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Enter Stage West and Watch Live Theater that Entertains and Intrigues

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Stage West is a live theater company that "nurtures the artistic growth of area actors, directors, designers, playwrights and musicians." For 37 years this Fort Worth theater company has set itself apart from other theaters. "We like to offer our audiences a wide range of theatre, from classics to cutting-edge contemporary, and introduce new playwrights when possible," explains Assistant Marketing Director Suzi McLaughlin.

Producing no less than 244 plays and 21 musicals to date, Stage West has staged scripts from classic American and world drama to Shakespeare, Shaw, contemporary Broadway plays and musicals. Aspiring playwrights get applause, too, as this professional theater company has put on no less than 12 world premieres.

Popular shows," McLaughin tells us, "have included Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (done several times), The Norman Conquests, Greater Tuna, the Jeeves plays, and The 39 Steps." Just opening is a modern adaptation of the comedy The Heir Apparent.

About two years ago, Stage West moved back into the location they had over 20 years before, spent four months renovating the space and today have a 144-seat theater of their own, complete with a large lobby that doubles as a dining room for their extremely well-received dinner service at their café and gallery of area artists. When no production is running, the space is available to rent for community events.

Aside from providing professional theater, Stage West is active in theater-arts education for those 18 and younger. From its weekly theater classes for ages 7 to 18 to its annual K-12 student contests to find the best play or monologue where kids enter their story and the winner will have their production brought to stage life at the annual Festival of the Kid, the theater is active in children's enrichment.

At Stage West, it's all about a quality production and community engagement. "We hope we can make people think about things outside their experience and have people go away from a show here and have discussions about what they've seen for several days, sharing it with others," McLaughlin says. "And, of course, be entertained as well." Enter Stage West and you may not want to exit.

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