South Pacific sounds come to Americus

AMERICUS -- "South Pacific," Rodgers and Hammerstein's popular musical based on stories from World War II, opens March 25 at the Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus.

The show, famous for songs such "Some Enchanted Evening," features Ken DiNella as the suave French planter, Emile, and Christi Barr as the naive navy nurse, Nellie Forbush.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. March 28. Tickets for reserved seating at all performances are available at the Rylander box office, 310 W. Lamar St., phone (229) 931-0001 or toll-free 1 (877) 662-2312. Tickets can also be purchased online at and High School students with student ID can receive free tickets from the box office to any performance. Tickets ordered by Monday will include coupon booklets for discount purchases at Americus merchants.

Tracy Lawrence on tap at the State

ALBANY -- Country music star Tracy Lawrence is scheduled to perform April 2 at the State Theater, 313 Pine Ave. in Albany.

Lawrence has 17 No. 1 singles, including "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," "If You Loved Me," "sticks and Stones" and "Better Man, Better Off."

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 at Harvest Moon on Dawson Road. Tickets at the door will be $25.

Museum to host Youth Arts Day

ALBANY -- Saturday will be a special day for young artists in the area when the Albany Museum of Art hosts its "Youth Arts Day," designed to recognize young artists.

The event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the museum off Gillionville Road just east of Darton College.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day at the museum with your children and to celebrate young people in the arts," Nick Nelson, museum executive director, said.

Activities and events include the 30th annual Kiwanis Club Student Art Competition exhibit, artist demonstrations, face-painting, hands-on art activities, musical performances by local students, storytelling by Albany librarian Selena Wingfield and a special performance by storyteller/musician Chetter Galloway of Jamming with Jembe and Juba.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and admission is free during regular hours. Contact: (229) 439-8400 or