THIRTY YEARS IN THE MAKING
A little underground theater group called the Trinity Players unknowingly began to spin the framework for a long-lived progressive theater in 1982. The Trinity Players, which performed in local malls, were an affiliate of the Trinity Arts Foundation, currently known as Arts Council Northeast.
In time, the Trinity Players joined forces with a Fort Worth group called A Little Bit of Broadway. The merged performance troupes worked with the Arts Council and the City of Bedford to establish a permanent performance venue in what is now the Trinity Arts Theater in Bedford Boys Ranch. The group raised $40,000 in donations to renovate the former Bedford Boys Ranch cafeteria, which was just a shell and which the City had available for lease. The venue was redesigned and currently includes a lobby, a box office, a raised proscenium stage, theater-style seating, a light/sound booth, two dressing rooms, a green room, prop and costume storage, construction materials storage, and more.
Upon moving into their new home in 1985, A Little Bit of Broadway was renamed ONSTAGE in Bedford. Our first production as ONSTAGE in Bedford was Alice in Wonderland. It was performed in the Trinity Arts Theater during reconstruction in 1985. The walls we tore down were our seating platforms. The show was a hit and ONSTAGE bloomed. As the resident drama company of the Trinity Arts Theater, ONSTAGE produced a theatrical season of five adult shows and two children's shows the following year.
ONSTAGE was incorporated in 2004 and received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS the same year.
Residents and surrounding communities still enjoy affordable, award-winning productions today. ONSTAGE in Bedford produces seven regular Season shows and up to two Spotlight productions each year. We have over 400 season pass subscribers and provide opportunities for many who would not otherwise be exposed to or have the ability to experience the wonderful world of live theater. ONSTAGE provides Bedford and the surrounding North Texas communities with a cultural outlet that raises the profile of the City, attracting many patrons to come to Bedford from surrounding communities and often other states.
We are active in the local arts community, working closely with the Cultural Commission and the City of Bedford, and maintaining a good working relationship with others, particularly the Trinity Arts Guild and the Friends of the Bedford Library. Over the years, ONSTAGE in Bedford has hosted productions for local children's theater groups, performed at Bedford's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies, provided a children's show for the annual 4thFest, to name a few. Along with the Trinity Arts Guild, ONSTAGE in Bedford was a key player in planning and implementation of the 2012 Cultural Crawl, the forerunner of today's Bedford ArtsFest.
An active member of the vibrant performing arts community in the Metroplex, ONSTAGE in Bedford is a member of the Live Theater League of Tarrant County, Texas Non-Profit Theaters, and the American Association of Community Theaters. Many ONSTAGE in Bedford volunteers are active in The Column Awards, which honors excellence in local theater productions, raises funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is dedicated to developing a love of theater in our local youth.