‘Driving Miss Daisy’ rides into town

"Driving Miss Daisy” will be performed by Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre  March 14 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. 2014 is the Centre’s 10th anniversary season. Photo/Special.

After opening the 2014 season with a return of the “Masters of Motown” in January and Shakespeare’s “MacBeth,” in February, the Centre in Newnan continues with several other performances this season.

The beloved “Driving Miss Daisy”comes to the Centre next Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan celebrates its 10th anniversary year with several community performances in the coming months, including a familiar Southern tale next week.

Located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan, the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is the Coweta County School System’s premier arts facility, and was constructed by the Coweta County Board of Education in 2004 through the community-supported Education Special Purpose Local Sales Tax (ESPLOST).

In addition to serving Coweta students, the Centre’s core mission is be “an extension of the classroom no matter the age of the student,” and the Centre’s staff and patrons are presenting a full slate of performances for the community throughout their winter season. For more information about the Centre, visit thecentreonline.netor call at 770-254-2787 (254-ARTS).

Brought to the Centre Stage by Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, Alfred Uhry’s classic play “Driving Miss Daisy” is a funny, timeless, searing, and ultimately hopeful meditation on growing old, relationships, and loyalty.

This iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions. “Driving Miss Daisy “ won the Pulitzer Prize and the film version of this beautiful story, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, won multiple Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era. “Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of Miss Daisy and her newly hired chauffeur Hoke.  The relationship of Daisy and Hoke - spanning a 25 year period - is a reflection of critical changes in American society, dealing with anti-semitism, racism, and class differences as the bond between the two principle figures grows ever stronger. Full of wit and charm, “Driving Miss Daisy” is moving in more ways than one.

Founded in 1809, Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States.
For more than 200 years, this venerable institution has stood the test of time to become a staple of Philadelphia’s, and for that matter, America’s cultural community.
The landmark theatre has been graced by some of America’s most legendary performers including Ethel Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Helen Hayes and Kathryn Hepburn, and has staged a remarkably wide range of entertainment and national events including circus, opera, vaudeville, lectures, music, dance, motion pictures, live theatre and even the first televised Presidential Debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. “Driving Miss Daisy” marks Walnut Street’s fourth national tour, following “The Glass Menagerie,” “Proof,” and “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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