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Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out, A Night Out,

The capital city is steeped in history, but there’s more to Montgomery than an interesting, inspiring past. Today, our present is buzzing with creativity that’s being expressed with paint, metal, textiles and clay and through dance, music and theatre. The amount of art being produced in Montgomery may surprise you, and we know it will impress you.

Center Stage

There’s never been a better time to be a theatre lover in Montgomery.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival

This fully professional regional theatre is known around the world for its Shakespeare productions, yet its well-rounded seasons with 14 productions also include Broadway musicals, children’s productions, American classics and world premieres of brand-new works. All of this activity plays out in the $21.5 million Carolyn Blount Theatre, which houses two theatres (the 750-seat Festival Stage and the 225-seat Octagon), production shops, rehearsal halls and administrative work spaces all set in English-style grounds.

Cloverdale Playhouse

The Cloverdale Playhouse is the city’s new community theatre set in the heart of Old Cloverdale and housed in a renovated church. The facility hosts lectures and other arts performances in addition to its season of plays, which are wholly produced, set, directed and acted by community volunteers.

Montgomery Performing Arts Center

Experience a bit of the Big Apple in the capital city when Broadway productions run at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, a 1,800-seat, state-of-the-art theatre downtown. MPAC also hosts concerts with the hottest names in music as well as comedy shows and kids’ events.

The Capri Theatre

Montgomery’s only independent theater, The Capri is in the heart of charming Old Cloverdale and shows independent films and also hosts the performances of other arts groups like ClefWorks.

The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts

Opened downtown in 1930, this grand theatre was restored to its former glory in the 1980s. With 1,200 seats the theatre hosts amateur and professional musicals, dramatic productions, chamber music groups, orchestras, ballets and instrumental performances of all types.

On Pointe

Montgomery boasts two ballet companies, each presenting annual favorites.

The Montgomery Ballet

The Montgomery Ballet is the city’s official professional performing company, treating the area to 53 years of the grace, beauty and power of classical ballet. Montgomery Ballet presents two free outdoor performances annually, Performance on the Green and Ballet & the Beasts (at the Montgomery Zoo), and every December delights children and adults alike with its magical, full-length production of “The Nutcracker,” a family favorite.

Alabama Dance Theatre

ADT is an award-winning ballet company with an eclectic repertoire including classical and contemporary ballets by nationally recognized guest choreographers, as well as emerging choreographers within the company. Its holiday offering “Mistletoe” is a Montgomery tradition, as is its celebration of summer’s end, Stars On the Riverfront, held right on the banks of the Alabama River beside downtown.

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