Community-Based Theatre is Featured in New "Leading Edge" Segment with Host Jimmy Johnson

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As more people demand the arts, community-based theatre steps in to meet the demands.

Many people are familiar with terms such as "off Broadway" but community-based theatre is another term altogether. The term is used when the theatrical production is done inside of a community for the members of the community. Often times, the writer, the actors, and all of the behind the scenes crew are within the community with no help from the outside.

Jimmy Johnson, the host of Leading Edge, hosts segments that features the production team visiting a theatre to learn more about it. Residents of the community who are involved answer questions in terms of how they got started and why they think it is good for the community. For many, it allows people to have a creative outlet while being able to give back to the community.

There is not just one area of the country responsible for bringing community-based theatre to light. As more people demand the arts and cannot see Broadway or off-Broadway shows, community-based theatres are created to meet the demand. These are often low budget, but can be just as thrilling as a high-end production because of the spirit of those involved.

Community theatre isn't the only topic that Johnson covers. The regular segments for Public Television include other topics including health care, politics, education and travel.

Leading Edge is distributed around the U.S. to Public Television stations and is not associated with PBS. Visit the series' website at for more information or email info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com to contact producers.

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