lineup of all our new performances. Tickets are on sale now – go to anytime or buy at our box office 10 AM-5 PM by calling 478-301-5470.

$10 6:30 and 8:30 PM

Broadway Does Pride is an upbeat cabaret-style performance blending Broadway-inspired vocal stylings with the eclectic atmosphere of an intimate lounge show in downtown Macon. “I feel pretty, and witty, and gay!” And so will you with an energetic revue that will revisit musical theatre and pop classics that resonate with the LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time, the cabaret will partner with Theatre Macon and Macon Little Theatre to show that the entire local theatre community supports Pride, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Macon Pride, in a production co-directed by Jim Crisp and Julia Rubens with music direction by McKinley Starks. Kicking off Pride Week, the special Monday showing will also be designated Service Industry Night to honor service employees. Supported by the Linda Harriet Lane Fund.


10/15/2021 – HOCUS POCUS
$5 7 PM

When a curious teenage boy accidently resurrects a trio of ancient witches, Halloween in Salem becomes a lot more interesting. A cult classic that perfectly balances spook and hilarious hijinks, Hocus Pocus kicks off our 2021-2022 film series and is a great way to celebrate the Halloween season and look back on ‘90’s nostalgia. Hosts Yutoya Avaze Leon and Christina Leon will get witchy with you.


10/23/2021-10/24/2021 – MACON ART EXPLOSION (MAX)
Special Event – Art and Performance Festival
$5 Adults, Kids under 12 FREE

Macon Art Explosion (MAX) wants to push the envelope in an all-day weekend extreme art festival. Maker Merchant Booths will showcase artists’ wares and offer interactive art activities. There will be Stage Shout-Out Spots where you get a peek at what’s going on with performances, creators, and classes in the region. Finally, in Guerrilla Grand Spaces you get to explore the hidden spaces of the historic Grand, where you will discover mini-concerts, gallery shows, plays, and interactive performances. Macon Art Explosion is a radically inclusive, family-friendly day of weird, wacky, and wonderful ideas by local artists. Supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central GA.


$5 9 PM

Come out to The Grand for a classic Halloween tradition – The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Brad and Janet, a very square engaged couple, stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle full of enigmatic and loud characters engaging in sinful delights. Rocky Horror is an interactive musical experience like no other that will leave you doing the Time Warp all the way home! Wesleyan College’s Cosplay Club will join hosts Yutoya Avaze Leon and Christina Leon in dressing to impress – join them in your best getup and have the opportunity to win our costume contest!


$10 6:30 and 8:30 PM

Broadway Does Holiday is an upbeat cabaret-style performance blending Broadway-inspired vocal stylings with the eclectic atmosphere of an intimate lounge show in downtown Macon. Come be a part of a joyful night of music, because it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we’re not waiting until December to celebrate! You’ll feel the holiday spirit with performances of classic holiday songs, including some of your favorite Broadway numbers. The Great White Way will lead you into dreaming of a white Christmas, with jingle bells that sound a lot like showtunes. Supported by the Linda Harriet Lane Fund.


Special Event – Drag Show
$15 8 PM

The Tribe’s largest show yet! Join us as we showcase the epic power of these queens – with so many tricks and effects up our sleeves, you’re sure to have the time of your life. Including incredible performers and tantalizing music, LUX will surprise you. Starring Coco Iman Starr, Akasha Giselle Vidalle, Yutoya Avaze Leon, Pynk Dime, and more. Hosted by Christina Leon.


$5 7 PM

Westley and Buttercup’s epic story of love and revenge hits the big screen at The Grand this December. Laugh and let out an ‘aww’ as you watch one of the greatest love stories of all time and a family classic. With kooky characters, some absurd comedy, and a great journey, it’s “inconceivable” that the combination of The Princess Bride and the Christmas light show in downtown Macon won’t make a great heartwarming holiday evening.


$40 7:30 PM

Returning to The Grand for the 25th year, John’s special take on the Christmas season has become a Macon tradition, mixing such Berry classic hits as “Your Love Amazes Me” and “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” and “I Think About It All The Time” with holiday favorites, including his always-standing-ovation performance of “O Holy Night.” No one moves an audience quite the way this platinum-selling vocalist does, and this December Grand appearance is sure to be the hottest holiday ticket in town.


$5 7 PM

Slacker teen Ferris Bueller ropes his girlfriend and best friend into a day of exploring the city. The truant teens take the time to enjoy the cultural hub they live in because, as Ferris himself says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Directed by John Hughes and starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a love letter to the culture and spirit of Chicago.


