Entertainment Spotlight: Step Inside Martin County’s Performing Arts Scene

August 8, 2023 | Read Time: 5 minutes

Entertainment Spotlight: Step Inside Martin County’s Performing Arts Scene

For centuries, the performing arts have entertained and enriched audiences of all ages, opening minds to new possibilities. These captivating “Stories” come to life through timeless tales, immersing viewers into new worlds of wonder and discovery. Located in the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast, Martin County’s cherished history and vibrant culture stands as a testament to the power of performance. Celebrated for its talented locals, the county takes immense pride in its performing arts community. From big mainstages to intimate studio spaces, there are endless performing arts venues nearby that will pique everyone’s interests. Let’s take a closer look at the venues that immerse residents into the enchanting world of artistic expression.

The Historic Lyric Theatre Exterior at Night - Martin County Performing Arts

The Historic Lyric Theatre

Located in the heart of Downtown Stuart, the Lyric Theatre is beloved by all generations and is a longstanding staple of arts and culture with almost 100 years of artistry. Originally built in 1925 as a silent movie house, the Lyric Theatre has evolved over time into a renowned playhouse. The historic theater produces many events each year, from local ballet and touring musicians to dramatic plays, musicals, comedy shows and more. The Lyric Theatre also plays an important role in the community through hosting an annual children’s summer camp and serving as the venue for charity events in Martin County, like Dancing with the Martin Stars.

Cherished Community Theaters

A community that loves the arts means there are many venues where local thespians can express themselves. The Barn Theatre in Stuart is Martin County’s oldest non-profit community theatre and has been producing shows since 1967. Each season’s production lineup showcases the best of local singing, dancing and acting from performers of all ages. Already having begun their 53rd season, audiences can look forward to timeless classics, Cinderella and West Side Story, and eccentric Tony award-winning shows, Kinky Boots and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. For those wanting to enjoy a thought-provoking performance, the A.C.T. Studio Theatre is an intimate studio theater that aims to broaden the perspective of their audiences with each production. Ranging from dramas to comedies, this black box theater captivates audiences through visual storytelling and stretches the boundary of the dramatic arts. The theatre showcases a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway shows, comedians, musical duos and tribute artists. For more immersive performances, their Summer of Variety series is sure to leave audiences entertained and inspired.

Martin County Performing Arts next generation - kids dancing

Inspiring the Next Generation of Performers

The Martin County performing arts community not only has a reputation for producing phenomenal productions, but also for educating and training the stars of tomorrow. The first and only children’s theater in the area, Starstruck Academy, has been coaching and mentoring students since 1997. Not only does this performing arts school offer acting, dance and music classes, but the theatre also hosts various productions for the public, with past productions including Mama Mia, The Little Mermaid, A Chorus Line and more. The Dance Academy of Stuart has been the premier choice for those seeking classical dance training. For over 25 years, the academy has trained students in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical contemporary and acrobatic dance styles. Showcasing talent through a variety of public performances each year, the academy has gained recognition due to its annual Nutcracker Ballet each holiday season. The Martin County School District has gained state and national recognition for its public schools performing arts departments. From award-winning choirs, bands and drama departments, being a Martin County student means receiving technical training from professionals, without having to leave the classroom.

Martin County Performing Arts

A Community Supporting the Arts

Dedicated to celebrating the local performing arts, many Martin County foundations were established to support the artistic community. The Arts Foundation for Martin County partners with the MartinArts Council, to amplify artistic expression in the area. These organizations not only donate to local non-profit performance venues, but also connect people with local art galleries and showcases. The MartinArts Foundation is a nonprofit organization that develops activities and programs that celebrates local talent. Having gained a sizeable following of art enthusiasts, the organization hosts a variety of exhibits and events, including the annual ArtsFest. Women Supporting the Arts is a Martin County philanthropic group of women who support the arts community with the intent to strengthen and encourage the county’s cultural environment. Together, these foundations form a network of support that nurtures and sustains the thriving performing arts culture in Martin County. Their unwavering dedication ensures that artistic expression remains an integral part of the community’s identity, enriching the lives of residents and visitors alike.

More Live Venues on Tap for Martin County’s Future

Performing arts lovers in Martin County just can’t get enough, and a future venue may soon join the roster of fan favorites. What’s the Storie? Although the full vision has yet to be unveiled, the visionary designers of Storie, Florida are placing a high priority on clean water and open spaces that all Martin County residents could enjoy. An open-air amphitheater, vibrant village center, new parks and fields, educational opportunities, and plentiful outdoor activities are just the beginning of ways this eco-minded neighborhood would bring together the community. To receive a copy of the Storie Time magazine with more details on the vision for this community, or to be among the first to see the vision video upon its release, register your interest at StorieFL.com.

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