Joe and His Amazing Coat

I love the theater.  Any time I’ve been to New York, I try to fit in a play or a musical.  Here in Dallas, I’ve seen a few shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park, but I’ve also seen some shows at smaller theaters as well.  It’s one of my favorite things to do on date night.

However, Michael and I are on a budget, so the theater isn’t always an option for us.  In the hunt to find affordable theater entertainment, I came across the Art Center Theatre in Plano.  They were performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  They had other familiar shows and plays on their schedule, and the tickets were only $15, so last Saturday we checked it out.

Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by some of the cast who were handling the ticket counter.  We walked into the theater and it was very small.  There were six rows of stadium seating.  There wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

A woman named Ms. Mary came out to introduce the play and discuss the rules of the theater (no flash photography, where the concessions were, etc).  She was hilarious.  Then the play, itself, began.

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To be honest, my first reaction was that it was very low budget.  But what stood out more to me than the acting, singing, or stage was the community. Everyone who was on that stage was having fun, and that fun was palpable and addictive.

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There was one point in the play when the track music started skipping and then stopped altogether.  And the actors continued to sing it acapella.  I think that was when the audience cheered the loudest.

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At the end, all of the cast lined up outside the doors to thank everyone who came to the play.  Overall, it was an absolute delight to spend the evening being entertained by this great group.  I wish they had a bigger budget to work with, but they were great with what they had.

There are so many community theaters here in the DFW area.  This experience has inspired me to look for even more opportunities to indulge in the performing arts.  I have a feeling that this is only the beginning!

Do you have a community theater?

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