Attending ET live theater contributes to area culture

Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 23:22 - Written by BY FELICITY ENAS Guest Columnist

Support your local live theater!

When you attend a live theatre performance in East Texas you are contributing to the cultural vibrancy of a city. This in turn attracts diverse and talented people to populate our communities, which leads to continued investment in a variety of live theater venues. Without this audience, we actors, directors, set builders and techs have nothing to show.

Most of us in the “theater scene” are volunteers — we do it because we love it. Love the camaraderie of meeting and working with creative people like us and the joy of taking words on a page and transforming them into a 3D performance on a stage. To share insights into character development and plot twists and to create an evening’s entertainment, that would be worthy anywhere.

For those of you who enjoy being a part of the theater, there is something for everyone in East Texas. There are year-round classes taught to all ages, summer camps for the younger thespians, summer musicals for those who sing and act. Shakespeare for all!

When I read on the Internet or in the local newspapers about all that East Texas theaters have to offer year-round, I am truly astounded. We have a vibrant, passionate community of thespians who will work on a small budget to accomplish this entertainment for you.

So why should you attend live theater? First, to support your family and friends, should they be a part of the production. Second, with your continued attendance, you keep your entertainment dollars in the community ensuring the continuation of the theater.

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Because live theatre is not static, it is ever changing, from seeing the classics to learning from educational theater and discovering new works and talent. Last, — it’s fun!

Just look at this sampling of what is offered this summer:

Mineola — “ The Wizard of Oz”

Lindale — “Quilters — a musical”

Tyler — “Footloose,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged,” “Loesser + More,” “RENT — The Concert”

Kilgore — The Texas Shakespeare Festival

Athens — “Annie Get your Gun”

Plus summer theater camps are offered in every city.

If you think you may have missed a registration deadline for a theatre camp, APEX is offering the “last-chance” camp for young actors ages 7 and older, July 29 through August 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on this camp, please go to the website www.apextheatre20.com

So, let’s put “bums in seats” as we say across the “pond” and support local live theaters!