When you think of the arts and culture in Texas, you might gravitate toward the bigger cities of Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio. But don’t discredit some of the smaller locations, including Lewisville, which has an abundance of locations where you can catch a play, watch professional ballerinas perform, or gaze upon one-of-a-kind works of art. The next time you’re in the area, make sure you check out any of these Lewisville-area locations.
Actors Conservatory Theatre
Established in 1999 by Joe Ann Brooks, the non-profit Actors Conservatory Theatre brings classic literature to children through plays and musicals. Over the years the group performed at churches, empty office spaces, and a library, until 2015 when the group found its home at its current location at 359 Lake Park Road.
Throughout the season, children are encouraged to get involved in plays, musicals, group activities, classes, and camps. Some performances that the group has done over the years include “Pinocchio,” “Puss in Boots,” “The King and I,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
Cross Timbers Artists’ Guild
Back in 2001, a group of local visual artists joined together to create the Cross Timbers Artists Studio Tour where members would open their studios to display their works of art. Held every second weekend in November, these artists would allow the public to showcase local artistry. Six years later the group became the nonprofit Cross Timbers Artists’ Guild to encourage others to appreciate the creative process and ideas relating to the visual arts. For several years the group maintained an art gallery where members could showcase their works.
Greater Lewisville Community Theater
To stimulate and promote education within the theater and performing arts community, the Greater Lewisville Community Theater showcases plays and special musical productions year-round. Found at 160 W. Main Street, the theater sits in the heart of historic Old Town and is the oldest building in Lewisville, dating back to 1885, with the theater taking up residence in 1983. Since its inception, it has produced almost 200 productions.
LakeCities Ballet Theater
The LakeCities Ballet Theater began in 1984 as a way to preserve classical ballet in the Lewisville area. Located at 1400 Justin Road, the ballet presents full-length classical ballet performances to local audiences. It also gives student dancers an opportunity to perform and train with professional dancers and choreographers. Dancers from this company have gone on to dance professionally all across the country as well as receive accolades and awards due to the training they received at this theater.
Lakeside Community Theatre
Although not located directly in Lewisville, the nonprofit Lakeside Community Theatre is another ideal spot to check out the arts and culture scene. Head over to 6303 Main St. in nearby The Colony to watch local talent shine in theater and performing arts. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.
Formed in 1985 by a group of local thespians known as The Lakeside Players, the group put on its first performance of “You Can’t Take It With You” at a local church. After performing for several years, the group went dormant in 1992 when it couldn’t find an affordable performance facility. It wasn’t until 2001 when the group was revived and found its current residence in the Lakeside Arts Center.
Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater
Located at 100 N. Charles, Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater provides a spacious home for performers to showcase their visual artistry. It also hosts regional and national shows and exhibits as well as a multitude of classes and meetings.
The multipurpose facility houses a 296-seat auditorium with acoustics for speech and music, a 2,200-square-foot gallery, 1,750 square feet of classrooms, a 2,400-square-foot dance recital hall, a 3,000-square-foot black box theater, and a courtyard perfect for outdoor entertainment. Throughout the year, the facility hosts Broadway-style musicals, concerts, and plays presented by local and traveling troupes. During the summer, enjoy free outdoor concerts.
Housed within the gallery is the Visual Art League of Lewisville, which aims to promote the visual arts through education and exhibitions. This group began in 1978 in gallery space at a shopping center and then moved to the theater in 2012. In addition to enhancing visual arts, the group’s members participate in performance activities including Acoustic Friday Jams each Friday evening from 7 until 10 p.m. Open to the public, this event is also available to all levels of skill who play any type of acoustic instrument.
Studio B Performing Arts Center
Since it began in 1999, the Studio B Performing Arts Center has provided live theater, workshops, and acting classes for those in the area. At its location at 2400 FM in nearby Highland Village, the center encourages participation and appreciation of the arts, music, and theater. It also strives to foster independent thinking and creativity through performing arts. Not only does it offer annual performances, but there are workshops and camps available throughout the year.
For the past 20-plus years, some of the acts that have been performed at the center include “The Odd Couple,” “Farce of Habit,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” and “Nutty Nutcracker.”
Head over to nearby Coppell at 157 S. Moore Road to the Theatre Coppell, which has entertained audiences with musicals, dramas, and comedies for more than 25 years. The all-volunteer theatre remains a vital part of the community, as it presents six shows each season, several of which are family-friendly options. It also puts on a musical and at least one performance highlighting young cast members.
All performances occur at the intimate 124-seat black box theatre, with seating available on three sides of the stage. Previous performances have included the “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bus Stop,” “The Foreigner,” and “Dr. Cook’s Kitchen.”
What do you think of this list provided by Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville? Did we find all the arts and culture scenes in the area, or did we miss a few? If there’s a spot that you think we should add, make sure you drop us a line so we can add it.
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