January 14, 2012 @ 4:31 pm by kat

Much like your average Joe (or JoAnn, in this case), I’m not a real connoisseur of the arts.  I visit art galleries locally around the holidays and when I travel.  I appreciate hand-crafted items, as much for the time that has gone into crafting them as for the actual item itself.  I listen to local music, which I love, a few times a year.  The same is true of local theatre.

Ignorant though I may be from an art appreciation standpoint, each time I take in community theatre, I think the same thing.  “I can’t wait to do that again.”

I’m going to come right out and admit I’ve never seen a play at Venture Theatre.  I know!  Insert dropped jaw here.  I’ve attended EVENTS at Venture, but never a production.  I have been missing out!

I’ll get to the actual play in a second, because I think there are a couple of important points to make for those of you who think community theatre is not your thing.  Here are the top three things, as I see them, that make a trip to Venture Theatre for a local production worth your time:

  1.  You can enjoy wine during the play!!!  I found this out once my friend and I arrived.  My night took on a whole new meaning when I learned this.  Talk about the perfect accent to the evening.
  2. The Venture Theatre is exceptionally warm and inviting.  It almost feels like you are watching a production in a comfortable living room.
  3. You always recognize someone on stage, which is a hoot.  I once recognized my dermatologist in a local play!  I had no idea she had such a passion or was so talented.  At Ragtime in Concert, I recognized someone from a Chamber of Commerce event that I attend regularly!  Relating to a production in this way really does add to the entertainment value.

Okay, on to the actual play.  This feature was a musical, and unique in that almost every scripted word was presented in song.  That may sound like a bit much, but it was fascinating to watch the characters and storyline grow in this way, delivered beautifully by the cast.

The storyline itself takes place in the early 1900s and follows the lives of the well to do, famous historical figures, immigrants and a young African-American couple.  The way the stories and lives of these individuals entwine culminates in a rich, fast-paced and thought-provoking production.

It’s the dead of winter.  It’s cold, the sun is making a rare appearance and finding something fun and unique to do is a challenge.  For that reason, I suggest you treat yourself to Ragtime in Concert at the Venture Theatre. Cozy up in the theatre’s charming setting with a glass of wine and settle in for a supremely entertaining show.