The Farr Best Theater last month launched its 2021-22 season, which features an eclectic mix of shows that will entertain audiences through the month of February.
“We’re changing the way we program shows at the Farr Best this season,” Rosalie Gilbert, the Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Mansfield says. “Instead of one to two shows each month, we’ll have four themed months of programming with four to five shows each month.”
The fun began with four Halloween-themed shows and events in October, and the momentum will continue this month. November’s theme is Freedom, with shows celebrating every aspect of liberty.
January 2022 kicks the new year off with The Classics, including the critically acclaimed, internationally touring Pandolfi-Deutsch Duo.
To conclude the presentations the theater will highlight February as Black History Month with shows celebrating African-American heritage, led by a weekend of performances of the Pulitzer prize-winning play “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage.
“We’re excited to have more shows than ever scheduled for our 2021-22 season,” says Gilbert. “We have something for everyone: music, movies, live theater, storytelling, and magic for audiences of all ages.”
Tickets for all shows are available online at FarrBestTheater.com. Every ticket purchased already includes all fees, as well as a premium concession item.
This season is sponsored by Mouser Electronics, McKnight Insurance, Texas Health Hospital Mansfield, Allies in Youth Development and Visit Mansfield.
About the Theater
The Farr Best Theater, an intimate, 158-seat venue in downtown Mansfield, is a gem of Mansfield history.
It was opened on Oct. 10, 1917 by Milton May Farr, who became one of the city’s more prominent citizens and who oversaw the installation of the first electric lights in the city and a modernized water system. He named the theater the Best Farr Theatre, and then in 1950 it became known as the Farr Best Theater. For 58 continuous years, it was operated by Milton and Annie Farr and their nine children.
The Farr Best Theater has seen several owners and uses since then. It was purchased in 2017 by the City of Mansfield to preserve the building and return it to its intended use as a theater. It is undergoing a revitalization to retain and enhance its original historic charm. It operates as a community arts venue, hosting concerts, movies, theatrical productions, lectures, dance, magic, and a variety of community events.
The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic places on Sept. 12, 1996.