It’s a festive time of year for Theatre of the Republic, with one season, its 44th, down, and a new year, its 45th, dawning.
The annual Torry Awards celebration will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, outside the troupe’s home stage, the historic Main Street Theatre, in downtown Conway, right outside the doors, with a street party afterward, with the public encouraged to take part.
Tim McGhee, deep into his second decade as Theatre of the Republic’s executive and artistic director, spoke Thursday about this break between seasons and shows, on the heels of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” which wrapped up three weekends of performances July 6, and “Avenue Q,” which opens Aug. 15 for three weekends.
This past season’s other shows comprised “9 to 5: The Musical,” “The 39 Steps,” “Holiday on Main Street: My Favorite Things,” “Monty Python’s SpamALot” and “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical.”
The Torry Awards, though, celebrate everyone’s contributions to another season of community theater, whether acting or helping direct on stage, assisting with the whirlwind of duties behind the curtains, selling tickets, designing scenes, or ushering patrons to their seats.
Even if you don’t attend the awards, we invite everyone to come out.