Think you have to leave Alabama to see a Broadway-quality production? Think again! Birmingham (and Pelham, and Florence …) can transport you into the magical world of drama. So save those thousands of dollars going to boring old New York! The magic of theater is right in your hometown. Here are five fantastic ways to experience theater in Alabama.
Broadway in Birmingham
Numerous theatre companies in Birmingham put on ongoing productions. Even self-proclaimed theater snobs say Broadway in Birmingham feels like the real deal. Last year’s production of the Phantom of the Opera at the BJCC was properly phan-tastic. This season’s shows include the multiple Tony award-winning classic Evita and Audience Choice Award-winning Finding Neverland.
Still thirsty for more theater? Then look no further than Birmingham’s own Red Mountain Theatre Company. Catch classics like Disney’s High School Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and My Fair Lady during their upcoming season. And just outside the city, you can see stunning plays at Pelham’s South City Theatre. In their 2019 season, the South City Theatre plans to produce a full slate of shows including The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Savannah Sipping Society.
If you’re itching to get on that stage yourself, Birmingham’s got you covered there, too. The Red Mountain Theatre Company hosts outreach programs for all ages. The Company also offers classes, camps, and even a Conservatory program for kids seeking education about and experience on the stage. Children can go to Red Mountain Theatre’s annual Broadway Bootcamp taught by Tony-winning and nominated performers. Also, the Alys Stephens Center offers private acting lessons with teaching artist Susan McCain. Finally, if you don’t live in Birmingham, Pelham’s South City Theatre has plenty of acting opportunities as well.
Doing Good On and Off the Stage
Alabama’s not just the home of a lot of good theater groups. It’s also the home of theater groups who do a lot of good. For example, Broadway in Birmingham‘s Staging the Future program creates opportunities for underserved youth to fall in love with the theater. Students are able to speak with the casts of the productions after the show. In addition, they’re supplied with educational materials to augment their theater experience.
You can’t talk about theater in Alabama without mentioning the Alabama Theatre. Tour the theater to learn about its history as well as the history of the arts in Alabama. As a venue, the Alabama Theatre’s a bit different, as it isn’t known for plays. It is, however, an excellent place to enjoy a concert. The Theatre’s 2019 schedule features Vince Gill, Amos Lee and Kacey Musgraves. And you don’t want to miss the Theatre’s summer showings of classic movies. Last summer’s showings included Rebel Without A Cause, Funny Girl, and Say Anything.