Performing Arts

WaterAnnieHelenWEBcropThe 500 seat Elm Street Theater is available to host local music, theatre and dance performances produced by Elm Street and other arts groups. Under the leadership of the multi-talented G. Lora Grooms, the Towne Lake Arts Center has undergone a name change to become the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village now that it has fully moved its programming to downtown Woodstock and expanded its facilities to accommodate other local performance groups and special events. Live performances are now held at City Center – 8534 Main Street – the old Woodstock Community Church (corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street).  Soon to come – classic movies!

Evening Theater Performances

These will be tailored to the growing number of Woodstock’s adult residents who are enjoying the city’s new “Restaurant Row” and burgeoning night life.  Of course summer camps, classes, and community programs like the iThink Improv Troupe continue to provide entertainment and educational programming to all ages.

For the current performance calendar at City Center/Elm Street just click on the Performing Arts tab at the top of this page.   Feel free to contact Ms Grooms at

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Fun fact:

Did you know that Elm Street Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms discovered child star Dakota Fanning in a theater production in metro Atlanta?

Even as a child of four, Dakota knew she was supposed to be acting in movies. She kept initiating strange requests to her utterly normal, middle class parents to “get her an agent.” