Community theatre gets made fun of a little bit, but it is actually a worthwhile and thrilling hobby. Theatre is always going to be time consuming, but it is also worth it. If you’re ever considered community theatre, here are three reasons that you should go ahead and audition:
1. They like seeing new faces. People that direct community theatre really like to see new faces, because often the same group of people show up to every audition. A new face at a community theatre audition is exciting for people who have become involved. Often the people that do it end up having done about twelve shows with roughly the same group of people. A new face gets considered, gets attention, maybe even gets a lead.
2. You get to know people. But even if you get cast and are in the background of a play, sometimes that is the most fun. Instead of spending all your time onstage rehearsing, you can spend a lot of it backstage goofing off with a really fun and diverse group of people from all walks of life. Theatre has the distinction of being a very strange hobby, and often people who do theatre have only theatre in common at first. This means you can meet a lot of different and interesting people and learn a lot about their lives. The bonus of community theatre, is that they are people from around your community. This means that you will be more involved with your community and will know people all over town.
3. It’s fun. This may seem like an obvious reason to persuade someone to try an activity, but in the case of community theatre, it is more than true. If you’re a fan at all of being on stage, or being involved with costumes, or painting sets, or any number of things, then you will have an absolute blast working on a diverse amount of shows.
Really the only drawback to community theatre is that it is definitely a bit time consuming. But some of the best hobbies are, and they are worth it at the end. If you miss performing, or you’ve always wanted to try, check your local paper, google local auditions and give it a shot! Break a leg!