Valdosta Playhouse Gets Grant From State - SLIDE SHOW

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Valdosta, Georgia - July 5, 2011

It's a downtown institution, but like many attractions, the Dosta Playhouse needs more exposure.

"We're sort of the crown jewel in downtown Valdosta," says Clay Lee, the president of the Theater Guild Valdosta.

It's a jewel that will soon boast an electronic brochure advertising its place in history.

"That we'll mount here in the lobby of the Dosta Playhouse and we'll show that same slideshow on a smaller screen that we'll mount outside the building in a showcase so it can be running all the time," explains Lee.

The Dosta Theater opened in the forties as one of several movie houses in the Azalea City.

Movie reels were played from a projection room on the balcony. It's still in tact and even has three trap doors, from where the projectionist would send images to the screen.

About 50 years later, it re-opened as a theater named the Dosta Playhouse.

Six shows a year are produced here, including two for children.

"The show we're about to open in August is a different kind of musical and it'll reach a different set of people," says Lee.

Now, they're moving boards and putting up framework creating the set for the Great American Trailer Park Musical.

"We're not just a Rodgers and Hammerstein repertory theater," says Lee emphatically. "And we think once we can get people in the door just one time, they'll keep coming back."

The Great American Trailer Park Musical opens August 4.

The Dosta Playhouse is one of six in Georgia to receive a portion of a $2,500 grant.

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The Valdosta Playhouse is selected to receive a $960 grant from the state. Board members will use it to promote theater and the arts in the Azaela City.

We'll have more on this story this evening on Eyewitness News.


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