The Reitz Theatre
The Reitz Theatre
The arts in downtown DuBois are not just enduring, they are thriving in more ways than one. The Paul G. Reitz Theater is nestled on two lots along Scribner Ave. A testament to the enduring spirit of downtown, this former church was one of the few structures to survive the great fire of 1888. The theater hosted Steel Magnolias as its inaugural show in October 1992. Since then, the Reitz has put on a variety of plays year round including: A Christmas Carol, The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oliver, Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Our Town, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Midsummer Night's Dream, and many more.
Part of what makes the Reitz Theater special is its connection to the community. For over twenty years, the Reitz has been run by a non-profit group of local residents known as Cultural Resources Incorporated (CRI). CRI strives to keep a community focus as the theater provides entertainment for patrons and training in the theater arts for participants of all ages. The stable of actors/actresses that grace the stage and produce the shows are known as the Reitz Theater Players (RTP). Acting, set design, make-up, costuming, and teamwork are all completed by the RTP.
Training can start at a young age as demonstrated by the Reitz’s summer children’s workshop where the young stars not only perform but also help script the play. These workshops are held during the summer months and offer an affordable and well-paced introduction to the theater arts for young aspiring artists. Many of these participants go on to become full-fledged Reitz Theater Players.
Whether you are a visitor to the area or a lifelong resident, the Reitz welcomes you to be a part of the arts in our area.
Show dates and reservations available at www.reitztheater.com