In its nine years as a professional theater company, the Maples Repertory Theatre has expanded its production schedule from three to six full-scale shows, as well as staging occasional cabaret concerts. "No one really expects a town the size of Macon to support professional theatre," says Artistic Director Todd Davison. "We are proving that great theatre is valued by people even if they don't live in a metropolitan area." The company produces its shows at the historic Royal Theatre, named because of the moat that once encircled the VIP seats. Built in 1889, the intimate, 400-seat venue was originally an opera house and underwent an extensive renovation in the 1990s.
With close to 1,000 jumps packed beneath its collective parachute, Skydive Mid America grants humans the gift of temporary flight during jumps that place safety above all else. More than six years worth of experience backs the company's airborne adventures, which reach heights of up to 9,500 feet and include supersonic free falls that last 30 to 40 seconds. Skydive Mid-America remains open seven days per week until 7 p.m., leaving open a nightly window for sunset jumps.
At Columbia Speed Academy, experienced and certified trainers are a resource young athletes use to enhance their performance with laser-focused custom training and nutrition programs. The trainers tap their experience earned in college-level track and field or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to develop training methods that combine plyometrics and treadmills to improve clients' speed while preventing injury. The academy's facility boasts equipment including hurdles, treadmills, Jacob?s Ladders, and plyometric boxes to use during intensive training sessions. Athletes can further augment the results of their programs with Nutrition 101 classes and individually composed theme songs.
Game On gives visitors access to a slew of popular PC and console games, routinely hosting LAN tournaments for popular titles in its 2,000-square-foot facility. Gamers can down energy drinks or sip cocktails while playing PC games on custom-built machines with 16 GB of RAM and ATI video cards** or compete in recent titles on the current generation of consoles.
At the Zombie Rampage 5K Run, the horror and excitement of the mythicized zombie apocalypse comes to life at Stephens Lake Park. Runners choose whether they want to be zombies or humans. Humans get a head start and attempt to outrun zombies looking to "infect" (tag) them and take their human cards. In turn, zombies must safeguard their health flags, which can be stolen by humans or other zombies. At the end of the race, the fastest human wins, and the zombie who infected the most humans while maintaining at least one health flag wins. Throughout the course, runners can avail themselves of first-aid stations or hydration stations as the need arises. All proceeds from the Zombie Rampage 5K Run benefit the University of Missouri Rowing Club.