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News: Oglethorpe’s Conant Performing Arts Center partners with local theaters  

Horizon Theatre will bring Avenue Q to the Conant.
Horizon Theatre will bring Avenue Q to the Conant.

Oglethorpe University has partnered with three Atlanta arts organizations — Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company and Capitol City Opera Company — to present performances and provide educational opportunities at its Conant Performing Arts Center.

The Conant Center had been the home of Georgia Shakespeare, but financial duress forced the 29-year-old company to shut down last October.

“With the unfortunate dissolution of Georgia Shakespeare in the fall, we were committed to exploring new partners in the arts that were not only rooted in excellence and quality, but also would offer significant hands- on learning opportunities for our students and complement our theater and music programs,” said Lawrence Schall, Oglethorpe University’s president.

“These new partnerships will bring a unique set of programs to the Oglethorpe University campus from each theater.”

Capitol City Opera will use the space to fulfill its educational mission, both to nurture the talent of aspiring local opera singers by giving them a chance to perform in a full production and to expose children to opera. It will mount The Abduction from the Seraglio March 27 to 29 and a children’s matinee of Hansel & Gretel on March 28.

The Alliance Theatre will host three summer camps, two geared toward primary school children and the third for high-schoolers. Oglethorpe theater majors will be hired as teaching assistants at the camp’s three two-week sessions.

Horizon Theatre will bring its popular production Avenue Q to the Conant in June for a multiweek run. Two Oglethorpe theatre students will perform in this production.

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