Even the most enthusiastic theatergoers might be surprised to learn that there are more than 20 theater companies operating in the Piedmont Triad. And they may not know that they can watch a new show every week throughout the year — and still spend the night in their own bed.
The NC Triad Theatre League Festival aims to change that perception. The event will be June 1 at the GTCC High Point Campus and is free to the public and open to adults and children.
“The goal is to introduce the community to the diversity of live theater in the Triad,” said Rosina Whitfield, Director of Artistic Development at the Drama Center of City Arts and an organizer of the festival.
The NC Triad Theatre League Festival will include live performances, both indoors and outside, as well as participatory workshops for all ages in such stage skills as creative movement, improv, dance and stage combat. There also will be arts-and-crafts sessions involving mask-making and puppet-making. Anyone interested in more information on local theater will find it at the festival. Food trucks will be on site as well.
The live performances will include Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” presented by the Shared Radiance Theatre and “King Lear” by the Goodly Frame Theatre. Theater companies from Greensboro, High Point, Burlington and Winston-Salem will be represented in the festival line-up and The Drama Center of City Arts, Studio 1, Community Theatre of Greensboro, Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Spring Theatre, Triad Pride Acting Company and Peppercorn Theatre all are scheduled to present live performances. Some will present a full play, while others will present stage excerpts from various shows.
This is the second time the NC Triad Theatre League has presented the festival, the first one taking place in 2017.
“The first one was very successful, and hopefully it will grow,” Whitfield said.
She added that although the Triad is made up of several distinct communities, they are close enough together for patrons to attend shows throughout the area.
“There’s a lot of great theater in the Triad,” Whitfield said.
According to the NC Triad Theatre League, the group “was formed three years ago to unite local theater companies, to collaborate, share resources, and to come together to unify and sustain the collective mission. NCTTL is inclusive of the entire Triad, of all ages and backgrounds, to create a stronger arts community.”