I just realized I’ve been remiss in writing on a topic of great importance to myself, not to mention the most fulfilling and fun experience of my life, so today we’re gonna talk about something essential to our communities, and to humanity.
I am speaking of community theater… (cue sound of crickets chirping). No, no, don’t go away… please.
Since the dawn of time, the theater has been a uniquely human form of expression, delving deep into our collective psyches. True, in the past hundred years or so, film and television have all but replaced live theater, but you really gotta give live theater a try. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about live theater that can never be replicated on screen, especially when it’s in a room the size of a shoebox.
For those of you under the impression that live theater is stuffy, over-the-top, outdated, and outrageous, let me tell you that isn’t usually the case… unless you really don’t like Shakespeare. Rather, a lot of community theaters are doing crazy, original pieces with more creativity than you can shake a stick at… not that you’d actually shake a stick at it (it’s a metaphor).
Beyond simply enjoying the presentation, there are other aspects you can indulge in, such as acting, directing, tech, and, of course, writing. Community theaters are always looking for new talent, or the next show to put on, and the majority of them are volunteer organizations. In fact, one show I attended last week donated all the proceeds to cancer research (and truthfully I think that hour of entertainment was worth way more than a mere ten bucks).
I could list many more factoids and anecdotes, but on a topic such as this, I can’t help but add my personal truths to the matter. Community theater has, on more than one occasion, changed my life for the better. More than giving me a place to go and something to do, it has challenged me to grow as both an actor and a person. Every show presents a new set of challenges, constantly pushing me to better myself and the production. And truthfully if we aren’t challenging ourselves, how can we grow at all?
I can’t say that every community theater will always have a fun, entertaining, original, new show, but neither does television. Furthermore, don’t you think an excuse to get out of the house for some entertainment is worthwhile? Besides having a fun night (in eye-popping 3D), you’re probably also helping some other individuals live out their dreams, making it one of the easiest good deeds of the day.