Before each show at NextStop Theatre, audience members are invited to turn and greet the people around them. This small gesture represents what NextStop is all about: building community and connection. The only professional theater company in the Dulles Corridor, it employs more than 100 professional artists each year, presenting six mainstage productions with completely diverse styles and themes – from beloved literary classics to contemporary hip-hop musicals. Every holiday season, 30 budding actors work alongside the professional company to present a show for young audiences, with complimentary tickets benefiting local community groups. Add special events (improv, cabarets, readings) and year-round educational programs (including fun, affordable Summer Adventure Theater camps) and it’s easy to see why NextStop is rapidly growing into a theatrical institution in the Town of Herndon and beyond. Your patronage helps set the stage.
Like all performing organizations, NextStop had to cancel the balance of the 2019-20 season and all 2020-21 season packages – a major challenge to be sure. It held a revised, smaller-than-usual summer and fall education program, but it is waiting on a change in public health guidelines before it can safely resume. What does the future hold? For one thing, more diverse, inclusive shows!