Community theater is truly all about community. Between directors, cast, crew, musicians, publicity, hospitality and fundraising, there’s a place for everyone, and it’s not uncommon to see several generations of a family working in a production, with more in the audience. The stress of it all bonds the theater family together in a way that few other communal activities can. And this bond helps when turnout is disappointing; everyone’s efforts are as much as for each another and the shared accomplishment as they are for an audience.
These ruminations came to mind at Friday’s performance by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company of “The Red Mill” by Victor Herbert, the second night of a two-week run (through June 16) at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville. The effort put forth onstage, including delightfully elaborate set and costumes, deserves more community support; there were more people working the show than attending.