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April 19, 2022 9:07:07 AM EDT | "All the World's a Stage."

Theatre is momentary.  Every show is different. Every performance of every show is different.  Audiences are a vital part of the actual Art form itself. 

Theatre.  A word I have known, loved, understood, and followed for decades.  I have to say that this Art form, this profession, and this community have had more influence on my life than almost anything.  I knew at a young age that I wanted to entertain.  At first, I thought I would be a film director, but slowly moved toward Theatre and have not looked back.  There is something compelling and fulfilling about communing with a group of people in a dark room, sharing stories that are compelling, sometimes challenging, and defining the time and the culture.  

A quote I often use for Theatre students and casts is: 

“The word THEATRE comes from the Greeks.  It means ‘The Seeing Place’.  It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.”  

- Stella Adler

Theatre is momentary.   Every show is different.   Every performance of every show is different.  Audiences are a vital part of the actual Art form itself.  Other Artforms - painting, sculpture, music - can be put out into the world and experienced whenever someone happens by or looks or listens.   They can exist without an audience.   The artist has expressed and left their Art to be appreciated.  Theatre requires an audience. Theatre is a relationship with an audience that disappears after the show.  It only exists at that moment, in that space, and with that audience. The artist shares with the audience a brief moment of magic and then it’s gone.   

And Theatre is not a solo Art form.  It is infinitely collaborative.  It requires numerous gifted people - onstage and off - to be successful.  Artisans in woodwork, costumes, lighting, make-up, marketing, prop building, design, and performance work together for weeks as a team to create this fleeting work.  

The reason for all of this Theatre talk is that the Capitol is proud to be hosting two separate Theatre arts groups in the coming weeks.  In May, the Morristown Theatre Guild will be presenting their production of “THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG”.  It’s a hilarious farce about Theatre, small casts, and the craziness and blunders that can take place.  And it’s great to have a group from a neighboring community come and use our local facility.  In June, the Greeneville Theatre Guild will be performing INTO THE WOODS - Stephen Sondheim’s musical take on classic fairy tales.  It features a large cast of amazingly talented actors and musicians in a show you will not want to miss. 

Ironically both of these organizations are called Guilds - which Webster’s defines as - “an association of people with similar interests and pursuits.”  

And they are operated, and supported by dedicated, talented people who sacrifice time, talent, and energy to bring something to life - only temporarily.  

Greeneville is blessed to have a facility that can be a home for great Theatre in the area.   A venue with adequate equipment and room for productions and a pleasuring area for audiences to enjoy.  Please mark your calendars and come out to support the two incredible non-profit groups as they bring magic to life here at the Capitol.  

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

INTO THE WOODS - June 3,4,5, 10,11,12

“A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world because that's where people are shown what they could be if they wanted and what they'd like to be if they dared to and what they really are.” -  Tove Jansson

Written By: David Horton: David Horton - Executive Director