The Crystal Theatre has had many lives since it opened in 1913, first drawing customers with vaudeville shows, then silent movies and talkies. It morphed into a coffee house and had a 20-year run as a dinner theater, where local performers staged classics such as “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Oklahoma” and “Grease.”Then, in 2002, the theater went dark for an extended intermission. No one knew if it had another act.
Nine years ago the curtain went up on a new path for the historic playhouse. The board decided to expand the number of shows they were able to produce by bringing in visiting productions. They also decided to concentrate their energies on youth and youth programming.
The Crystal Theatre's Young Program is the only one of its kind in Texas, and maybe in the nation. The program is dedicated to providing arts-in-education opportunities for young people from all backgrounds.
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