People have been performing live theater shows for thousands of years. The art of live theater continues to grow and change with the advancement of technology, improving visitor experience and making you a part of the show. Although you’re not the one acting on a stage, at live shows the actors feed off your energy and there’s a palpable excitement in the air. It’s an experience that you just can’t replicate in a movie theater. So grab your friends, buy tickets to a local live theater performance, and see if you fall in love with the performing arts.
The Denton Community Theatre and Music Theatre of Denton joined forces in 2017 to become the superior Theatre Denton. Theatre Denton serves the entire Denton arts community with a full season of entertainment at Denton’s Historic Campus Theatre and the experimental Theatre Denton Black Box Theatre space. Besides the wide variety of theatrical productions you would expect, like Always Patsy Cline or Matilda, you can also find concerts, film festivals, and up-and-coming showcases through Theatre Denton. The Theatre Denton Theatre School offers summer camps, classes, and youth productions for kids of all ages.
Theatre Denton‘s Historic Campus Theatre is located at 214 West Hickory in Denton.
Actors Conservatory Theatre
The Actor’s Conservatory Theatre (ACT) has been inspiring children in North Texas since 1999. With a passion for performing arts, ACT has provided many seasons of high quality and community-based children’s theater. ACT’s mission is to foster a love for great classic literature through outstanding and family-oriented community theater. During their 23rd season this year, you can expect shows like The Wizard of Oz, Once on this Island, Matilda the Musical, The Big Bad Musical, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. When you become an ACT subscriber, you get priority reserved seating and discounts on tickets and concessions.
Actors Conservatory Theatre is located at 359 Lake Park Road in Lewisville.
Studio B Performing Arts Center
The Studio B Performing Arts Center started with just 12 students in 1999 and has since grown into a successful community theater with children’s and adult classes, children’s and adult productions, and multiple summer workshops. The 8,000 square foot center can seat 100 people at the stage and has a lobby, box office, mini room, dance room, green room, office and tech area, and backstage area. This season Studio B is offering shows like Junie B. Jones, the Jungle Book, Shrek the Musical, and Oliver. Individual and family memberships have perks like preferred seating, monthly prizes, and cast voting rights.
The Studio B Performing Arts Center is located at 2400 FM 407 in Highland Village.
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre (GLCT) resides in the oldest building in Lewisville, built in 1885. The unique and historic building has changed over the last century, from a dry goods store to a church and later a theater, but it’s perfect for the GLCT who bought the building in 1997 and renovated it into an intimate theater. The GLCT is proud to adopt the Chicago Theatre Standards as a cultural paradigm shift for creating a safe environment. The GLCT is a community-centered cultural arts organization that is strictly volunteer-based and produces year-round high-quality theatrical shows.
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is located at 160 West Main Street in Lewisville.
Since 1985, the same group of volunteers has put on four plays a year at Theatre Frisco. They use the Black Box Theater at the Frisco Discovery Center as their play venue. You’ll find classic and contemporary shows at Theatre Frisco, like Jerry’s Girls, Something Rotten, A Gentleman’s Guide, and Same Time Next Year. A branch of Theatre Frisco is the Frisco Improv Players, an improv comedy troupe that performs clean comedy every month at the Black Box Theater. The improv comedy shows follow a similar format to the hit TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway”.
Theatre Frisco uses the venue of Black Box Theater which is located at 8004 Dallas Parkway in Frisco.
Lakeside Community Theatre
The Lakeside Community Theatre (LCT) has a mission to educate and entertain the community through artistic, charitable, and educational performing arts with local talent. They like to perform traditional and modern shows that are challenging and thought-provoking like Phantom Tollbooth, 12 Angry Jurors, Fools and Kings, and Little Shop of Horrors. The amateur group of volunteers focuses on actively engaging the community through their performances. The LCT is offering a play you can stream on demand while preparing for their next shows; Greenday’s American Idiot and La Cage Aux Folles. LCT members can choose from several levels of sponsorship with varying benefits.
The Lakeside Community Theatre uses the building of Lakeside Arts Center which is located at 6303 Main Street in The Colony.
Theatre Coppell has been performing dramas, comedies, and musicals since 1988 with the same core group of volunteers. Each year, the all-volunteer theater presents six shows including at least one musical, at least one children’s production, and several family-friendly options. The 2021 lineup includes titles like AMON! The Ultimate Texan, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Miracle Worker, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Since 1999, when the city converted an old fire station into the Coppell Center for the Arts, Theatre Coppell has been performing all their shows at the arts center in the black box theater which seats 124 people.
Theatre Coppell performs at the Coppell Center for the Arts which is located at 505 Travis Street in Coppell.
Christian Youth Theater
The Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) in Flower Mound is just one branch of the national CYT program. This after-school program trains students of all ages and gives them the opportunity to audition and perform in Broadway-style musicals. If students want, they can choose to work behind the curtain as part of the backstage crew, costume committee, makeup committee, or technical team. Their mission is to develop character and creativity, bring families and communities together, and provide quality theater training. This season at the Flower Mound location, titles include Cinderella, Tuck Everlasting the Musical, and Shrek the Musical.
The Christian Youth Theater performs at the MCL Grand Theater located at 100 North Charles Street in Lewisville.
Here at Huffines Kia Corinth, we love supporting our local community’s live theater programs. If we missed your favorite theater or if there’s an upcoming show we should know about, please contact us and let us know. We’d love to add your recommendation to our list.
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