Get Involved in Your Local Community Theater

Hannah Swayze

Sometimes community theater gets a bad rap.

I have a few choice words to say to those people that my bosses would never let me publish under the Press’ banner. 

 Hannah Swayze as Meg and Matt Quick as Duncan in Johnson City Community Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "Leading Ladies."

Hannah Swayze as Meg and Matt Quick as Duncan in Johnson City Community Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "Leading Ladies."

Why this is — I’m not really sure. Maybe they’d rather go see a professional show with working actors. Maybe they’re not into live theater. I can only conclude that these opinions were concluded by those who have never really given it a chance.

I could sit here and type all the reasons that we should all invest time and money into our local theaters. Theater is the most collaborative form of art and a difficult art. Backstage, you learn electrical engineering, setting up lights, carpentry by building big, elaborate sets, leadership skills by stage-managing and even aspects of business by marketing, selling tickets and producing a show. Throughout the rehearsal process, especially as an actor, you are taught how to collaborate as a team, memorize lines, to hone your craft and how to fail.

However, I can’t force you, dear reader, to do anything. I can only try my best to explain to you why I feel this way.

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