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Deen Van Meer

Georgia has had its own share of musical superstars like Ray Charles, Ludacris and Childish Gambino. The Peach State is also a hot-bed for actors — aided and abetted by a booming TV and film industry. 

Those two artforms come toghether in musical theater. Georgia isn't traditionally known for seeding musicals, but fall is a fresh season for theatrical productions. Theatre critic and writer Kelundra Smith says we can expect some musical numbers this fall.


Courtesy of Alexis Woodard

Spelman College students are giving an old classic new features with their presentation of "R+J" ahead of Valentine's Day weekend. "R+J"  is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Students at Spelman and Morehouse College will incorporate hip-hop and Atlanta culture into their remake.  

Alexis Kulani Woodard is a junior at Spelman College. She directed "R+J" and spoke with "On Second Thought" about the production. Booker Vance also joined the conversation. Vance is an actor and plays Mercutio in the play.


Courtesy Georgia Thespian Conference

Columbus takes center stage for the annual Georgia Thespian Conference this weekend. Thousands of high school theater students with gather there for performances workshops and fundraising.

State Thespian Officer and Gainesville High School senior John Bush joined "On Second Thought" on the line from Columbus with reflections on the conference, which will be his last before heading off to college in the fall.