Although many theater productions are geared to an adult audience and often contain content unsuitable for children, family-friendly theater is what 246 The Main is all about. Located in the small town of Brookneal, Va., 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre celebrated its one year anniversary on Aug. 1, 2015.
The Main strives to not only entertain, but also to touch those in the community. The plays and musicals presented at 246 The Main are selected for their value and message.
The next offering at 246 The Main is “EVERGREEN”, a comedy/ drama about Alzheimer’s. The play is a story of a mother’s love for her son and family rivalry and presents a message of what’s really important in life.
On stage Sept. 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12, “EVERGREEN” was written by theater owner, Donnalynn Davis, who served as caretaker for her mother-in-law, Rachel P. Davis. The elder Davis suffered from and succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.
“The script is fictional and very funny,” says Davis, “The subject matter is a tough one, but I worked in geriatrics for thirteen years, I know the disease well and it is handled very respectfully. My husband Carl has a saying about this play: ‘If it doesn’t make you laugh, you don’t have a sense of humor, and if it doesn’t bring a tear, you don’t have a heart.’ I think that about says it.” Donnalynn and Carl Davis vow to donate $1,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association to help find a cure.
In the past year, 246 The Main has produced the following plays, each with a message. The message from the first production, “Clare Voyant” is: Don’t judge others; you don’t know the whole story.
From the classic “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” the message is: Hope is needed in the human heart. The message presented in “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of survival by faith in the toughest of times.
The first weekend in December, 246 The Main presents “The Message From Jacob Marley.” The adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” brings a message of living God’s gift of life with gratitude.
The 2016 shows include “Essie, Sing!” The biblical story of Esther, set on a plantation in 1850, will be portrayed by a predominantly black cast with a message that stepping out in faith brings blessing. In the summer of 2016, “Annie, Jr.” brings a message that love conquers all, even when life hits hard.
In addition to theater productions, 246 The Main serves as a community hub, with art classes, traveling theater productions, Lions Club meetings, Summer Drama Camp, Chamber of Commerce dinners and an Opera on the James performance, planned for Fall 2016.
246 The Main is a family-friendly theater promising never to promote anything that is crude, rude or distasteful. So bring the kids and grandma or bring a date or friend. The Main wants to be light to the community: to entertain — but also to touch the audience, present a positive message and support important causes.
Tickets for “EVERGREEN” are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Performance times are 7 p.m. on Sept. 4, 5, 11 and 12 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 6. Tickets can be purchased at the 246 Box Office weekdays from 10-4 (10-2 on Wednesdays), Saturdays from 10-6 and from 1-2 on Sundays.
You may also purchase tickets at Lynchburgtickets.com or reserve tickets by calling the theater’s box office at (434) 376-2461.