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“Largest Community Theater in Rochester”

Rochester Civic Theatre
Ranked #20 of 53 things to do in Rochester
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

There are only a few places with live theater in Rochester, and this is the most prominent one. It is a "volunteer driven" community theater, meaning there are about 8 paid staff and everyone else is a volunteer (actors, set crew, ticket office). Therefore, the talent level can be hit or miss since most people are locals with an interest in acting and not professionally trained.
The venue is great, renovated in 2001, and seats around 250 people with ample stage space as well. The shows are generally family-friendly: there isn't anything cutting edge or avant-garde about RCT. That said, the shows are usually pretty well done, from costuming to set design to directing. Some shows I've seen had complex, extravagant sets that evolve and interchange and seem like professional quality (but since then the resident set designer retired).
Musicals are the biggest productions of the season, so they go all out and usually pull it off. I've seen some good smaller-scale dramas that managed to assemble a great cast (Of Mice and Men is notable, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and some not-so-great comedies with bad timing and questionable vision (As You Like It). It really depends on the show, cast, and director, so I guess for $17- $22, you can take your chances. (Yes, WAAAAAY overpriced!). However, in a town devoid of any professional theatre, it's probably the best you can get.

Thank APois
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