When is the last time you attended a community theatre production? Or have you ever seen one? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Over 10 years ago when I moved to Shreveport-Bossier City, the local pool of talented actors and musicians blew me away. As a former newspaper reporter, I often covered previews for the coming productions and got a great introduction to our community theatre. From the area’s colleges to theatre troupes, each group has a collective goal to entertain and impact audiences through their art form, and I believe we are rather fortunate to have these artists in our neck of the woods. 

Joe Todaro is a local actor, director and freelance writer so who better to tackle this month’s cover story? Todaro examines the extensive history of community theatre, looking back to when it began in the 1800s. It’s difficult to completely recount over 100 years of community theatre in one article, so we made the decision to split the story in two parts. Stay tuned for part two in August’s magazine and don’t forget to support your local theatre.

If you’re in the market for a new home or maybe you’re ready to sell, you’ll want to learn more about the realtors working in our market. SB Magazine’s annual Top Realtors section will help you partner with a realtor that fits your needs and check out the first-time homebuyer’s guide to property titles and real estate terminology.

Even though the kids are home from school for summer break, it doesn’t mean they can’t learn a thing or two while on vacation. Columnist and etiquette expert Erica Thomas gives parents some helpful tips on how to raise children to be kind and generous — and we all could use a little more kindness in today’s fast paced world.  

Mark your calendars! In case you haven’t heard, SB Magazine has partnered with Lee Michaels and Dress for Success for a major event happening Sept. 26-29 — SB Fashion Week. The week begins with a kick-off party at Flying Heart Brewing & Pub with a performance from American Idol’s Garrett Jacobs, followed by tearoom modeling at local restaurants, a movie night at Robinson Film Center, a fashion design competition called Project Broadway and finally, the main runway show Saturday, Sept. 29 at 601 Spring in downtown Shreveport. More details will be released soon so keep an eye on our Facebook page and SBMag.net/fashionweek for ticket information. We hope to see you there.