Jim Hammond Tells What’s So Great About Theater

With Theater Expert Jim Hammond

I jumped at the chance to interview Jim Hammond, Artistic and Managing Director of the Gainesville Theater Alliance. For one thing, Jim and I had met years earlier when we both served on the staff of Georgia College in Milledgeville.

Also, ever since college days, theater has fascinated me. In fact, just four days ago my wife and I attended a touring production of Phantom of the Opera at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.

Equally as important, I knew that by appearing as my guest in “The Communication Corner”–the show I host every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. on WBCX, 89.1 FM, “The Voice of Brenau”–Jim would bring plenty of inside information that would entertain, fascinate, and inform my listeners. I was right. During our interview, Jim discusses:

*How he moved from multi-sport athlete to theater director. . .at age 16
*Why theater has mesmerized followers for many centuries around the world
*The fluctuating relationship between religious organizations and the theatrical world
*How actors give “the illusion of the first time” after hundreds of performances
*Why we will see favorite productions repeatedly, though we know every scene so well
*How plays have stimulated significant, widespread social movements
*The incredible percentage of his graduates who moveĀ  into theater professionally
*Common stereotypes about actors–are they accurate?
*Theater as a necessity, not a luxury, even in a down economy

For more information, visit this site: http://www.gainesvilletheateralliance.org or call 678-717-3624

Now, to hear my interview with Jim, click the arrow below in the Podcast section of this blog page, located just above the Audio MP3 lettering.

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