By  Mike Miller  August 27, 2022

Among the many things that make the state of Florida a great place to live are its community theaters.

Attending a live theatre theatrical performance or visual arts event is a great way to get to know a community.

Tragic Comic Masks of Ancient Greek Theater represented in the Hadiran's Villa MosaicTragic Comic Masks of Ancient Greek Theater
As represented in the Hadrian's Villa Mosaic in Capitoline Museums in Rome, Italy

Many towns and cities have cultural organizations composed of a local board of directors that identify local artistic directors.

These boards actively recruit local actors for performances on their main stage.

The board will sometimes sponsor special events and educational programs and raises money to support the theater.

Riverside Theater, Vero BeachRiverside Theater, Vero Beach

It's fun to watch locals assume roles in your favorite plays, and to catch an occasional performance by nationally known actors and musicians.

I love to watch local mature and young adults alike perform in versions of Broadway musicals, new plays, and original works.

Eustis State TheaterEustis State Theater

The best community theatre organizations in some cities offer professional theatre companies in addition to local performers.

As you enjoy Florida on your day trips, one of the things you can do is check out the performance schedules for theaters in the town you are visiting.

Cast of Some Enchanted Evening at the Icehouse Theater in Mount Dora on November 18, 2021Cast of "Some Enchanted Evening" at the Icehouse Theater
Mount Dora, Florida on November 18, 2021

You will have a lot of fun watching the action. Here is a list of community theaters from all geographic regions of Florida.

Map of the 8 Regions of FloridaMap of the 8 Regions of Florida

  • Dixie Theatre - Apalachicola
  • Imogene Little Theatre - Milton
  • Mattie Kelly Art Center - Niceville
  • Seaside Rep Theater - Santa Rosa Beach
  • Stage Crafters Community Theater, Inc. - Fort Walton Beach

  • Hippodrome State Theatre - Gainesville.
  • Monticello Opera House - Monticello.
  • The Quincy Music Theatre - Quincy.
  • Suwannee Valley Players - Chiefland
  • Tallahassee Little Theatre - Tallahassee

  • Amelia Community Theatre - Fernandina Beach
  • Orange Park Community Theatre - Orange Park. 
  • Theatre Jacksonville - Jacksonville.

  • Titusville Playhouse - Titusville.
  • Melbourne Civic Theater - Melbourne.
  • The Henegar - Melbourne
  • Riverside Theatre - Vero Beach.
  • Surfside Players - Cocoa Beach.
  • Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse - Cocoa.

  • Bay Street Players - Eustis. 
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Orlando
  • Enzian Theater - Winter Park. 
  • Haines City Community Theatre - Haines City.
  • Highlands Little Theater - Sebring.
  • Icehouse Theater - Mount Dora.
  • Lake Wales Little Theatre - Lake Wales.
  • Ocala Civic Theatre - Ocala.
  • Orlando Repertory Theatre - Orlando
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Orlando
  • Osceola Arts - Kissimmee
  • Theatre Winter Haven - Winter Haven.
  • Theatre Downtown - Orlando. 
  • Wekiva River Players - Seminole County. 
  • Winter Park Playhouse - Winter Park. 
  • Garden Theater - Winter Garden

  • American Stage Theatre Company - St. Petersburg.
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre - Sarasota.
  • Carrollwood Players Community Theater - Tampa.
  • Florida Studio Theatre - Sarasota
  • Lemon Bay Playhouse - Englewood.
  • Richey Suncoast Theatre - New Port Richey
  • The Players - Sarasota
  • Venice Little Theatre - Venice.

  • Florida Repertory Theatre - Ft. Myers.
  • Gulfshore Playhouse - Naples.
  • Naples Players - Naples

  • Actors' Playhouse - Coral Gables
  • Area Stage Company - Coral Gables. 
  • Barn Theatre - Stuart. 
  • Boca Raton Theatre Guild - Boca Raton. 
  • Broward Center - Fort Lauderdale. 
  • Marathon Community Theatre, Inc - Marathon. 

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