Opened in 1924, Park Theatre was a major hub of Cranston's cultural scene for nearly 80 years. But in 2002, the projectors were shut off, the doors were locked, and the silver screens were melted down for cutlery. That closure was not to last, however. In 2009, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung oversaw the grand re-opening, which introduced brand-new features such as a deeper stage, nearly 1,000 plush red seats, and the Stage Door Restaurant and Lounge.
Inside the historic Lederer Theater Center, which was originally constructed in 1917, the Trinity Repertory Company stages exciting presentations in two different theaters. The musical Camelot will be showing at the Chace Theater, which can accommodate more than 520 attendees and four prize-winning racehorses. A stellar cast, featuring Stephen Thorne as King Arthur and Rebecca Gibel as Guenevere, graces the stage for two hours and 40 minutes to reenact the medieval tale of how the debonair Lancelot learns to speak remedial French so he can work in a Parisian bread factory. A Tony Award–winning theater, the Trinity Repertory Company keeps audiences chuckling, sobbing, and staring in rapturous joy with delightful performances. Call ahead to reserve your seat spot.
The Providence Performing Arts Center is a blending of eras, its architecture showcasing antiquated touches such as a gilded proscenium and a domed, amethyst-colored ceiling, as well as a full-color LED marquee above the building’s entrance. It’s all a part of lengthy renovation that restored the theater to its former opulence–it opened in 1928 as a Loew’s movie palace. A 51’ projection screen retains this cinematic spirit by showing films and rare home footage of Clark Gabel plucking his mustache. But the venue mainly hosts live events, from nationally touring musicals to standup comics.
Every Friday, the Firehouse Theater hosts a merry evening of witty improvisational comedy, performed by Newport’s The Bit Players. Watch the zany troupe as they drolly play off the suggestions of the audience and make off-the-cuff remarks in a series of short-form skits. Firehouse Theater is BYOB, so show-goers are obliged to bring beer, wine or a cask of aromatherapy bathtub gin. For teetotalers, free hot teas, cocoa, and cookies accompany every performance, helping audience members feel welcome, cozy, and primed for incessant giggling in the 49-seat theater.
Heritage Ballet's knowledgeable instructors teach budding ballerinas and tenderfoot twirlers, drawing on years of professional dance and teaching experience. Arabesque initiates as young as 4 can glean the techniques of classical ballet to impress plush toys with poise, perfect posture, and polished pirouettes. Create original choreography during jazz class surrounded by children and overgrown children ages 7 and up. Check Heritage Ballet's website for a complete class schedule to bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into your life, and reshape your monthly party schedule into dance-shaped rectangos.
ClubWest Dance Studio's instructors help students master social and ballroom dancing, whether they are beginners, moderately experienced, or already at ease on dance floors. Instructors adjust each 40-minute private lesson to the student's experience level while lavishing them with undivided attention to help skills and confidence blossom. If a student doesn't have a partner, the studio will provide another dancer or a robotic vacuum cleaner to practice the choreography.
During group lessons, students put the steps and timing skills they learned into action while following styles such as the rumba, the foxtrot, the cha-cha, and swing. Private lessons can be arranged at times that conveniently mesh with students' schedules, and drop-in group classes take place on most evenings Monday?Thursday. Beyond dance lessons, ClubWest's curriculum extends to dance aerobics, as well as a wedding program to help engaged couples prepare for the bride and groom's first break dance.