What is community theatre in Birmingham really like? (Hint: it’s only good times)

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Break a leg! (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

Ever wondered what it’s like being a thespian in the Magic City? As a visual arts performer myself, I’ve only just dipped my toes in show biz here, but the community is thriving! Keep reading to get a first-person’s account of community theatre in Birmingham.


“God, I hope I get it.” Though theatre in Birmingham isn’t as competitive as what’s happening in “A Chorus Line,” auditions can still really be as nerve-wracking as forgetting all your lines.

Luckily, the theatre community here is a welcoming bunch, so shake the jitters and make your way to an audition. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of where to enjoy local theatre in Birmingham.

There’s even a group on Facebook where Birmingham theatre lovers discuss future auditions and performances.

For the kids

At least for me, my passion for theatre in Birmingham began at a young age.  If you have children interested in theatre (or want them to be) check out some of these companies with dedicated children’s theatre programming:

The rehearsals

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A work in progress at Birmingham Festival Theatre! (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

To put on a show, an entire roller coaster of emotions is involved, so it’s only natural for you to bond with your fellow cast members. Since it’s community theatre, it takes work from everybody to get the show running, from props and costumes to set design, everybody will be putting in the work.

If a show is going to work, connections must be made. So after rehearsals, you’ll probably want to grab a beer at one of the 48 bars near downtown Birmingham.


Lights up! Tech week, remembering the lighting cues and being off book is all too real once opening week hits.

As an actor in Birmingham Festival Theatre’s Anatomy of Gray, there are a lot of emotions going on, especially since a virus sweeps the town causing a stir. But I still had tons of fun. For example, a cast member and I had a photo shoot at her apartment for the show. 10/10 would recommend.

PS—get your tickets for Anatomy of Gray here.

Do you have a favorite community theatre in Birmingham? Share your thoughts with us @BhamNow.

Summer Guffey
Summer Guffey

Art enthusiast and expert on all things tea.

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