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.
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
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
more information, contact us:
FAX: 373-7648 (military),
From the USA: 011-49-6221-175020,
use our website Feedbak
411 BSB - Heidelberg
APO AE 09102
US Army Patton Barracks,
Kircheimer Weg 4