A Brief Cast History

The saga of the Community Alliance for Stage and Theatre (C.A.S.T.) began in 1986, when a group of like-minded and enterprising citizens of Douglas County banded together to share their love of theatre, and find a way of performing for the local public. From the start, the emphasis was on the “Community” part of our name—our group has always prided itself on being open and welcoming to anyone interested in the theatre process, including first-timers. Many people who started their stage careers with us have gone on to perform throughout Atlanta and elsewhere—and even to appear onscreen in television and movies.

That first season, over twenty years ago, was also the start of our continuing tradition of summer theatre. Our first outdoor venue back in 1986 was a special stage located behind the Cultural Arts Center on Campbellton Road. Audience members sat on the lawn, underneath the stars and the spreading trees, and enjoyed picnic dinners. Dozens of one-act plays were performed that inaugural summer, from mystery thrillers to children’s shows. The experience was so gratifying and successful, for both the actors and the patrons, that the summer shows have continued year after year. A new season is planned for this coming summer, keeping the experience very much alive and vital.

In addition to the summer theatre work, C.A.S.T. quickly began to stage full-length shows elsewhere. In the beginning, we concentrated on light mystery plays such as Out of Sight, Out of Murder and Death by Chocolate. Space for our performances was found at a variety of locations such as schools and restaurants. Our non-summer work really took off in 1994, however, when we began a long series of dinner theatre productions. Over the years we have found homes at various local restaurants and are always on the look-out for new venues that have the space and interest to support community theater. While we maintain our history of favoring audience-participation mysteries, we continue to experiment with different genres, including comedies, dramas and improv-based variety shows.

Other C.A.S.T. activities over the years have included acting classes for local youth and participation in statewide one-act competitions in such locations as Valdosta and Athens. We have also had our own improvisational group, Nuts and Jolts, which, with interest, could be reactivated in the future.  C.A.S.T. continues to command the love and loyalty of many who have worked with it over the years. We invite you to become involved as well. All you need to bring with you is an interest in having fun—onstage or backstage. If interested, please email castplays@outlook.com and be sure to “like” our Facebook page.

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