Now 50 years old, the Jewel Box Theatre at 3700 N. Walker enjoys a base of season ticket holders who finance the theater completely, and a network of directors, actors and volunteers who keep coming back year after year.
Artistic director Chuck Tweed took off the pressure of selecting such an important season by asking his loyal audience to make lists of what shows they wanted to see.
The six that showed up the most comprise the theater's 50th season:
" "Nunsense" (Aug. 23-Sept. 16)
" "Deathtrap" (Oct. 4-28)
" "Arsenic and Old Lace" (Nov. 15-Dec. 9)
" "Forever Plaid" (Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2008)
" "Lend Me a Tenor" (March 6-30, 2008) and
" "My Fair Lady" (April 17-May 11, 2008).
When asked to reflect on what a milestone like half a century means, Tweed said, "First off, nobody does it alone." As far as he's concerned, he has surrounded himself with people who know their stuff, and he lets them work.
"The fact that they're great reflects back on me," he said. "If I look good, it's only because I'm in the middle of a well-oiled machine. I try to get out of the way and let them do their thing."