Grand Opera House offers student rush tickets

The Grand Opera House has announced that student rush tickets will now be available for all main stage shows this season. College students with valid photo ID may now purchase tickets at a discount.
Students may come to the Grand Box Office up to one hour prior to a performance and present a college ID to purchase any available ticket at a discounted price.
The new rush ticket policy began with the Tony Award-winning Blast! at the Grand Opera House. Blast! is a high-energy Broadway smash in which the music and musicians are the show itself.
The Mercer University Pep Band, accompanied by Toby Bear, opened the show with a set list including selections such as Krypton, Georgia, and the Mercer Fight Song.
Audience members were astonished during a performance lasting nearly 3 hours.
The talented cast met the audience at the conclusion of the show. A member of the Blast! ensemble remarked after the performance, “It’s a lot of work, but we get to perform for amazing audiences each night.”
The Grand has been bringing exceptional entertainment to Macon audiences since 1884, and the 2011-2012 season is no exception.
The Grand’s season lineup includes touring Broadway shows as Rain, In The Heights (winner of the Tony Award for best musical), Fiddler on the Roof, and Damn Yankees.
The Grand will also be hosting several shows by regionally acclaimed performers, including John Berry, The Blues Brothers, and a special one-day presentation of Mercer Theater’s Alice In Wonderland.
Directed by Scot Mann, Alice In Wonderland is the classic story about a girl who escapes into a world of her own creation.
Over 40 Mercer students are participating in the Mercer Theater production of Alice. Abby Howd, who will portray the title role, is excited to be involved in this production.
“I love playing Alice because I’ve been fascinated by her Wonderland since I first heard her story,” said Howd.
Howd describes the challenges she faces regarding character preconceptions as she takes on the title role in Alice In Wonderland.
“I think playing Alice is a challenge because the story is so familiar to all, and most everyone has either seen a production, watched one of the countless films, or read the book about her,” said Howd. “I hope to live up to all of everyone’s expectations but also bring something unique to the stage that is all my own.”
Alice In Wonderland is being promoted as a kickoff event to the Mercer homecoming festivities. It will be open Nov. 10 with a 9:30 a.m. performance, an 11:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.
Rush tickets will be available for Alice In Wonderland and all other main stage theater productions at the Grand Opera House this season. General admission tickets may also be purchased by calling (478) 301-5470.