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             Springer Opera               Academy, the largest theatre academy for the
             HOUSE                        training of young actors (5-18 years) in the
        Catch a musical, drama or comedy at the   Southeast.
        Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of
        Georgia. Opened in 1871, the Springer is now   “Gorgeous building, great shows!”
        one of only seven producing theatres that
        is also a National Historic Landmark. When
        it opened, the Springer was the grandest     Historic
        theatre between New York and New Orleans   LIBERTY THEATRE
        and served as a venue for shows traveling from   Opened in 1924, Columbus’ first Black theatre
        the Big Apple to the Big Easy, allowing them   continues to host musical events, plays, and
        to play and recoup some travel expenses.   classes. Placed on the National Register of
        Legendary talents who have appeared on the   Historic Places in 1984, the theater has
        Springer’s stage include such luminaries as   hosted such ground-breaking performers
        Edwin Booth, Buffalo Bill, John Phillip Sousa,   as Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, and
        Ma Rainey, Ethel Barrymore, Tom Thumb,   Columbus’ own Ma Rainey and her protégé,
        W.C. Fields, Chet Atkins, Burt Reynolds, and   Bessie Smith.
        Garrison Keillor. Today, the Springer is home
        to the Georgia Repertory Theatre which
        produces Mainstage, Studio II and Children’s   “The Liberty Theatre Cultural Center
        series of musicals and plays. The Springer   is an AMAZING place for aspiring
        is also the home of the Springer Theatre   artists to utilize their gifts…”

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