Most small towns usually have their own personality or something they are known for by visitors.

“Bandon by the Sea” is known for its beautiful beaches, and famous golf course, but there is another area that gives our community something very special. Bandon offers a fantastic Arts and Entertainment venue that is rated right along with “big city” presentations.

I would like to share with you and applaud three hard working groups that keep our wonderful Sprague Theater booked all year long…

Bandon Playhouse

The Bandon Playhouse has been offering plays and musicals for over 30 years and has always had high reviews.  Some of the presentations have been:  Camelot, Chicago, Picnic, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music.  This volunteer group encourages preforming arts; acting, backstage and scene involvement, scripts, and other related activities.

New Artist Productions

Bandon’s New Artist Productions is non-profit for young artists to learn and become totally involved with every aspect of the performing arts.  Some of these young folks start at five years old.  Future talent needs this unique opportunity to be recognized.  The group provides recording services, stage presence, and financial assistance to young artists.  Several of their members were selected to go to Carnegie Hall to participate in the national choir. This is a group close to heart for our local parents and grandparents. 

Bandon Showcase

Bandon Showcase was formed in 2002 with its first performance “St Petersburg String Quartet, from Russia, in March of 2003. This group of patrons decided to utilize our beautiful theater and bring Broadway quality performances to our small community. A core group attends the Northwest Booking Conference every year held in Portland to select top notch groups for the season shows. Some of the entertainment has consisted of: The Canadian Tenors, Mike Strickland, Men of Worth, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and from Broadway with over 3,000 performances of “Phantom of the Opera”, Franc D’Ambrosio.

This year the season will end with “Harry James Orchestra” on May 19. Each season starts on or about September and ends the following May, usually with four to five presentations.

Are you involved in any of these groups or have you had a memorable experience at the Sprague Theater? Please comment!

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