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.
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.