The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

Many Musical Theatre U readers are just starting their acting careers, or could be considered pre-professional. After graduating out of a high school or college level theatre program, what's next? If you're lucky, you might get cast immediately into paid, professional work. However, the majority will work their way up the ladder, just like any other career, and move from lower status jobs gradually up to paid and leading roles. Often, that ladder begins with community theatre, a natural step after a high school or college program. Let's discuss what it's like to participate in a community theatre production, what kind of situations you'll encounter, and how to make the most of it.

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