How we can revitalize theater

April 12, 2023


Sarabeth Wester

What’s stopping you? Go out and see a show today!

Obviously, I am not an economist or a fortune teller. I cannot predict economic trends, nor can I offer any insight into why the market is the way it is; however, I can say that the only way to truly fight this trend is on the front line: go to live theater.

Sarasota is a community rich with live art. At least once a month, a show at a local theater will be playing. These shows bring together communities, adults and youth performers, who dedicate their time to the arts in order to provide live entertainment to their community.

Just by going to see a show and posting your location, you can bring attention back to the arts. If your peers see that you’re there, they’ll be more inclined to go and enjoy the art form. Find a group, go and spend a Friday night at the theater with your friends. The more young people who openly support theater and bring awareness to the medium, the better chance that the theater stigma will be ended and live art will be saved.

Saving live art will preserve the life lessons it has to teach. What would happen if no one went to see Shakespeare? Where would be without the cultural phenomena of Grease, Hamilton, and West Side Story? Who would the amazing actors be without a place for their passion to flourish?


The arts are what keeps society alive, so get out there and help revitalize this sacred art!

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