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Three neat things happen when you write an entertainment column for the Reporter. You preview the plays before the public sees them. You meet the actors who will be performing in the plays. You discover exceptional talent likely to play on bigger “Stages.”  

Let’s celebrate. Give a big cheer for the great entertainment opportunities presented in our community this past year. Name your favorite performance.  Was it “Happy Days the Musical” at The Rose, Mary Persons Music and Drama department’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” or was it some oth…

On Nov. 5, Mary Persons freshman Ethan Payne will compete against five others for 2017 Teen Artist at the Georgia Country Music Awards. He will perform before judges at Crazy Bull in Macon, which has hosted the event for the last three years. 

“Has she been murdered or did she just faint?” A startled William Russell, played by Rick Kmitta, wonders as he examines fallen show attendee, Mrs. Edwards, at the beginning of “Reserve Two for Murder” that opens Friday, Sept. 22 at The Rose Theater, Forsyth. “Reserve Two for Murder” by John…

The internationally-acclaimed Australian performance group The TEN Tenors will make Forsyth a stop on its 2017 “Home for the Holidays” Christmas Tour this December.

Forsyth’s new Fine Arts Center will host its most widely acclaimed star yet with the appearance of Peter Noone on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. as a prelude to the Forsythia Festival the following weekend. Noone is still best known for his part in the “British Invasion” when music from the U.…

A Monroe County 13 year old wowed country star Luke Bryan and 50,000 fans on Saturday night with an impromptu performance in Dallas.

Without cheerleaders at Monroe County Middle School, there would be no school spirit. Cheerleading pumps up the school. We are a part of the school pep rallies. We cheer and yell to increase the school’s spirit!! What if the football team had no one to pump them up? The team may not play gre…

Monroe County Middle School ended their season with a 28-21 loss to Fort Valley Middle School on Oct. 5. D.J. Martinez (above) kept the Bulldogs in the game, scoring three touchdowns including one on a kickoff return and the one shown above by extending the ball across the goal line. The Bul…

Single game tickets for the 2016-2017 Macon Mayhem regular season are now on sale. Tickets for regular season Mayhem home games are now available.

Hurricane Matthew disrupted the lives of millions of Americans this past weekend. A goodly number of these folks from coastal counties in Georgia and South Carolina headed northwest to Forsyth to escape his wrath. Snowbirds from Midwestern states making their annual trek to Florida chose For…

An epic clash will play out on the Mercer University field on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. as the Brunettes meet the Blondes. Actually the ladies taking the field are more allies than foes as they work together to battle Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Mary Persons Black and Gold Bulldog Brigade competed at the Wolverine Classic at West Forsyth High School in Cumming on Sept. 24. The MP band received straight superior ratings as well as first place drum major, first place auxiliary, first place percussion, first place band all the AA d…

The brains behind the Doc Holliday Beer, Wine & Art Festival present Zombierfest, a craft beer festival to take place on Saturday, October 8 in downtown Griffin, Georgia. Featuring more than 60 handpicked craft beers, wines, and ciders; a hair-raising zombie costume contest; freaky carni…

Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits.

Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh. ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ by Joseph Kesserling is set to premier Oct. 7 at The Rose. This farcical comedy introduces you to the Brewster sisters and their zany, maniacal family. Can you imagine two sweet spinster aunts who populate their cellar with the remains…

Live theater typically features actors who memorize the dialogue in a play and then use their interpretation to create the characters featured in the story. A Radio Play usually features a group of actors who read a script using their voices to create the characters in the story. As an added…

John Walton, who is professionally known as ‘Jon Clawd,’ invited his Forsyth hometown to a party on Saturday, and many came to enjoy an end-of-summer get-together at the city’s Kynette Park. Monroe Fest 2016 was like a family reunion for the community, where people of all ages could relax an…

The Eclectic Jazz Band and the Liberty Singers Chorale are joining forces to present “A Salute to America” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at The Rose Theater. Musical treats associated with freedom and liberty will highlight the performance. Asi…

Dawn Carter of Bolingbroke was able to guess exactly the weight of Doug Justice’s jumbo-sized watermelon at the Forsyth Farmers Market on Aug. 5 and win $20 in produce from Justice Farms. Justice said the big melon weighed in at 132 pounds.

Monroe County backyards are often home to both the southeastern and five-lined skink (often called scorpions by some).  These common lizards are familiar to most of us since we often see them scampering across our porches and decks or basking on logs and rocks. Yet, I would be willing to bet…

Michael Whitfield, 11, of Bolingbroke, caught this giant blue catfish on a bream at Lake Sinclair earlier this month. Whitfield is a rising sixth grader at Monroe County Middle School. He is the son of Alan and Amie Whitfield.

Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits.

“Footloose” brings music, dance and drama to the stage via 41 local actors and a talented musical director, managing director and choreographer. See complete story on page C1. (Photo/Richard Dumas)

Summer is the very best time of the year for Monroe County hummingbird watchers. It is when Monroe Countians host more hummingbirds than they do at any other time of the year. 

When parents began asking Elizabeth Holloway and others about activities for their children with special needs in Monroe County this summer, Holloway found that there were not a lot of opportunities. Holloway is an ACCESS teacher and faculty advisor of the Best Buddies Club at Mary Persons; …

Special Summer Programs at Monroe County Library for children this week will be ‘Zumba!’, a high energy workout with dance music led by Holli Shipman, on Wednesday, July 13; ‘Exercise Your Pipes,’ a chance to loosen vocal chord and sing along with Sandy Watson, on Thursday, July 14; and ‘Wet…

Whether you’ve been pickin’ and grinnin’ for years, or you’ve just recently started your musical journey, The Anvil Room offers an opportunity to share your gift with others. Open Mic Night Wednesday resumes July 20th and runs from 6-10 p.m. This event is open to all skill levels and all mus…