Some people enjoy thunderstorms, some people enjoy sporting events, and then some people enjoy Theatre. Whether you’re a fan of Shakespeare or Sondheim, Bakersfield’s theatre scene has something to offer everyone. For some, the idea of having to sit through a play that may range anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours may seem just dreadful, but as for me, going to see a play is always quite the treat.
First up, we have the Empty Space. This theatre has been open since 2003, and I’ve had the pleasure of watching three different shows here. The first show I saw here was The Diary of Anne Frank. Don’t get me wrong, I had seen live shows before, but none quite so special as this one. Being that this was my first trip to The Empty Space, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the Theatre staff are very friendly and welcoming, which compliments the intimate setting of the Theatre as well. There is no charge for admission, but suggested donations are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Plays run back to back here so there’s always something showing or coming up.
Located at 706 Oak St Bakersfield, CA 93304
Next, we have the Spotlight Theatre. This theatre opened its doors in 1999, and is currently closed for renovation, but once they’re back in business, I would definitely recommend going to see a show here. Personally, I’ve only had the chance to see one show here, Real Women Have Curves, but once their doors are open again, I will definitely be making my way back to Spotlight for another show or two.
Located at 1622 19th St Bakersfield, CA 93301
Stars Theatre Restaurant and Bakersfield Music Theatre have been around since 1969. Their mission is to produce quality musical theatre primarily with local talent through three venues: Stars Theatre Restaurant, Harvey Auditorium and BMT School of the Performing Arts. I haven’t had the chance to see a show here yet, but I’ve heard great reviews from my peers!
Located at 1931 Chester Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301