Community Theater, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Announcements for community theater and performing arts shows affixed to a grocery window.

Community Theater
Not-for-profit community theater companies, choral societies, chamber music groups, orchestras and opera companies flourish in communities throughout the United States. These companies perform at meeting houses, libraries, houses of worship and schools. Many of these companies have had continuing presences in their communities for generations. The company’s directors will choose a popular play, musical comedy or performance work, hold auditions for participants and backstage personnel, rehearse and then put on one or more performances for the community. The companies depend on community newspapers and businesses to spread the word about their entire cycle of auditions, rehearsals and performances. They may often solicit sponsorship from local businesses or arts organizations. In many communities that cannot support professional theater companies, community theater provides the only access to live entertainment of this sort. Participants work hard and make major time commitments for rehearsals and performances; in exchange they get the satisfaction of performing and the enjoyment of involvement in a rewarding social activity.

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