Here's our second list from our readers - these are the shows chosen by Jim-Bob Williams as the "Best Community Theatre Shows of 2015!" Here's his comments:
Well, I didn't see all of them and I may be biased based on my circle of friends, but
1. Twilight Zone - to think Appalachian Arts Collective was THE FIRST IN THE WORLD to dramatize Twilight Zone... and it debuted in St. Albans at the Alban Arts Center... is a mind blower. Kudos to Leah Turley et al!
2. Medea - Wowsers. The impact of dropping jaws could be measured with a seismometer.
3. Jekyll and Hyde by Kanawha Players. Powerful production with a minimal set.
4. Brilliant Traces byAlban Arts Center. From the moment Adam Bryan wakes up and startles the audience, very intense and... brilliant.
5. Bell Book and Candle - Jenna Skeen was an awesome lead.
6. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Marlette Carter brings youngsters and veterans together with a musical finale by Qiet.
7. Into the Woods - No one will forget the giant's appearance.
8. Vintage Hitchcock by Kanawha Players. if only to see Bill Rainey's homage to Hitchcock
9. No Pants Players - okay, it's all unscripted but they bring folks to the theater!
10. The Lion in Winter by Limelight Theater, Charleston. Highlight of the winter!
Honorable Mentions: Dearly Departed, Our Town, Dr Dolittle, It's A Wonderful Life, Catch & Release and Murder at the Cafe Noir (a great dinner theater production).
All told I spent over $ 500 on tickets in 2015 for productions in Huntington, St Albans, Nitro, South Charleston and Charleston. Saw everything from radio plays to Shakespeare. Saw a world premiere. Great payback in entertainment value for investment in a small metropolitan area (basically a 60 mile stretch of I-64 or Route 60)! Thanks especially to the Herald-Dispatch for great coverage and keeping the community informed of auditions and performances.
Have a happy new year - and may we see legs broken all over the area in 2016!