William B. Bell Auditorium

Located in downtown Augusta, the Bell Auditorium offers a proscenium stage and 10 dressing rooms.

Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 10000
  • Total Sq. Ft. 10000
  • Reception Capacity 1100
  • Theatre Capacity 2690
  • Banquet Capacity 688
  • Classroom Capacity 500
Bell Auditorium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 10000
  • Width: 90
  • Length: 110
  • Theater Capacity: 2690
  • Classroom Capacity: 500
  • Banquet Capacity: 688
  • Reception Capacity: 1100

Shen Yun

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A Gift from Heaven
IN ANCIENT TIMES, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a gift from heaven. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. Traditional Chinese culture carried these principles for thousands of years—until this world was lost.

We now invite you to visit this lost civilization. To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.

A Lost Treasure—You Cannot See in China Today
THE AUTHENTIC CHINESE culture Shen Yun presents can’t be seen in another show or even in China. There, the Communist Party sees traditional culture as a threat to its power and for decades has tried to destroy it. It nearly succeeded.

But in 2006, a group of elite Chinese artists came together in New York with a mission—to revive traditional culture and share it with the world. They created Shen Yun and brought this majestic culture back from the brink of extinction.

Join us in this historical moment. It is an unforgettable journey!

Jackson Browne with Guest Greg Leisz

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Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne announces an acoustic tour beginning next year, with a stop at The Bell Auditorium on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Accompanying Jackson Browne on tour is renowned multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage

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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.

Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking and adventurous theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Georgia Bridal Show

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You’ve been online searching wedding ideas and trends. Now it’s time to see all of this come to life! Don’t leave your dream wedding to chance…Meet face to face with wedding professionals, and find everything you need in one place and in one day! Meet the photographer behind the photos, taste the cake, listen to the DJ’s music, see the gowns and tuxedos in person, talk to a honeymoon specialist about the right trip for your budget and so much more! Also, see the South’s award-winning bridal fashion show production at 3pm.

Under the Streetlamp

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For more info and to purchase tickets visit http://soaugusta.org/event/under-the-streetlamp/

Retro never sounded so now! As seen on PBS, Under the Streetlamp performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook. Experience their tight harmonies and slick dance moves live in concert with Symphony Orchestra Augusta!

 

The Illusionists - Live From BroadwayTM

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Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Augusta! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAYTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

A Night at the Cotton Club

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Byron Stripling, guest conductor
Musicians Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, and Bob Breithaupt and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy join SOA to transport you to the jazz era of the 1920s with music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald!

POPS! A Night at the Cotton Club

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For more info and to purchase tickets visit http://soaugusta.org/event/night-cotton-club/ 

Musicians Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, and Bob Breithaupt and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy join SOA to transport you to the jazz era of the 1920s with music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald!

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?

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The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones. All ages welcomed!

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour

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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20TH anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.