Over the past 20 years, I've seen a fair share of performances, and performed in a fair share of of them, too, but I've never seen a show at the Hale Center Theater in Orem...until today. Me and three of the kids drove sixty miles south and watched a performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace." What a blast!
If you're not familiar with our region of the country, community theater is big, big stuff. And those even more familiar with the area know about the Hales and the theaters they've built. It's amazing that the family has successfully operated several theaters for so long. When I first saw HCTO, the building looked like it was a restaurant, and it might have been at one time. But you go inside the door and enter the main stage, it's an amazing place. The best way to describe the atmosphere is "intimate." The actors are seriously only feet away from any seat in the place.
Just a few miles from the theater is Brigham Young University where many of the actors--according to the playbill--studied. Even though the"Y" as it's commonly known, is not one of my favorite places, the talent that is produced at that school is undeniable. The cast was suburb.
The kids (and I...) loved the show. I have never seen it before. Too bad the theater is so far away. It's such a quaint place.