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Mike Funt to host clown workshop in Newnan

Mike Funt to host clown workshop in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Professional clown Mike Funt will return to his hometown of Newnan later this month for a clown workshop and special production.

Funt's workshop is open to all high school students, from rising freshmen to members of the Class of 2014. It will be held June 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Coweta County's Centre for Performing and Visul Arts.

The workshop costs $75 and includes tickets to The Day They Hung the Elephant at the Centre.

Funt lives in Los Angeles and is production manager for Four Clowns. He is also the current head of the Theatre Department for the prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program. He earned a BFA in theatre performance from Valdosta State University.

'The Day They Hung the Elephant' coming to The Centre

'The Day They Hung the Elephant' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The stage adaptation of a chilling true story will grace The Centre's stage this month.

The Day They Hung the Elephant is based on the tale of Mary, a circus elephant who was killed by the angry residents of a Tennessee town after she killed a man.

"It happened one fateful afternoon in September of 1916," Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts said in a release:

Mary the Elephant was on her parade route near the railroad building town of Erwin, Tenn. After heated debate as to the best way to kill an elephant, the town made Mary pay for her crime by hanging her from a train derrick.

The story is told through the eyes of a circus clown who trained and worked with Mary, and relives the horrible details of her death every day.

The Centre to host musical theatre camp

The Centre to host musical theatre camp

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts will host a musical theatre camp for area children in July.

The camp is open to kids in grades 4-6. It costs $175 per camper and will run July 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Camp will conclude with a performance of Disney's The Aristocats Kids on Friday, July 18 at 5 p.m.

Registration closes June 13. Visit thecentreonline.net for more information about musical theatre camp.

The Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

'The Glass Castle' coming to The Centre

'The Glass Castle' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- An adaptation of Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir The Glass Castle will grace the stage of Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts later this month.

Sarah Franek will perform the one-woman show, which was written and directed by Wynn Handman, on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

The Glass Castle tells the true story of Walls' dysfunctional childhood. Her parents, Rex and Rose, often left Walls and her siblings to fend for themselves as they traveled the country, all in pursuit of Rex's vision of a better future -- life inside a mythical "glass castle."

Tickets for The Glass Castle are $10 general admission or $2 for all Coweta County students and school system employees. Visit thecentreonline.com for more information and to reserve your seat.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.