Small production theatres dot the Oregon coast and regularly entertainment to local communities. They may be the traditional stage presentations, or modern dinner theatre mysteries, comedy shows, and musical productions.
Costs are minimal and profits are often funneled back into the theater organization. How else do they support the economy?
They capture some traded-sector dollars, in that not all attendees are residents. Grandma and Grandpa would not dare miss their grandchild’s performance and may travel from other communities or states here to the coast. While here, they will, most likely, stay overnight, grab a meal or two, may procure flowers for their budding actor, and purchase a gift or two. They might even capture pictures or video on their digital phone, or purchase a DVD of the performance, or heck, see the performance a second time. Before heading home, they might get a bit of gas and a few groceries
Get a cast of 43 young actors from the south coast (Reedsport to Brookings), and the impacts for one performance may have benefitted our region as a whole for nearly a year. 
The actors might also contribute to the economy through personal expenditures, as in the case of this month’s ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ playing at the Sprague theater in Bandon. Some of the actor took voice and dance lessons to help master their performances. And there may have been other expenditures with sets, costumes, marketing, programs, tickets, and marketing. And who knows, some may go on to successful entertainment careers! 
These theaters may be small, but their long-term economic contributions contribute to our region and help us stay healthy and entertained! Looking at more of a national view, even these small theaters contribute billions to our economy. Support your local theatre!
 Western World, Coffee Break ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ coming to Sprague Theater Oct. 14, 2019.
 Theater Communications Group, “Good theater is good for the economy to the tune of 1.9 billion” (www.denverpost.com/2011/11/17/good-theater-is-good-for-the-economy-to-tune-of-1-9-billion/)
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This BLOG is all about using creative talents to create and support the economy in Oregon. First Blog out of the shute is how film in Oregon helps bring in money and jobs into the state. Business Recruitment, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) comes in many forms and flavors. The entertainment sector is alive and well on the South Coast!