The cast of California Suite, Theatre of Dare's very first show.
Theatre of Dare began in 1991 with the help of Ruth Ambrosius and Pat Clayton with the Outer Banks Forum. The first organizational meeting was held in November of that year and along with the Dare County Arts Council "TOD" was born. Actually the original (and mercifully brief) name of Theatre of Dare was the "Players of Truth and Dare"!
Auditions for the first production, California Suite were held in January 1992 and the show was performed at the Port O'Call restaurant March 19-22, 1992, to great acclaim and gustatory delight. After a few other interesting locations were tried, the Theatre finally settled in the Manteo Middle School auditorium, which had appropriate seating and a real theatrical stage. Someday, the Theatre hopes a kind and generous benefactor in need of a healthy tax deduction (T.O.D. is a bona fide 501c3) will donate a reasonably sized building on the beach that can become our permanent home, allowing us to avoid the splinters and arrows of outrageous fortune that accompany the constant moving of sets and sensibilities.
Since these humble beginnings, TOD has performed dozens of major plays and several second stage vignettes. Each season brings more talent and energy to each production and we welcome with mosh pit enthusiasm assistance of every type, from hammer-wielding set builders to shy, undiscovered talent, often discovered after a misplaced hammer blow to the thumb.
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