Consider This: Live Theater

Many of us here at WECT are transplants. We chose to move here not only as a career decision, but also for the wonderful lifestyle the area affords us with its river, beaches, golf courses and a historical downtown district.

But one of the things that surprised us when we got here was the amazing amount of arts and entertainment options, particularly in live theater. This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the Thalian Community Theater production of "Cats." It was terrific, and I'm looking forward to seeing its productions of "Over the River and Through the Woods" in December and local celebrity Pat Hingle in "Tuesdays with Morrie" in March.

Also excellent this fall were the Opera House Theater Company productions of "1776" and "Little Shop of Horrors." Its production of "Golden Boy" begins a two-week run on October 25 in the Studio Theater at Thalian Hall.

Snead's Ferry Community Theater just wrapped up its production of "Harvey" this past weekend. Big Dawg Productions is performing "Moby Dick: Rehearsed" in the Studio Theater at Thalian Hall this weekend, and City Stage at Level 5 begins its 4-week run of the "Rocky Horror Show." During the week, two improv groups perform in that theater: "The Other Side" on Tuesdays and "Changing Channels" on Thursdays.

The Thalian Association Children's Theater is staging the musical "You Ain't Nothin' But A Werewolf" at the Community Arts Center this weekend, then they begin work on their holiday musical "Santa.Claus."

So, if you're a theater-buff, or would like to become one, you don't have to venture far to see great quality live theater. It's right here in your own back yard. You'll hardly ever hear me say this, but one night soon you need to turn off the TV and go catch a great live show!

That's what we think. Tell us what you think.