2/15/2022 – ABBA MANIA
$35-49 7:30 PM

They’re back… now let’s party! ABBA MANIA, the original tribute from London’s West End, takes you back in time by recreating one of the world’s finest pop groups in a live stage performance. This highly polished and professional production has been delighting audiences since 1999, re-creating the ABBA phenomenon for fans all over the world. “From beginning to end, ABBA MANIA keeps the party going, jumping, bouncing, twirling and dancing tirelessly” –WBSM New Bedford.


$5 7 PM

Monty Python and the Holy Grail turns the classical legend of King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail into a highly quotable farcical comedy, starring the British jesters that have been beloved for generations. Arthur and his knights embark on a poorly funded and incredibly silly search and encounter a multitude of truly ridiculous obstacles like terrifying rabbits and the Knights Who Say “Ni!” This classic comedy will have you leaving the theatre in stitches.


3/11/2022 – THE TEN TENORS
$35-45 7:30 PM

The TEN Tenors are an Australian music ensemble that has toured extensively nationally and internationally and released more than 20 albums. Since The TEN Tenors was first formed in 1995, the group has performed extensively in Australia, overseas and on television, and their signature brand of music featuring 10-part harmonies has been enjoyed by more than 90 million people. They have headlined more than 2,000 concerts around the world, sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets and become renowned for their dynamic, choreographed performances and skillful ability to seamlessly transition from operatic arias to soulful ballads through to chart-topping pop and rock songs.


3/18/2022 – BROADWAY DOES THE ‘80S
$10 6:30 and 8:30 PM

Broadway Does the 80s is an upbeat cabaret-style performance blending Broadway-inspired vocal stylings with the eclectic atmosphere of an intimate lounge show in downtown Macon. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for a night and experience your favorite 80s songs, both Broadway and otherwise, on the big stage! From Dreamgirls and Into The Woodsto Cyndi Lauper and Wham, the energy and passion of 80s music will raise the roof. Supported by the Linda Harriet Lane Fund.


$20-25 7:30 PM

The beat of the drum thrums through your body. Soon your heart and the drummer are in synch and excitement fills your body. In celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival, we are fortunate to welcome Kenny Endo, the first Westerner to be granted a license to perform traditional Japanese taiko drumming, as he celebrates 45 years practicing an art that is both bombastic and subtle. The evening will include traditional taiko drumming as well as contemporary works where jazz vibraphone, electric violin, Hawaiian ‘ukulele and traditional Japanese instruments are played with a rock and jazz energy.


4/8/2022-4/9/2022 – HEALING A HAUNTED HOUSE
Special Event – Interactive Play
$10, $5 Mercer ID 7:30 PM

The echo inside faded walls. There are nearly 4,000 blighted structures in Bibb County that are no longer occupied by a soul (Source: The Telegraph). But what if they still had a voice? This multimedia community-wide exploration process worked directly with citizens of Macon-Bibb County to gather five stories of homes that were once vibrant in Pleasant Hill, presenting them as examples to ask what our civic body can do to restore and heal. A co-creation of lead artists Nancy Cleveland, Julia Rubens, and DSTO Moore along with a host of ensemble voices, partnering The Grand with Historic Macon Foundation and Mercer Players. Supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


4/16/2022 – THE BRAT PACK DOUBLE FEATURE (Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire)
$5 7 PM

April will bring you back to the ‘80s at The Grand with the double feature of two classic Brat Pack films, St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink. These both tells the story of struggling to find who you are and who you want to be – in a world that can change between life, love, and death in an instant. In these two heartfelt films, first feel for high schooler Andie (Molly Ringwald) as she attempts to balance the unstable nature of social cliques and following your heart, then follow an ensemble of recent college graduates (led by Rob Lowe) trying to navigate their wild twentysomething paths while staying friends.


$45-60 Adult, $30 Kids under 12 7:30 PM

Great for families! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this musical spectacular. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar The Musical follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Sponsored by Atrium Health Navicent.


$10 6:30 and 8:30 PM

Broadway Does Soul is an upbeat cabaret-style performance blending Broadway-inspired vocal stylings with the eclectic atmosphere of an intimate lounge show in downtown Macon. Connect with the deep emotions and truths of soul music from local Macon music heritage, classic songs from shows such as Memphis and The Wiz, and the sounds of Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye in this night of soulful tunes. Supported by the Linda Harriet Lane Fund.

Film and Cabaret Packages on Sale Now!

