If you have not watched a stage play at the Fair Theatre in Somerville, Tenn., you have missed a wonderful experience. It has the nostalgic feel of yesterday, but has amenities that we expect in theatres today. One of those is the excellent sound system, which makes the audience feel as if they are part of what is happening on stage.
The Fair Theatre has not always been a venue for performing arts, but began its life in 1935, when Mr. and Mrs, Norman Fair opened the doors, and it began its magical life as a movie theater. It continued to provide big screen films to its patrons until June of 1953, when it was damaged by a fire. It was reopened in 1954 and continued as a movie theater, but was now equipped with wide-screen CinemaScope pictures, with improved sound.
Many plays and other events such as the "Relay for Life" have taken center stage at the Fair Theatre through the years, and it continues to draw large crowds to its magnificent performances. An anticipated event to come here in March 2013, is Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I," which will be directed by Mary Harrell of the Somerville Theatrical Arts Repertory, Inc.(S.T.A.R.). This is possibly the grandest performance that the Fair Theatre has hosted. The play will open on March 1, 2013, with additional performances on March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. The Friday Night and Saturday Night performances start at 7:00PM and the Sunday Matinees at 2:30PM.
There will be additional articles written about this event, as well as a special recognition article showcasing Director Mary Harrell and her other plays at the theatre. If you would like to be notified by email each time a new article is published in the Examiner, press the subscribe link located above the photo in this article. It's free.