Lewis County is home to a burgeoning arts scene, primarily that of live theatre — with at least three venues dedicated to providing entertainment using local talent.
February of each year generally brings theater season back to the forefront, after the month of January lending itself to casting and rehearsals. February is a perfect month to discover theatre arts in Lewis County, especially for those looking to escape the grip of colder weather or just looking to enjoy a cultural slice of our area.
Theatre has a long-running history in Lewis County, spanning generations of people who have taken to the stage. The longest-running theatre program in Lewis County belongs to Centralia College, which has produced shows for the stage since 1925. The college continues that tradition in 2016 by bringing Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" to audiences at the grand Corbet Theatre, which seats more than 500, beginning February 11.
The year 1925 also saw the construction of the Roxy Theater in downtown Morton. A logging and natural-resource economy boosted the town and the theater, then a movie house, was well-attended and a popular draw. But after going dark in the 1980s, the Fire Mountain Arts Council bought the building and created a rebirth of the theater for first-run movies and community theatre, hosting plays, dinner theaters and even workshops for aspiring actors and actresses. The Roxy's 2016 calendar year kicks off February 6 with Arsenic and Old Lace, a dinner theatre production held at the adjacent Tiller Arts Center.
Returning to Centralia, the longest-running community theatre group in Lewis County represents our area well. The Evergreen Playhouse on Center Street was founded in 1959 by local citizens with a love of theatre, and generations have enjoyed the productions the Evergreen has performed for more than 50 years. Its newest production, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Voice of the Prairie, brings together actors and actresses both young and old beginning February 13.
The Playhouse invited us here at Discover Lewis County to shoot a few photos during a recent rehearsal for the play, and as with every other theatre in our region, the actors' dedication to their love for acting came front and center.
Local actors have practiced and rehearsed lines for weeks, and are ready to lift the curtain on their newest show.
The retelling of the story of one of America's most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder, takes place in one act and spans her life over three generations.
The entire cast for the Evergreen Playhouse's production lives and works in and near Lewis County, and many have been involved with the theatre group for a number of years!
Take some time this February and discover live theatre in Lewis County. You'll be glad you did, and we guarantee you'll come back to see another show too!
Showtimes for the shows mentioned in this post, along with links to buy tickets, are available at our Events page.