As the summer season begins to wrap up, local community theaters are ready to open the curtains and showcase the productions they've been practicing all summer. Dane County has no shortage of arts entertainment. The Overture Center for the Arts hosts big name traveling productions, and a long list of local theater groups, including Children's Theater of Madison and Forward Theater. And while these productions are always excellent, there is another crowd of theater groups worth checking out.
The Oregon Straw Hat Players offers amateur theater that is well worth a visit. The group produces a variety of shows throughout the year, and offers a full musical performance each summer. This summer they've been working on Hello Dolly, and will provide the final performances of the production this weekend. The show takes place at Oregon High School, with both matinee and evening performances. Ticket information can be found here.
Middleton Players Theater is providing another option for weekend entertainment. Now in their 25th year, the community theater is launching Legally Blonde this weekend. This is their second summer show, and a third, Sweeney Todd, will take the stage in September. All MPT shows are performed at Middleton High School. Ticket information for Legally Blonde can be found here.
Verona Area Community Theater is done with their summer shows, but will be hosting auditions next weekend for their fall line-up. This group focuses on producing theater for all ages, with a wide variety of shows, each including a different age group.
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre and Stoughton Village Players also offer community theater classes, shows and opportunities. Each of the programs listed here are volunteer driven, and are driven to produce high quality performances, and high quality experiences for the participants in their productions. If you're looking for some quality, on-stage entertainment, the Madison area has a long list of options to enjoy!