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[Business spotlight] Little Theatre of Winston-Salem

 In 1934, the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem opened. Now, 83 years later it is one of the oldest community-based theaters that continues to strive for theatrical professionalism and excellence.

“It is theater by the community, for the community,” Edwin Martinat, the theater’s artistic director said. This location is part of the Little Theatre Movement, a series of community-based theatres across the United States. “[Little Theatre] puts on high-quality blockbuster hits,” Martinat said. “I call us the premiere community theater.”

Each season contains seven shows, two of which are musicals and three are plays, while the final two vary depending on the collection committee and board’s annual decision. Anyone from the community can audition, whether they have professional acting experience or not. Martinat believes the theatre is a great place to cultivate acting skills.

Some of this year’s shows include Steel Magnolias, A Wrinkle in Time and Noises Off. The complete lineup can be found on the Little Theatre’s website.

However, the Little Theatre provides more to the public than just great community-run productions, it also offers acting classes in four age groups and a summer camp for children.

Martinat is most excited for their newest production, Mamma Mia, which will perform its first show on Oct. 6.

“[Mamma Mia] is able to collaborate with the generations,” Martinat said.

Martinat said the show is likable for both older Abba fans and younger fans of the soundtrack. What is most exciting for the actors is that this will be the first community production of Mamma Mia in the entire Southeast.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of the community,” Martinat said. “That is what is magical.”

The Little Theatre is always looking for volunteers, contact them at 336-748-0857 to see how you can help.

Individual tickets are $27.50. For other great student and group deals go to the Little Theatre’s website at http://www.thelittletheatreofws.org/.

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