Theater troupe’s long run great accomplishment

Success can be defined in a variety of ways, but one measure is longevity — the ability to do something for an extended period of time.

By that measure, the Mill Race Theatre Company has been quite successful. It’s celebrating its 50th year of entertaining area residents with live performances.

The troupe started as an idea of the Columbus Arts Guild, and launched in 1969 as the Mill Race Players. It started primarily as an outlet for children’s productions, and its first show was “Tom Sawyer.” However, it has expanded offerings to the type of shows that audiences typically would see in larger communities, such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati or Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, it performed “Cabaret.”

Another measure of success is influence. Considering the Mill Race Theatre Company calls among its alumni opera performers, Broadway stars and area singers, dancers and directors, it’s been quite successful.

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And, the opportunities provided to performers has made the troupe so near and dear to the hearts of some that a devoted core of performers have helped the troupe for decades. That speaks well of its mission and how it’s valued.

The Mill Race Theatre Company is an important community resource, one that’s providing tremendous opportunities to display singing, dancing and acting skills, and many hours smiles, laughs and wide-eyed enjoyment.

We hope that continues for many more years.