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"Community Theatre occupies a peculiarly important position in the American theater picture . . . It engages more people in theatrical activity, albeit part-time, than all the rest of the American theatre put together, including schools and colleges."
— Theatre in America: Appraisal and Challenge
In 2004, a group of interested members of the community with backgrounds in theater and dance established TheatreWorks Community Players of Martinsville and Henry County. They recognized the possibilities and potential of Community Theater and what it can mean to the area including economic development, partnerships, and a showcase for local talent. The mission of TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP) is to enrich and change lives by engaging the people of our community in high-quality theatrical productions and life-long educational opportunities. TWCP has a strong commitment to integrity, inclusiveness, diversity, fairness, excellence, accessibility, accountability, and growth. TWCP exists to celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge our audiences through theatre arts.
All members of the community are invited to be a part of TWCP on stage or behind the scenes, we want you to be a part of the team! Come to the Black Box Theatre and define the role that is right for you.
"I encourage anyone to come be a part of TheatreWorks Community Players. Our aim is to produce the best possible theatrical work in our community theatre through community members."
- Corbin Campbell, Artistic Director
The classic Christmas tale, "It's a Wonderful Life", will be brought to the Black Box Stage in the form of a Reader's Theatre. Come celebrate the holiday season and enjoy an evening of story telling that will warm your heart!
Originally an RKO radio broadcast, "It's a Wonderful Life" will be told in a style of theater in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Actors use only vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, intricate blocking, and movement. This style of performance of literature was initially lauded because it emphasized hearing a written text as a new way to understand literature.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance, on-line and at the Visitor's Center and Daily Grind. They will also be available at the door.
An evening of fun piano music - sung by TheatreWorks performers welcoming audience participation. A collection of musical choices from songwriter-performers. You'll hear favorites of the Beatles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Nora Jones, Elton John and more!!
The show will begin at 7 PM. Advance tickets ($5) will be available on-line and in person at the Visitor's Center and Daily Grind. They will also be available at the door. They will go on sale January 2, 2018.