Community theater is the heart and soul of a community. I was lucky enough to be in Friday Harbour to experience “Rock On” featuring hit songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s put on by the San Juan Singers and the Chameleons. As I entered the theater I was delighted to see the audience dressed in their favorite glad rags from those decades. I was one of only 10 people in the audience that were visitors to the island that night. The folks around me welcomed me and thanked me for patronizing island lodging. I felt immediately like part of the community. The production was very high energy. The audience was dancing in the aisles.
For decades I maintained season subscriptions to Seattle’s top production theaters. I loved their fancy production sets and professional actors. I thoroughly enjoyed the shows. Last year I decided to try a smaller community theater instead. The sets were simpler, the casting was creatively non traditional. The audience smaller and more intimate. Curiously these productions touched my soul and stayed with me much longer than the larger stage.
I look forward in my travels to find community theaters all across the country during my travels.
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If you have any recommendations please feel free to post them as comments.