The Value of Live Theater in Kitsap County WAFebruary 15th, 2010 by Rich Jacobson
The current CSTOCK (Central Stage of County Kitsap) production of Meredith Wilson’s ‘Music Man’ is a perfect example of why I’m such a HUGE fan of Live Theater and the value it offers to our community here in Kitsap County WA.
Granted, being involved in a local production is a big time commitment and requires a lot of work. Most of CSTOCK’s shows are large cast musicals, like ’Music Man’ with nearly 50 cast members! Add to that the production crew, costuming, set construction, orchestra musicians, parents/volunteers, etc., and you’ve got the population of a small town! River City, Iowa, to be exact!
What’s so exciting to watch is how everyone works so hard and diligently together, combining their individual talents and abilities, to create and perform as a seamless ensemble.
This is no easy task, especially given the wide range of ages represented among the cast, coordinating all the various elements of the production, and the challenging logistical constraints of performing in a very small theater space.
What I personally find so rewarding is the positive affect our community theater has on our member’s self-worth and esteem, especially for the youth. It’s thrilling to observe a kid gain a greater sense of personal confidence and develop improved social skills. They also learn the valued lesson of hard work, and the satisfying reward of applause.
During the course of intense rehearsals, camaraderie and friendships are fostered among the cast and crew. Many of our shows have enlisted the talents of entire families, providing them with a safe and enjoyable environment to spend quality time together.
CSTOCK community theater offers its audience a muchly needed escape from the everyday worries and cares of life. A show magically transports you to another time, another place, where you become wonderfully lost within the story.
‘Music Man’ runs for 3 more weekends. Fridays and Saturdays the show starts at 7:30pm. On Sundays, curtain opens at 6pm. Purchase your tickets on-line now because all three shows this past weekend were nearly sold out!
And, allow me to encourage you to invest in community theater and become involved in CSTOCK, as either an active volunteer/participant, or simply as a regular audience member.
Thanks for your helpful support!
For more information on how you can plug-in, go to www.cstock.org
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