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JMU Forbes Center welcomes community with free open house

jmu forbes centerThe Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University is opening its doors to the Harrisonburg community and beyond for an open house on Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free of charge to the public. Open house highlights include backstage tours every 15 minutes as well as educational workshops and mini performances in the venues every 15 minutes.

Guests can attend an interactive dance workshop and mini theatre and musical theatre performances; learn how to play the ukulele with JMUke; learn about the design and construction of Steinway pianos; learn about lighting and sound design; experience demonstrations on stage combat, stage makeup techniques, and percussion concepts; and learn about the development of costumes from the page to the stage and through the ages. Children can also make theatre masks, get their faces painted, and participate in theatre games. In addition, attendees can sign up to win free tickets to upcoming Forbes Center performances.

Free parking will be available in the Warsaw Parking Deck, directly behind the Forbes Center.

For tickets to Forbes Center events, visit or call the Forbes Center Box Office at (540) 568-7000. Contact Jen Kulju, public relations coordinator at the Forbes Center, at (540) 568-4394 or by e-mail at for further information about the open house.

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is comprised of the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance and the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance and houses five state-of-the-art performance venues: the Mainstage Theatre (450 seats), the Concert Hall (600 seats), the Recital Hall (198 seats), the Studio Theatre (200 seats) and the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre (200 seats). It also includes classroom, rehearsal and office facilities.

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