One of the area’s most beloved community theatres is back in business and eager to bring their shows back to the Northwest Houston community.
Theatre Suburbia, Houston’s longest-running volunteer-driven playhouse, is now officially up and running at its new home at 5201 Mitchelldale St., Suite A-3 and ready to get their productions back in full swing.
“We’ve got a history that we’re proud of, and we want it to continue on for long after we’re all gone,” said Elvin Moriarty with Theatre Suburbia.
The past few months have not been easy for the organization amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, as they suffered major losses during Harris County’s Stay-At-Home order, which only further complicated the move to a new home. The theatre lost the lease on its location at 4106 Way Out West Dr. back in January, forcing a move to new digs. They had occupied that spot for more than a decade after moving from the original location at 1410 W. 43rd St. in 2008.
However, Moriarty said the support of the Garden Oaks and Oak Forest communities never wavered as they did their best to get the theatre up and running. For several months, supporters donated funds through Facebook and the organization’s website to help pay for rent and utilities at the new location.
“We have supporters from the theatre supporting it through donations or word-of-mouth advertising that may not even come to see the shows – they just support it as a theatre,” Moriarty said. “Our patrons are key to us just as they are to any community theatre.”
Founded in 1961, Theatre Suburbia typically brings seven new shows to life on the stage each year. They will open their new home with a production of “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got The Will,” which is scheduled to open June 26 and run through July 25. Shows will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through July 25, and while there will be matinee showings at 2 p.m. on July 12 and July 19. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 each for seniors, students and matinee performances.
For more information on Theatre Suburbia and any upcoming shows or to make your reservation, you can visit the theatre’s website at theatresuburbia.org, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-682-3525.
The theatre will also be implementing COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including operating at 50 percent capacity, so those interested in attending the shows are encouraged to make reservations early due to limited seating availability.
Moriarty thanked the community for their support through everything, and believes the best is yet to come.
“Being an all-volunteer organization, community support is everything. Without it, we wouldn’t have a place to perform, a set to perform on or an audience to perform to,” he said. “It truly does take a village to get a theatre running and keep it going.”
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