Thu., March 27, 2014 8:02am (EDT)

Middle Ga. Weekend: "War Horse" Brings Life-Size Puppet To The Douglass
By Adam Ragusea
Updated: 4 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Macon's Douglass Theatre will screen National Theatre Live's broadcast of the play "War Horse" Sunday, featuring an elaborate full-size horse puppet. (Photo: courtesy <a href="http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/">National Theatre</a>)
Macon's Douglass Theatre will screen National Theatre Live's broadcast of the play "War Horse" Sunday, featuring an elaborate full-size horse puppet. (Photo: courtesy National Theatre)
Macon DJ Roger Riddle and Y-O Latimore of Poetic Peace Arts join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.

Roger's picks for March. 27:

Stargazing at the Museum of Arts and Sciences

As a kid I was always staring at the stars.

I was dreaming about being in a spaceship and traveling to distant worlds and meeting being on other planets. I would stare at Orion and the Bid Dipper and wonder what the planets around each of those stars was like.

I am still utterly fascinated by the night sky. I can still lose myself staring into the night sky in awe of how beautiful it is.

There are plenty of people out there who are just like me. We can all come together and get our night sky fix because it's time for the Museum of Arts and Science's “Sky Over Macon.”

Head to the Mark Smith Planetarium for a show that will describe all of the stars, planets, constellations, and even special events that are visible in the sky at night over our area.

Once the planetarium show is finished, then you can head to the observatory where you can see all you just learned through some of the most powerful telescopes in there area.

Planetarium doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Viewing in the observatory is free and open to all. It begins at 10 p.m.

"War Horse" at the Douglass Theatre

My inner child plans to have a good time this weekend. There is so much to do around Macon with Cherry Blossom festivities going on.

There's the fair in Central City Park, Saturday night's Cherry Blossom Music Festival, the Mulberry Street Arts Festival, the Food Truck Frenzy, and so much more!

But something that really speaks to the young kid in me is the Douglass Theatre's broadcast of National Theatre Live's “War Horse.”

As a kid I loved watching puppets. I was a huge fan of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street and the main character in “War Horse” is the most technically beautiful puppet I've ever seen.

This life-size puppet of a horse comes to life so realistically that at the same time you are floored by the fact that the people on stage are bringing it to life so masterfully, the puppetry itself never gets in the way of this incredible story about France's involvement in World War I.

Admission is $20 or $15 for seniors. The broadcast begins Sunday at 3 p.m.

--Roger


Y-O's picks for March. 27:

The Ten Tenors at the Grand

The Ten Tenors have graced many stages over the last 15 years. This year alone, they will perform in the United States, Germany and Australia.

It all started out as a clique of college buddies who performed to make extra pocket change. What started out as a typical tenor ensemble has evolved into a combination of opera and rock.

They use this approach to reach traditional and new audiences. For instance, they may take a prompt from one of Meatloaf's pieces of work to portray what has been coined as rock opera.

This Saturday, they will perform at The Grand Opera House, as the Butler Lexus Broadway Series presents "The Ten Tenors: On Broadway."

You can catch them live at 2:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. They will be singing some of Broadway's magnificent melodies. The shows may sell out, so you may want to get an advance ticket. They are priced from $39 to $45.

To purchase tickets, go here or call 478-301-5470.

PCPAS performance at Central High

Many times, we are bombarded by the negative activities going on with our inner city youth.

Well, the Phillips Children's Performing Arts Studio, also referred to as PCPAS, is helping to bring out more of the positive with these young ones.

Each year, they put on shows that display music, dance and oratorical performances with children ranging from ages 3 to young adults.

PCPAS does not limit their students with learning about the disciplines of art. They also teach them etiquette. As a matter of fact, in order to perform for their family and the public, the students must show they have grasped these rules of conduct.

This Saturday, March 29, Phillips Children's Performing Arts Studio presents their annual 2014 dance showcase.

This year it's titled, "Putting on the Glitz" at Central High School from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.Their performance combines hip hop and jazz.

Admission is free. It's a perfect event for the family to enjoy.

--Y-O