When was the last time you were at the theater – live theater? Wherever I travel, it’s the one thing I try to find – a live theater performance – a play, orchestra, ballet – something live and local. I’m in Murfreesboro, TN for the summer and thought I’d check out the Center for the Arts. What an amazing, quaint, local theater that is bursting with talent and charm.
The Center for the Arts houses a small gallery which is home to shows all year long featuring local artists. Upon my arrival, one installment was finishing up and when I went to my first theater performance, another was already on display. The talent level just in this art gallery is off the charts. While the gallery isn’t large, there is plenty of room to host a larger installment to really show off the talent of a local artist. The gallery is open before, during and after all performances. It’s a fun way to spend your time before the show you are attending and then to finish up during intermission or even after the show.
The theater is well worth the visit as well. While it seats less than 130 patrons, the theater is the perfect size and no seat is a bad seat. The size of the theater makes it feel more like a personal performance. The staff is amazing from the person taking your tickets, to the concession staff to the greeter at the door to the actual theater. You can tell they all have a passion for what they do!
The talent of the performers on stage is second to none. My first performance was Sponge Bob Squarepants, the Musical. While this may seem like a performance mainly for the kids – there is a fantastic storyline and funny one liners that fans of the cartoon will surely recognize. The set was highly professional and well built with a versatility that made the small stage seem so much larger than it really was. The set up was ingenius.
The performers were engaging and full of energy. I personally wanted to take the actor home that played Patrick – or at least take him out to karaoke and dancing. I can’t wait to check out Avenue Q, the next performance to be produced at the Center for the Arts during my tenure as a local.
If you are ever in the area, check out the Center for the Arts – it will be a performance you will not soon forget, no matter the show. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors/students/military, and $14 for children. Group discounts are available.
Center for the Arts
110 W. College St
Box office is open by appointment only Monday through Friday 9 to 5.
The Art Gallery is closed during office hours from June to July, but will reopen in August 2022.
For recommendations on places to eat, stay and play in Rutherford County, check out our USA Travel page.