The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to bring a bit of movie magic to Statesboro with a series of drive-in movie features this spring.
The PAC will host four drive-in movies in the parking lot in front of the building throughout March, April, and May, with a range of titles to please all tastes: Dreamgirls, on March 6, with showtimes at 7pm and 10pm; Frozen, on March 20, with showtimes at 7:30pm and 10pm; The Notebook, on April 17, with showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm, and Ghostbusters, on May 1, with showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm. The price for admission is $10 per car. Spaces will be limited, so be sure to purchase your pass early!
PAC Director Stacie McDaniel says the whole staff is anxious to bring this new programming to their audience, noting, “We are just so pleased to be able to engage with the community and offer some fun activities to get folks out of the house, and to do so in a safe way!”
Please note that face masks or coverings must be worn when using the restrooms inside the PAC and when interacting with on-site staff.
Car passes are $10 and are on sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase your pass over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
Statesboro Landmarks Coloring Page
Looking for a few extra activities while the kids are at home? If you have a printer, feel free to click on any of these images for a printable PDF coloring page. There are also facts and summaries of each landmark you can use to teach your kids a little something about Statesboro.
The first coloring page is all of the landmarks combined and based on a vintage-style print available at the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Averitt Center for the Arts
This beautiful building, constructed in 1911, was originally the Bank of Statesboro. Sadly, the bank closed down in 1932 after it could not recover from a “run on the bank” during the Great Depression.
The City bought the building in 1997 after decades of various uses and they established a community arts center for the downtown area.
The Averitt Center for the Arts has been very careful to upkeep the historical integrity of the building, and the old Bank of Statesboro now contains art galleries, visual and performing arts studios, classrooms, and office space.
Bulloch County Courthouse
The centerpiece of downtown Statesboro is the Bulloch County Courthouse. The courthouse was deliberately placed at a high point to permanently make it the most prominent landmark around. The commercial hub of the city developed around the courthouse square.
The courthouse was built in 1894 and renovated in 1914. Since then it’s been renovated several times using many different colors of brick. It was eventually completely coated in white plaster until the county commission decided to restore the courthouse to it’s original look by removing some of the plaster and painting over the rest. The courthouse is still in use today!
Eagle Nation on Parade
Eagle Nation On Parade is a public art project that salutes the University’s traditions, celebrates the unity of campus and community, contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in Statesboro, and supports student scholarships and research.
These eagles can be seen all over Statesboro, each painted with a different theme. Create your own theme on this eagle!
For more information on Eagle Nation on Parade CLICK HERE
Emma Kelly Theater
Originally called the Georgia Theater, it was constructed in 1936 in the Art Deco style, reflecting the glamour of Hollywood. It was among the first of its kind to offer air conditioning and steam heat, as well as a coffee shop in the library.
The theater was operated as a movie theater until the 1970s, previewing movies such as Gone With The Wind in 1940.
In 1997, the City of Statesboro purchased the building for renovation as part of the Averitt Center project.
It was decided the theater would be named after local legend Emma Kelly, the “Lady of 6000” songs. She was dubbed this title by songwriter Johnny Mercer. Kelly sang for many U.S. Presidents and appeared in John Berendt’s ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.’
Allen E. Paulson Stadium
Paulson Stadium is the 25,000 seat home of the Georgia Southern Eagles Football team. It completed construction in 1984 and coined “The Prettiest Little Stadium in America” by legendary Coach Erk Russell. It has also become known as “Our House” by Eagles fans.
The stadium was named after the founder and owner of Gulfstream Aerospace, Allen E. Paulson, who donated $1 million to the project. A $10 million renovation was completed in 2014.
Fun Fact: The first touchdown in Paulson Stadium is credited to Tracy Ham (quarterback) after a 36 yard run in September of 1984.
City Hall / Historic Jaeckel Hotel
The current City Hall was once the social center of town. In 1905, the Jaeckel Hotel opened its doors to the booming tourist city. The hotel was constructed by local architect AJ Franklin for Berlin–native Gustave Jaeckel.
