Reprinted from 2011 – Why a January show is worth your time

So the holidays have come and gone. The gifts have all been unwrapped, the decorations have been stored for another year, and you’re about to settle into the “Post Christmas blahs”. You know what I mean, where it’s time to rest from all the hustle and bustle of the season. You can start your winter hibernation and not emerge from your house for social activities until the spring thaw (well, we are in Texas, so “thaw” may be a little inaccurate, but you get the idea).

Many arts organizations (not all, but many) choose to surrender to this kind of mentality. They’ll close their doors through January and much of February to avoid the inevitable after Christmas slowdown. Even on Broadway, many shows choose January as the time to close while the theatre retools for another production. It is an understandable approach to a challenging situation.

But here at Plaza Theatre Company, we like to think differently. Part of our commitment to the community is that we are open EVERY WEEKEND OF THE YEAR. Whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter there is always something fun going on here at PlazaCo. In the past, we have presented some wonderful January productions here at Plaza including FOREVER PLAID, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES. And while attendance for these shows hasn’t been horrible, they have never matched the attendance of our summer or holiday shows.

We get it. We know the holidays were busy, that your pocketbook was stretched and that you want a little rest. May we, however, offer a case for seeing a January show, if not here at Plaza, then somewhere.

Yes, the holidays were busy, but during all the rush, how much time did you take for yourself? Why not kick back and enjoy a couple hours of worry free laughter and enjoyment? Your mood will be lightened and “getting back to life” won’t seem like such a chore. So many times, as we greet patrons leaving the theatre after a show, they will offer their thanks and appreciation to us for providing year-round entertainment in Cleburne. It’s right here in your backyard y’all, and it’s a great way to get back in the swing of things for the New Year.

And we’ve got the perfect little comedy to cure those winter blues here at Plaza. A lighthearted farce with a fun twist sure to raise your spirits. What’s more, THE FOREIGNER is the 50th production presented by Plaza Theatre Company since opening in April of 2007. Considering that Plaza was recently named the “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List, you know you’ll have a good time while kicking those winter blahs right in the teeth.

So make plans to see THE FOREIGNER before it closes January 28th. We think your New Year will be all the better for it. Happy 2012 y’all.

Best Regards,

JTAM

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