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The big stage offers live shows in Reno Tahoe

By Alexis Scatena  
Hamilton at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

For performers and theatre patrons alike, the return of live shows brought a sense of relief and excitement.

After a year and a half of closed curtains and blacked-out stages, theatres and venues across the community are finally turning their spotlights back on. 

If I could make a dollar each time I heard a stranger say, “Gosh, it is so nice to have live music and theatre back,” I would be a millionaire.

After a year and a half of closed curtains and blacked-out stages, theatres and venues across the community are finally turning their spotlights back on. 

According to Americans for the Artsthe performing arts industry in the state of Nevada suffered an estimated financial loss of $15.8 million.

While some beloved Northern Nevada venues locked their doors for good, others survived and reopened with a confident smile and warm welcome.  

We certainly believe in this community and we believe in the power of the performing arts,” says Dennyse Sewell, executive director of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

“We knew [theatre] was going to come back. Our decision was to reopen in a small, cautious, careful way or take the opportunity to go all in to do something we’ve never done and open our arms as wide as possible to invite everyone back. We chose the latter and I’m glad we did.” 

In June, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts announced its stellar comeback with the Broadway Comes to Reno 2021-2022 seasonfeaturing CatsFiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ SuperstarHadestown, and the international phenomenon, Hamilton.

Aside from hosting nationwide touring shows, the Pioneer Center is home to the Reno Philharmonic, which is set to have several performances now through 2022. Check online for COVID-19 guidelines and show listings. 

In South Reno, aspiring young dancers and actors can train at Loft Dance Theater Arts to one day be on the big stage. The organization is dedicated to bringing the dancer and performer out in everyone.

Now through June 2022, students aged 5 to 17 can take an array of classes, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, theater expression, and more.

Due to COVID-19, LDTA evaluates and assesses the in-person class options each month and may implement Zoom lessons, if needed.   

Aside from musicals and dance productions, music fans are ecstatic to see their favorite music artists returning to cities on tour.

Right here in the “Jewel of the Sierra,” the Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort will host rock artists The Dead South and George Thorogood & the Destroyers for their rescheduled show dates in late winter and spring.

Visitors can stay up to date with new show listings, as well as the venue’s recent COVID-19 guidelines by visiting its website.

If the pandemic taught me one thing, it is this: You never know when the last curtain call will take place.

Take advantage of your favorite touring musicians and plays debuting at local theatres and music venues, and experience what makes the Reno/Tahoe performing arts community shine so bright.