CULTIVATE – an environment for life-long learning with a focus on the arts and history.
The Plaza Arts Center hosts a variety of artistic activities for all ages and interests including art classes and camps, music instruction, theater performances and productions, and an annual photography show. These activities are offered at various times throughout the year.
The Old School History Museum
The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
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The Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA)
The Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts, the local community theater company, offers performance opportunities for local talent.
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The Plaza Community Center
The Plaza Community Center offers classes and activities to light even the smallest artistic spark. The Plaza Community Center building is directly behind the Plaza at 100 Ulysses Rice Court., located directly off Church Street just past the library parking lot entrance. The After School Arts Program, Video Course, and Summer Camps take place at the Community Center. Space is also open for event rentals and guest teachers.
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Kazanetti String Quartet
Formed in Atlanta in 1996, the Kazanetti String Quartet was appointed in 2008 as The Plaza Arts Center’s Artists-in-Residence. This award-winning group has distinguished itself across the country through its diverse programming and its commitment to excellence. Kazanetti has been honored with a Chamber Music America Rural Residency Grant in 2002. Concurrent with that grant, Kazanetti toured the Great American West – performing in colleges, schools, festivals and concert halls in Kansas and Colorado. The quartet has been invited to study and perform at the annual Kent Music Festival sponsored by the Manhattan String Quartet, and in 2003, Kazanetti was the opening act at the nationally renowned Silverton Folk Festival.
For more information about the Kazanetti String Quartet, please visit them online at www.Kazanetti.com
Free Curriculum-Based Programming for Local Students
Each year The Plaza opens its doors to Lake Country Schools for a variety of educational arts-based performance programming. This is made possible thanks to a generous Vibrant Communities Grant. For the past several years, The Plaza presented 4 different theater programs for local students each year. Each program is about an hour long followed by a “Talk Back” Q/A session with the actors. See the photo gallery below. Thanks to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre for their dynamic, engaging performances and tremendous talent. We love having you at the Plaza! Thanks also go to the Putnam County School System for their continued support of arts education.
2018-2019 School Year Performances:
April 10, 2019 – “And Then They Came for Me” – Grade 5 This powerful multi-media piece tells the story of the hidden children of the Holocaust. Two surviving friends of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, recount their stories on DVD, while actors portray their experiences during the Holocaust on stage.
April 11, 2019 – “STEAM TEAM” – Grades 3-8 What can happen when five neighborhood friends take their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics and join forces to help a friend in need? The S.T.E.A.M. Team is formed, and the neighborhood will never be the same. This play focuses on themes of project learning, anti-bullying, social change, and STEM/STEAM education. An Original Play by Topher Payne and directed by Laurel Crowe.
September 28, 2018 – “A Wrinkle in Time” – GRADES 4+ “It was a dark and stormy night”…Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murray house and beckons three children on the most dangerous and extraordinary adventure. Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. Themes: Science/Literature/Bullying/Family. By John Glore, adapted from the novel by Madeline L’Engle and Directed by Laurel Crowe
October 25 – “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook!” – GRADES K-5 Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. This show will capture the hearts of your students and give them the giggles for weeks to come! Themes: Literature/Friendship By Allison Gregory, based on the books by Barbara ParkDirected by Michael Vine
2017-2018 School Year Performances:
April 12, 2018 – “Jungle Book” – Grades K – 3 Mowgli is rambunctious and curious, scrappy and silly. This new adaptation finds a child lost in the Indian jungle, where he is adopted by Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Panther, and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. This fast-paced retelling keeps you perched on the edge of your seat!
April 13, 2018 – “And Then They Came For Me” – Grade 5 This powerful multi-media piece tells the story of the hidden children of the Holocaust. Two surviving friends of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, recount their stories on DVD, while actors portray their experiences during the Holocaust on stage.
May 4, 2018 – “Miss Nelson is Missing” – Grades K – 3 Musical. Miss Nelson’s class is the worst-behaved in the whole school. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher. In desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson…but will they ever get her back?
May 7, 2018 – “The Giver” – Grades 4 – 8 Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver – to receive and keep the memories of the community.
(Click thumbnail to open larger image)This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.