Broward theatre’s stage presence is growing rapidly
by Christine Dolen for the Miami Herald
West Side Story is being produced by Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables in late January, but one of the show’s signature numbers could serve as a theme song for the Broward County theater community at the start of the 2015-16 season.
Something’s Coming, a song that radiates anticipation, excitement and hope, expresses the way many artistic directors and theater leaders are feeling as the season is about to begin.
“Our theater scene here is growing and diversifying,” said Nicole Stodard, whose Thinking Cap Theatre now has its own striking space, The Vanguard, in a refurbished Fort Lauderdale church. “It’s not just canned touring shows. There’s already a sense of strength in numbers.”
Sabrina Lynn Gore, Outré’s co-founder and managing director, believes the presence of her company and Slow Burn at the Broward Center makes a statement.
“There’s a whole legitimacy that’s conferred when a big theater center supports the work of smaller companies. It tells the community they care,” she said.