Tri-State area community theaters are more than the "Forty-five Minutes From Broadway" of legendary showman George M. Cohan's 1906 musical, but that hasn't stopped them from tackiling a diverse production lineup of comedies, musicals, dramas and classics.
Many of the companies have been around for years.
Chambersburg Community Theatre is celebrating its 50th season. Potomac Playmakers is beginning its 78th season in Hagerstown, Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va., is in its 30th. Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va., has a community theater component that presents five shows a season.
Although a couple of the companies have a paid staff member, most of the people involved - some of them for many years - are volunteers.