Film and Cabaret Packages on Sale Now! 1080 720 Julia Rubens

OUR 2021-2022 SEASON IS COMING UP Looking for some arts and entertainment events to liven up your routine? We want to get on your calendar early. Picture yourself at The Grand: A beautiful historic venue that livens up any date night or family outing into an instantly memorable experience. We have the return of several Grand favorites and put tickets on sale for yearly packages you won’t be able to pass up. We’re also announcing an exciting new family-friendly program that hopes to expand the reach of arts and culture in Macon.

The Grand 2021-2022 Film Series

There will be something for everyone in the 2021-2022 Film Series, which features classic films and nostalgia trips you won’t want to miss – including our Viewer’s Choice film that our fans have been voting for all month. As usual, movies will be just $5 and you get one admission totally free with our Movie Pass, which gives five mix-and-match passes for $20! This pass can be redeemed any film, any way. We also have a Family pass for $60 – this includes 20 admissions for when the kids need a night out or the whole family is in town, and breaks down to a 40% savings per ticket! The Movie Pass is the only way to get early access to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

10/15/2021 – Hocus Pocus

10/30/2021 – Rocky Horror Picture Show

12/17/2021 – The Princess Bride

1/14/2022 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

2/25/2022 – Monty Python and The Holy Grail

4/16/2022 – Brat Pack Double Feature (St. Elmos Fire/Pretty in Pink) ($10 admission)

The Movie Pass includes 5 flexible admissions redeemable at any time throughout the season. The Brat Pack Double Feature will use up two admissions on the pass.

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The Grand Broadway Does Cabaret Concert Series

Next, we’ll have the themes for our upcoming Broadway Does Cabaret Concert Series. Combine the spellbinding vocal power of Broadway with our casual lounge-style atmosphere and an eclectic mix of popular music genres. A brand-new subscription this year will create an amazingly affordable flexible redemption package for all four Broadway Does Cabaret concerts for just $30 – for the price of many single-night events, you’ll be able to enjoy a whole year’s worth of entertainment!

9/20/2021 – Broadway Does Pride Kickoff (Service Industry Night)

9/23/2021 – Dress Up and Sing Out for Pride FREE Concert at Third Street Park featuring McKinley Starks and Yutoya Leon

11/13/2021 – Broadway Does Holiday

4/1/2022 – Broadway Does the 80’s

5/6/2022 – Broadway Does Soul

Each concert will have early show, 6:30 PM and late show, 8:30 PM. The Broadway Does subscription package includes four admissions redeemable for any show (either the early or late show). Admission will be limited, reserve your tickets soon.

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Special Events

6/26/2021 – Treasure Maps: The Georgia Storytelling Roadshow: Show at 9 PM, house opens at 7:30 PM. Outdoors in parking lot, picnic-style. Free and open to the public.

Treasure Maps is a pop-up, interactive, outdoor theatre taking place in six cities across Georgia!The Treasure Maps show will include live-local hosts, film screening, installations, and interactive activities, all under safe social distancing practices. The roadshow feature is the film screening of Treasure Maps on the big screen. Treasure Maps showcases a collage of ten (10) Georgia storytellers’ experiences with an up-close and personal viewpoint into what it’s like navigating the complex webs of life in our communities as a person with a developmental disability.

10/23-10/24, 2021 – Macon Art Explosion: Event happenings all day. Tickets are $5/day general admission (wristband) and children under 12 are free.

Macon Art Explosion (MAX) wants to push the envelope in an all-day weekend extreme art festival. There will be Maker Merchant Booths to both showcase your wares and to perform interactive art activities. There will be Stage Shout-Out Spots where you can hear a sneak peek to what’s going on with performances, creators, and classes in the region. Finally, Guerrilla Grand Spaces ask what can YOU do to activate a unique space with your mini-concert, gallery show, play, or interactive performance. We present six spaces on the fringes that are ripe to be turned into a creative paradise. And it’s not just the locations that are meant to be edgy – we want your weird, wacky, and wonderful ideas. Macon Art Explosion is radically inclusive, family-friendly, and for artists, by artists.

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2019-2020 Season Subscriptions

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Become a subscriber and save! Enjoy a lower rate for your Broadway tickets at The Grand and make the experience your own in your guaranteed seats.

Season Ticket Prices

Area 1 : $166.50 (plus tax)

Area 2: $147.00 (plus tax)

Buy online, in person or over the phone at 478.301.5470.

An American In Paris March 27-28

(Note: Trailer from the Broadway production. We will update when video of current production becomes available)

Bandstand April 27-28

The Color Purple May 6-7

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