Long story short
Established in 1987, the organization was started with the purpose to bring quality live theatre to artists and audiences in our area. We are proud to continue that legacy today. It is our belief that theatre is a life transforming experience and, accordingly, we seek to provide diverse quality programming to the community at a reasonable cost.
Through the summer of 2010, The Green Room Community Theatre rented space at the Newton-Conover Auditorium. Massive growth in Green Room programs and needs had caused the Board of Directors to mount a Capital Campaign in 2008 to fund a permanent home for the theatre. With generous support from Bob and Michele McCreary, as well as others in the community, the old Newton Post Office located on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton was acquired and renovated into the Old Post Office Playhouse. The Green Room moved into its brand new, state-of-the-art facility and mounted its first show there, The King and I, on October 8, 2010.
From its humble beginning of two shows per season, The Green Room has matured, and currently, we offer twelve productions between our Main Stage and Black Box Theatre each season. Our main-stage productions include one all-youth show and one or more “family” shows involving roles for all ages so that families can participate in play production together. Diverse, non-traditional casting is encouraged in all our productions.
In addition, we present “Shakespeare in the Park” each season as well as a full-scale second-stage production (usually with an all-youth cast). We also offer a one-week summer Shakespeare drama camp for youth and weekly after-school acting classes for grades K-12. A troupe of adult actors, known as The Green Bean Players, presents classic fairy tales targeted to K-6 audiences each semester and has toured their performances throughout the community. These Green Bean productions, as well as several other shows each season, are offered to area students as school field trips giving the opportunity to attend live theatre to many children who, otherwise, might not be able to have such an experience.
The Green Room Community Theatre has experienced great success since its inception. All age groups attend, perform, create, teach, or volunteer in more than two dozen performances and programs every year. Because its mission is to make live theatre accessible to all, The Green Room offers many free programs, school discounts, financial aid, and scholarships including the Mary Catherine Shivers Scholarship and the Bob & Michele McCreary Scholarship mentioned above. Our total participation in 2016-17 for all of our events including main-stage and second-stage productions, youth program enrollment, volunteers, and community and fund-raising events surpassed 30,000.
hear it firsthand
We know we’re great, but here is what three of our volunteers had to say about our theatre:
Volunteering at the Green Room is like being the community’s best friend: they come to your house, you talk, share stories and you both leave feeling emotionally full and satisfied. That is a special opportunity few people are granted, of which I am truly grateful.
Catawba County is blessed with so many cultural amenities that one might not expect to have in a community of our size. The Green Room is one of those, and is near and dear to my heart. I have had the opportunity to volunteer my time both on stage and behind the scenes over the past ten years. These experiences has been exceptional – it’s hard to imagine a better group of folk, dedicated to producing quality performances while at the same time having fun and building lasting friendships.
Volunteering at the Green Room is fun, rewarding, and inspiring! Theatre people are happy people; they make you laugh and forget that you are actually working! It is so rewarding to part of a group that provides quality live theatre to our community. Becoming a Green Room volunteer just might inspire you to become a star!