Let's start at the very beginning...
the encore story
We've got magic to do...
What We Believe
Seeing is Believing...
In 2006, a group of actors, musicians, educators, and theatre artists came together to discuss the state of performing arts in the Lakeway Area. We began to identify the need for a reputable performing arts company that would provide quality entertainment and arts education for audiences and artists alike. We set out to improve the quality of life in our community, to produce exciting plays and musicals, and to promote the performing arts in our region.
Our founding company members sought out community leaders and business executives who identified the importance of our quality of life. Through the generous support of our founding patrons, corporate sponsors, trustees and company members, Encore Theatrical Company was incorporated in the fall of 2006. We spent months preparing and planning, forming a business plan, gathering community support, and planning our kickoff. On December 17, 2006, we held a community party where we unveiled our new company.
Our inaugural season begin in April of 2007 with our first production of Peter Pan. With the generous support and partnership of Walters State Community College, we found a facility to produce our productions in the William H. Inman Humanities Theatre on the Morristown campus.
Encore Theatrical Company believes in the power of the arts. Through live performances and educational programs, we will provide quality entertainment by creating opportunities for the artistic minds in our region to exercise, nurture, and grow their talents. By cultivating and promoting the performing arts, we will improve the quality of life in the Lakeway Area.
1) There is a strong positive correlation between the quality of life and the economic development of a region. Sustainable growth in one is dependent on sustainable growth in the other.
2) Improving the Lakeway Area’s quality of life (and thus, economic development) is the responsibility of an entire community, not just a select few. A strong arts program is dependent on collaborative support from individuals, the business community, the education establishment, and the government.
3) The arts are a vital part of the educational process, which is another key to economic development and improved quality of life. Arts education and opportunities help participants develop skills in critical thinking, goal setting, team building, problem solving, conflict resolution, and craftsmanship.
4) If the Lakeway community fails to provide opportunities for its creative class, it risks permanently losing those individuals and their supporters to other areas.
5) The performing arts are a combination of many other art forms, including visual arts, acting, music, dance, public speaking, handcrafts, and creative writing. Thus, a strong performing arts program is the most economical and efficient way to deliver cultural opportunities to artists, students, and audience.
6) The Lakeway Area deserves a multitude of strong, diverse performing arts opportunities. Our residents should not believe they must leave the community to enjoy quality entertainment. Our creative class should not have to leave the area to exercise their talents.