We are so blessed in Columbia to have such a vibrant arts scene that covers all the senses. It could be said that our local theater scene is the hidden gem among the jewels that Columbia has to offer us creatively. It seems sometimes it doesn’t get as much promotion as say art or music. But from outdoor theater under the stars to drama, musical theater or something especially for the kids you’ll find something that will entertain.
I’m from Columbia originally and was lucky enough to grow up in the midst of all these great opportunities. I remember going to Columbia Entertainment Company shows and doing reports on them in school. I spent summers watching great numbers under the stars at the Maplewood Barn. My stepfather was a theater professor at MU, and I learned a lot from watching him direct at the Corner Playhouse and teach classes. After a couple years living in Kansas (yes, I lived in Kansas. It wasn’t that bad, I made some great friends!) I moved back to my hometown last summer and I’m so excited to rediscover the old familiar places to catch a play or a musical and to explore the new venues as well.
There’s a lot of great local theater coming up in the next few weeks. Here are just a few:
Columbia Entertainment Company: Sordid Lives runs the next 3 weekends, April 28-May 1; May 5-8; May 12-15, 2011, 1800 Nelwood Drive
Stephens College Playhouse Theater Company Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30 p.m., April 29–30, May 4–6, 2011
2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 1
University of Missouri Department of Theater: Pride and Prejudice, the final show of the season, will close the 2011 season April 28-May 1, Rhynsburger Theater
University Concert Series: The Color Purple, May 1, 7pm, Jesse Hall
Tryps: Suessical the Musical, May 14-15, 7pm Columbia College Launer Auditorium
So much fun. Something for everyone. Check one out!
On with the SHOW!