Valdosta Daily Times

July 14, 2013

Theatre Guild’s 25th: On with the show

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — For a quarter century, Theatre Guild Valdosta has allowed area performers to entertain, educate and enlighten Valdosta audiences.

The hometown drama organization has grown from presenting plays in a building without heat and air while audiences watched from benches in the late 1980s, when there was almost nothing else downtown, to sponsoring a full list of main stage shows, supporting a growing children’s theatre program, and presenting smaller shows in a grouping of buildings that house the Dosta Playhouse stage, wardrobes, set shops, and more in a revitalized downtown, all while audiences enjoy comedies and dramas in nice chairs in an environmentally controlled theatre.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, Theatre Guild Valdosta celebrates its 25th anniversary with a downtown open house at The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St. The public is invited for the ceremony.

Theatre Guild Valdosta started with an idea and the commitment of a few individuals who wanted to put on a show. This grain of sand grew into the tradition that has brought dozens of productions to life and offered the theatrical experience to thousands of people whether it be on stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience.

Through the years, Theatre Guild has continued as it did in the start — with the commitment of a few dedicated souls and the enthusiasm of newcomers.

On Aug. 1, the 25th season starts with “9 to 5: The Musical” and continues throughout the remainder of this year and into 2014 with dramas like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and comedies like Neil Simon’s “California Suite.”

With shows like these, and its continued

dedication to the idea of community theatre and

its faith in Downtown Valdosta, we wish Theatre Guild Valdosta continued success for the next 25 years.