Local theatre consistently provides good entertainment

Published 12:13 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018

There are a lot of things to do in the Valley. Alongside good restaurants and outdoor activities, most weeks have some sort of event going on.

Some of the more interesting are the various productions put on by the New Horizon Theatre in West Point.

This week will see the final production of the season, Legally Blonde the Musical.

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Community theatre is an institution that varies depending on location. Some places put on only two or three productions a year; by contrast other locations have a new show almost every month and range from classical to obscure.

New Horizon is unique, because unlike many small-town theatres, it usually produces more modern productions and casts newer, more dynamic talent than other local theatres full of the same faces performance after performance.

Legally Blonde is a great example of this. Based on a 2001 book and movie, the theatre version premiered in 2007. A quick read of the script shows it contains dialogue more in line with a younger, more modern audience.

The cast is also made up of both new faces and returning veterans. This has long been a trend with every New Horizon production and it is likely to continue well into the future.

Director Bill Nixon has done much to promote the theatre and is currently looking at productions for next season. If the last year is any indication, we can expect him to select a series of shows to delight audiences. He has also opened up the theatre to local artists as a showroom.

Let’s show Nixon and the rest of those involved with the theatre our support for their continuing efforts to entertain us with great local art.

To be sure, Legally Blonde is guaranteed to be a hit with locals and is sure to make everyone laugh. Anyone interested in attending can do so this Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Saturday. All seats are reserved and tickets can be purchased online at www.nhct.org or by calling 706-518-6234.