Veale Creek Theatre may be best known for the half a dozen or so theatre productions community members bring to life on stage each year. Now, the rural theatre will also be offering patrons more entertainment options throughout the year.
“We will be launching Community Movie Nights this Saturday,” said Tyler Simpson, president of the Veale Creek Theatre Board of Directors. “One Saturday a month we will show movies at the theatre. There will be two films each time, a movie aimed at kids that will show at 3 p.m. and other classics at 7 p.m. for adults or families.”
Saturday’s movie lineup includes “Doug’s First Movie” at 3 p.m. and “The Karate Kid” at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are available at the door, Simpson said, are $5 each and refreshments will also be available for purchase.
Movies on the slate for April 21 include “Air Bud” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and on May 19, patrons can catch “The Muppets Movie” and “Raising Arizona.”
“Our goal is to show nostalgic films that families can enjoy together,” he said.
Simpson said by offering the movies, the Veale Creek Theatre Board hopes to not only use the facility more but also encourage more community members to make the short trip down SR 57S.
“We are hoping to utilize our theatre more in the future and get a new group of people out to Veale Creek Theatre,” he said. “We’ve recently launched a new website and are looking for ways to engage our community.”
The movie engagements don’t mean the theatre that has been entertaining area residents with community productions for more than 30 years will shy away from stage shows.
“We are still committed to providing five or six theatre productions a year,” said Simpson adding the first production of the year will be “Independence Day at Happy Meadows” April 27, 28 and 29.
Friday and Saturday night shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will start at 2 p.m.
“Hibbett Sports handles our reservations for performances,” said Simpson who said Hibbett’s will have tickets three weeks prior to the show’s opening. “Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but we recommend reservations since there are only 72 seats in the theatre.”
On May 5 and 6, an all-student production of “Aladdin” will be on the stage and this year, the summer musical will be “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. That show will open the weekend of July 27.
“Auditions for ‘Joseph’ will be June 4 and 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Simpson who said those auditions will be at the theatre. “Actors only need to attend one audition date and men are especially needed for this show.”
Fall and Christmas shows are also in the works with dates still to be determined. Those auditions will be announced via Veale Creek’s Facebook page and new website, www.vealecreektheatre.squarespace.com.