Frequently Asked Questions







What are all you Americans doing in Heidelberg? Roadside Theater is an amateur community theater provided by the US Forces stationed overseas. We provide a full schedule of theater-related programs for servicemen and their families, civilians, and their invited guests in and around the Heidelberg area. Our volunteer actors, directors and technicians are made up of US Forces active duty personnel stationed here (Army, Air Force, etc), US Civilians (teachers, civil servants, etc) and their friends and families, as well as many friends from in and around the city of Heidelberg.Meet Mr. Dane Winters, our Artistic Director. top

What goes on at Roadside? Our program is similar to any community theater you'd find in the USA or elsewhere. We offer a full season of comedies, dramas and musicals, as well as Shakespeare in the Park, children's theater workshops, concerts and special events (Black History Month celebrations, etc). Our calendar includes Fine Arts festivals, the AACT Region 10 One-Act Festival, and acting, directing, and technical workshops. Our productions consistently win awards at regional competitions and festivals; we have competed at the US National level in AACT One-Act festivals; and we have sent productions to international festivals (e.g. Edinborough, Scotland; Dundalk, Ireland). We presented the World Community Theater Premiere of "Wit" and "In The Beginning;" the European Premieres of "The Will Rogers Follies," "Putting It Together," and "Goodbye Girl;" and the European Continental Premiere of two Tennessee Williams plays. In May/June of 2001 we presented the American community theater world premiere of Les Miserables! See more of the awards we've won in various festivals on our "Trophy Case" page. top

Where are you? Heidelberg is just about an hour's drive south of Frankfurt. For complete directions right to our door, follow our maps We're on US Army Patton Barracks, just a few minutes' walk from the Heidelberg train station, and only five minutes' drive from the autobahn. The front gate is on Kircheimer Weg, and the rear gate (not always open) is on Speyer Strasse. Take the "Heidelberg-Schwetzingen" exit from Autobahn 5 and follow signs to "US Facilities-Heidelberg" ( not towards Schwetzingen). After a few lights, and just before you go under a train overpass, turn right. Patton Barracks is on your right. top

How do I make reservations?PLEASE make your reservations early -- we hate turning people away at the door! We usually start selling tickets at least two weeks before the show opens. Season ticket holders can make reservations starting three weeks before opening. Simply fill out a reservation request on our Reservations page; or call our box office. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain time to collect your tickets, or they may be sold to those on the Waiting List. We prefer that you pay for your tickets at least two days in advance: this saves you the time of having to wait in the busy lines the night of the show and guarantees your seat. Our box office hours are Tuesday thru Friday, 12:00 - 17:00 (noon - 5p.m.) Here are the rest of our ticket policies. By the way, ask us about our group discounts for your school, club, office, or organization. Top

Do I need reservations? We recommend reservations for all of our shows, as we sadly have to turn some people away when they walk in with no ticket and the house is already sold out -- especially for the last weekend of a show's run. On the other hand, you can take a chance any night and hope for available tickets from "no shows" and still buy your ticket at the last minute: on very busy nights, we start a waiting list at 20 minutes before curtain and will also sell all those tickets that have been reserved but not picked up.top

Do I need to dress up to come to Roadside? We are quite informal at Roadside, and it doesn't matter what you wear, whether coat and tie or jeans and sweater -- everyone's welcome.top

Why do you do all this? One of our actresses said, "Theater teaches you how to be comfortable in front of people, and helps you develop that public personae that's so important in any career," she said. "You learn how to think under pressure and earn people's trust." One director feels what draws people to community theater is the chance to learn, the joy of learning to do something difficult, and doing it well. "To have people recognize that you've done something well and that they've enjoyed watching it is very satisfying," he said. "Yet if it's not fun, it's not worth doing. Perhaps that should be at the top of the list - to have fun while you're doing it."top

For more information, contact us:

Phone: 373-5020 (military),
06221-175020 (civilian)

FAX: 373-7648 (military),
06221-177648 (civilian)

From the USA: 011-49-6221-175020,
fax 011-49-6221-177648

Our email is info@roadsidetheater.com

Or use our website Feedbak Form

snail mail:

US Mail:
Roadside Theater
411 BSB - Heidelberg
Unit 29245
APO AE 09102

International Mail:
Roadside Theater
US Army Patton Barracks,
Geb 109
Kircheimer Weg 4
69124 Heidelberg