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Peach State Summer Theatre active after two decades


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  The Peach State Summer Theatre celebrates 20 years of performances with three musicals this summer. Actors and those involved in any aspect of theatre have been visiting Valdosta for the last six summers from all over the country putting on performances and building the musicals.

Carpenters put the finishing touches on the Secret Garden set. This is opening night.  "I really like the secret garden I think that show is fantastic," said Isaac Huntington, Valdosta State University student.

This year is the 20th anniversary for Peach State Summer Theatre. Every year people from across the nation build the sets, rehearse, and perform three musicals. 

"We think the professional quality of the performance is something that's unusual for a town like Valdosta. We employ a member of the Actor's Equity Union," said Jaque Wheeler of the Peach State Summer Theatre.

For weeks, the company works 10 hour days but they enjoy the work.  "It's been intense," said  Huntington. "I've never worked like I have here and I think it's been a cool life experience and all the people I work with are really cool."

So far they've put on Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Disney's Mulan. And on Saturday Peach State is offering a "Pay What You can" performance for Mulan. "We also are committed to providing educational opportunities through the kinds of productions we present," said Wheeler.

She says they also encourage tourism to Valdosta. And since the musicals rotate, you can see all three shows in a two day period.

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