Lake Worth Playhouse has long been considered a gem in a town known for its cultural significance to Palm Beach. This theater, which has been around since the Great Depression, puts on live-action plays, movies and educational series year-round. This season has the promise of being one of the best yet.
Starting with the live-action plays, Lake Worth's rendition of South Pacific, a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, will run from Thursday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 1. The story focuses on a pair of romances during World War II, set off course in the South Pacific.
Next up is Arsenic and Old Lace, the play made famous by Cary Grant's performance in the film adaptation. This will run from Thursday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 15. This comedy will have you bent over in laughter from the jump.
Community theater participants at Lake Worth Playhouse have a great time putting on a show for a packed house — Photo courtesy of Lake Worth Playhouse
Lastly, we have Cabaret, setting up shop from Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 26. This book-based play takes place in 1930s Berlin and centers around a shady nightclub and an intercontinental love affair.
For all the snowbirds coming down to enjoy the warm weather, the above three plays gives you plenty to do when looking for night-on-the-town-type activities.
The difference between community theater and the Broadway shows at the Kravis center are noticeable, but welcomed. The actors/actresses at Lake Worth are more likely to take chances, try some off-the-cuff humor, etc. You have a chance to receive a very intimate performance, as opposed to paying an arm and a leg for a nose bleed seat at Kravis.
Besides the live-action plays, there are a series of notable one-off showings and performances. On Saturday, Feb. 14, a Patsy Kline tribute act takes the stage. This show ran last year and sold out, so be sure to grab your seats well in advance. For $20, you can see the most life-like representation of Patsy anywhere on the planet.
On Wednesday, March 25, the Las Vegas Legends show, featuring Jimmy Mazz, goes on. Jimmy covers hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin and many more. For those who love the oldies, this is for you.
On Saturday, March 28, there's an act the whole family can enjoy. The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long comes to the Lake Worth Playhouse. The movie will screen with subtitles, and the host encourages everyone to belt out the words. Kids will love this. There will be a costume contest for the youngin's and the over-the-hillers alike.
If you are planning to be in the Palm Beach area this season, check out the Lake Worth Playhouse's schedule and grab some tickets to a show or screening that tickles your fancy. Maybe even pair the show with a great dinner from nearby Paradiso Ristorante, a wonderful Italian restaurant.