The first floor of the hotel contained a grand dining hall and gentlemen and ladies parlors. The porch on the second floor once sported a garden and canvas cover for use in the warm months.
The hotel played host to many guests like: Henry Ford, William Jennings Bryan, former Secretary of State; Blind Willie McTell who played countless songs on the hotel steps, and Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1935.
In 1994, the city purchased the hotel, and after a $1.5 million renovation, readapted it to become City Hall. The historic character of the Jaeckel is still present in the building and the old neon sign for the hotel hangs on the east side.
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to be partnering with Georgia Southern Theatre & Performance to present Broadway favorite “Godspell” as part of their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series. The show opens on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm, and will run through March 1.
Godspell boasts a score with chart-topping songs, led by hit “Day by Day.” In the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.
Written in 1971, Godspell embodies the spirit of 70’s generations rock musicals. Since its inception, this show has toured the country and been a musical theatre standard in schools, universities and churches. In 2011 it was revisited by its creators and updated for the 21st century. The same songs are there, with a richer and deeper musical voice and the formal addition of “Beautiful City.” It is this revival that is being performed at Georgia Southern. In addition to “Day by Day”, old favorites like “Prepare Ye” and “By My Side” will be easily recognized by audiences.
Godspell Director Lisa Abbott notes, “The magic of this show is the community it creates not just with the cast but with the audience as well. The message of the show is about acceptance and love and the cast and crew have enjoyed creating ways to tell that story with open hearts and open minds.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and 10 for youth 17 and under and are on sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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The 2019-2020 Main Stage Series at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is heating up! Up next, the GSUPAC presents cirque-style acrobatics with a mechanical twist. Cirque Mechanics: 42FT is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now!
Las Vegas-based troupe Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 and quickly established itself as a premier American circus with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling, and innovative mechanical staging. Spectacle Magazine hailed the group as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.” Finding its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity, Cirque Mechanics prides itself of timeless and relevant message – not to mention jaw-dropping spectacle.
Their new show, 42 FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels focuses on the glory days of the traveling one-ring circus, showcasing a mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame to display the feats of strongmen, dazzling acrobats, and flying aerialists. So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of Statesboro to the Cirque Mechanics world of gears, canvas, pulleys, and stardust.
GSUPAC Director Stacie McDaniel notes, “In an effort to bring something really unique to our community, I have been working to get Cirque Mechanics to Statesboro for years – and we’ve finally made it happen! I have had the pleasure of watching the Acrobats of China as well as Cirque du Soleil, but Cirque Mechanics truly brings something fresh and exciting to the table that gives all other cirque shows a run for their money!”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for youth 17 and under and are on sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to present country music super group Lonestar for the opening performance of their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now and going quickly!
Just over two decades ago, Lonestar was formed when destiny brought together four Texas musicians trying to make their way to country stardom in Nashville, TN. Now, more than 20 years after they began their journey, they have logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released multiple Platinum-selling albums, and earned ten No. 1 hit singles, including “No News,” “Come Crying to Me,” and the pop-chart crossover smash, “Amazed.”
The band’s awards include a 1999 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Single of the Year and the 2001 Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year. Known for excellent songwriting, pure vocals, and exuberant instrumental tracks, Lonestar merges strong country roots with catchy, memorable melodies. Today, Lonestar continues to inspire rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
Says Performing Arts Center Director Stacie McDaniel, “Lonestar’s music has been the soundtrack of so many people’s lives, and I know they are going to put on a show to remember here in Statesboro. This is going to be such a special and memorable evening! I’m anticipating a sold-out show, so purchase your tickets now!”
Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for youth 17 and under, and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are also available. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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Georgia Southern’s Performing Arts Center Welcomes Big Stars and Hit Shows in Their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is knee-deep in tickets this week as they begin their season subscription drive for the upcoming 2019-2020 Main Stage Series. Full season packages are available for patrons who wish to come to all six shows, while a flexible package option allows patrons to purchase advanced tickets to three or more shows. All season subscribers enjoy the privilege of choosing their seats early and maintaining their seat choice throughout the season in addition to the best ticket prices.
This year’s season takes patrons on a trip across the United States, featuring big stars and hit shows from across the country. Beginning with Texas-born and Nashville-based country legends Lonestar, famous for their No. 1 crossover smash “Amazed,” we then venture further west with a glitzy Vegas-style cirque performance from Cirque Mechanics who take the glory days of the American circus to the next level. Next, Broadway comes to Statesboro with the national tour of the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical The Color Purple. Then we start 2020 off laughing with Chicago’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, and their all-improv performance, Improv All-Stars. In February, the PAC partners with Georgia Southern’s Theatre & Performance to present another Broadway favorite, Jesus Christ Superstar, before finally ending the season strong with a nostalgic performance of beloved Motown artists – The Drifters, Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. Visit the PAC website at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac for detailed descriptions, dates and times.
PAC patrons have expressed their excitement about the new season. Season subscriber Joanna Schreiber says, “The PAC has put together yet another amazing season of entertainment.” Another subscriber, Christina Olson, adds, “From musical arts to theatre to comedy, there’s something for everyone!”
Previous season ticket holders can renew their subscription now through August 23 while those interested in becoming new subscribers this year can do so beginning August 26. Full season packages are $130 per seat, while flexible package prices vary depending on show choice. Tickets to individual shows will be available starting September 3. Visit the PAC Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase your subscription over the phone at 912-478-7999. Single tickets will be available online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
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The GSUPAC Presents Inaugural “Emerging Artist Series” Featuring Banditos Plus Local Up-and-Coming Talent
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to present the first-ever Emerging Artists Series performance, featuring Americana band, Banditos. With this program, the GSUPAC aims to support emerging artists who are new to the industry but are at the top of their genre and show great promise.See this unique show on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now!
Hailing from Birmingham, AL, one of the southern rock capitals of the country, Banditos has been described by Rolling Stonemagazine as “equal parts alt-country twang and garage rock bang.” Featuring three vocalists, steel guitar, banjo, upright bass, and hot-footed drums, Banditos sound is stuffed with unique rhythms and energetic melodies. Influenced by rock, soul, bluegrass, and folk, their music is both unexpectedly sweet and electric. Having performed all across the globe at prominent events such as the Newport Folk Festival and Hangout Fest, they now bring their talents here to Statesboro.
The GSUPAC is also planning a special pre-show event. Between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on the evening of the show the PAC will be hosting a mini-festival in their parking lot, with food trucks, lawn games, and live music showcasing local up-and-coming artists. This event is free and open to the public. More details, including names of featured artists and vendors, to be announced. Follow the GSUPAC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the latest updates!
Says GSUPAC Director Stacie McDaniel, “Our staff feels so passionately about supporting artists at the beginning of their careers, who often get overlooked in favor of ‘big names’. With this event, we have the opportunity to showcase some amazing talent and introduce new audiences and broaden some horizons. This is just about having fun and enjoying something fresh and different – come see them before they’re famous!”
Tickets are $12/reserved seat, or $20/reserved seat plus access to a VIP room with special food and drink service. On sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern students and faculty/staff. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase tickets over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
DISCLAIMER: Music may contain adult language and themes.
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Theatre South invites you to an evening of murder and mayhem. Six original short plays by student playwrights. See you there…if you dare.
The Ten-Minute Play Festival is an annual program produced by Theatre South, in association with Georgia Southern Theatre. The submitted plays were sent out to a panel of respondents including alumni, theatre professionals, and faculty. The top scoring plays are presented in a staged reading in the Spring Semester.
The Theatre South student club is an open student group that accepts members from all majors. The students host guest artists and run workshops on various theatre topics from improv, to dance, to audition skills, and building a resume.
The Ten-Minute Play Festival will hold on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Sanford Hall, Room 1002. Admission is Free.
See you there . . . If you dare.