I’m involved in local Community Theater. I’m no actor, but each year I help with music (in the orchestra pit) for the summer musical, and I help with box office and ushering for other shows during the year. Last weekend was opening weekend for “Guys and Dolls!” It’s always fun.
When I moved to this small-ish town I was astonished by the quality and quantity of work done by the community theater. I’d never experienced that before, and was amazed at what could be done by an all-volunteer organization. In the years since, I’ve discovered that many communities in my area and around the state have active community theaters, as well as community choruses, bands and other arts groups.
This is great news for people concerned with saving money. For two reasons:
- Attending plays and concerts is low-cost local entertainment (sometimes free - I went to a terrific free concert a couple weeks ago)
- Being involved in these activities is also free recreation – a fun social activity at absolutely no cost. Participation is the best of both worlds – spending time with other great people while at the same time contributing to your community!
If you’re thinking this doesn’t apply to you because you’re not an actor, artist or musician, think again. I can tell you that all kinds of skills are valued. Some people make the printed programs and distribute posters. Others build or paint sets. Some people help keep the place clean and make sure important props are where they need to be.
In my experience, anyone who wants to be involved is welcome to help out. If you’re looking for free social activities, getting involved in a community group, whether theater or music or some other group, is a great place to start!