The beautiful restored Perot theatre, located in downtown Texarkana at 3rd and Main Streets, has been a landmark since 1924 when it opened as the Saenger Amusement Company’s “Gateway to the West” theatre. Fully restored by the City of Texarkana, Texas, in 1979-80, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Native son H. Ross Perot, through the Perot Foundation, contributed much of the restoration costs in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Ross Perot. In recognition of this contribution, the Texarkana, Texas City Council renamed the building – the Perot theatre. The theatre annually hosts the Perot theatre Series featuring live productions by legendary musical performers and dance troupes. Tours of the Perot theatre are provided Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours for large groups of 20+ people can be held on the weekends if scheduled in advance. Tours are free, but donations are encouraged. http://www.trahc.org/perot-theatre
SILVERMOON CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Silvermoon Children’s theatre began in 2014 to provide entertaining, professional quality theatre, performed by children for audiences of all ages. They educate, challenge and inspire youth, support the learning environment, and build strong community values by encompassing all aspects of theatre, both technical and artistic. The group produces three main stage shows per calendar year and also has Drama Camps and Workshops for kids to attend.
TEX*REP (TEXARKANA REPERTORY COMPANY, INC.)
Texarkana Repertory Company, Inc. was formed in 1990 by a group of area stage enthusiasts. Tex*Rep performs a full sea- son of four shows each year. Several memorable shows have included: Legally Blonde, Grease, the Secret Garden, Proof, Steel Magnolias, Charlotte’s Web, A Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins, and Young Frankenstein. Some shows are done in collaboration with Texarkana College’s Department of Drama.
TEXARKANA COMMUNITY BALLET
Texarkana Community Ballet brings together the very best of the region’s classically-trained dancers for annual ballet performances. Texarkana Community Ballet holds company auditions each August, and performances of the Nutcracker are held each December in the historic Perot theatre in Downtown Texarkana. Its mission is to educate dancers and audiences in the art of classical ballet.
TEXARKANA REGIONAL CHORALE
The Texarkana Regional Chorale, under the musical direction of Marc-Andre’ Bougie and accompanied by Mary Scott Goode, is a chorus of local vocalists of all ages that enjoy offering the gift of music to the community. The Texarkana Regional Chorale presents concerts throughout the year featuring various musical selections, from classical, gospel, patriotic and folk. The Chorale has even travelled to sing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall.
TEXARKANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is the only fully professional, 501(c)(3) performing arts organization dedicated to ensuring that the world’s great symphonic compositions are performed, heard, felt, understood, appreciated, valued, and expected in the Texarkana area. Founded by an inspired group of initial patrons, their first concert was presented on April 4, 2006, and was hailed by the community as a needed and powerful new resource for musical leadership. Performances are slated periodically throughout the year.