Many moons ago when my husband and I began our search for a new place to purchase a bed and breakfast inn there were several criteria. We had spent the three years previous in a place where seeing a play or performance art of any kind was about as likely as pigs flying. When during our relocation search someone said the words, "Asheville is Theater" it immediately piqued our interest.
2011 will bring these words home in new and exciting ways. Though the fair Asheville had always been a strong art community in all ways that term can be interpreted, it's star is rising again in 2011. The Magnetic Field performance theatre located in our eclectic River Arts District is set to become a "destination location" for folks looking for theater. It's maiden performance hosted big crowds as they enjoyed,"The 27th annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular" and this theater is expecting to host another robust attendance for "When Jekyll Met Hyde" a macabre twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Looking east, another new theater venue is popping up. The Altamont Theatre will now occupy the space at 18 Church St. as its 120 seat black box space offers Asheville residents and vistors alike musical theatre designed for pure enjoyment.
The Masonic Temple (mentioned as part of At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn's previous blogs on Asheville Architecture) will enjoy a rebirth of use as our unique and very talented Montford Park Players ply their crafts on such productions as "The Patient" and "The Real Inspector Hound" at this location.
Coupling these new darlings with an already present and active Asheville Community Theater, North Carolina Stage Company, BeBe Theatre and the close proximity to Flat Rock Playhouse bodes well for thepians and thespian lovers alike as Asheville's theatre star rises high to the delight of all.
Let the show begin! I can hardly wait.
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