MACON – Mercer Theatre's first performances in the newly completed Tattnall Square Center for the Arts – featuring William Shakespeare's The Tempest – were held in April at 1096 College Street.
As the new home of Mercer's theatre department, the Center also serves as a community theatre and arts venue. What was once a historic church that stood sentry for more than 100 years is now a carefully renovated multi-purpose arts space. Sunday School classrooms have been transformed into state-of-the-art teaching studios, a scene shop with a two-story loft, costume shop and storage, and faculty offices. The Center accommodates visual and performing arts, lectures, film screenings and workshops hosted by community arts organizations and weddings.
"The new facility has greatly enhanced the quality of theatre we can produce, as well as expanded the educational value of our theatre program at Mercer," said Theatre Director Scot Mann. "The cast of The Tempest included alumni, students and community members, as is fitting for a space that is focused on expanding the reach of arts programming in the local community."
Mercer Theatre will present four productions in the coming season, beginning with A Flea In Her Ear on Sept. 24-Oct. 4. Fiction will be the first "in-the-round" production on Nov. 12-22. Hedda Gabler will be presented on Feb. 18-28, followed by an evening of original works featuring Mercer University playwriting students on April 14-17.
General admission is $15, $10 with valid Mercer I.D. To reserve tickets, call The Grand Opera House box office at (478) 301-5470 or visit tickets.mercer.edu.
For more information on rental opportunities, community events and general facility questions, please contact Arts Center Coordinator Charise Stephens at (478) 301-2974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.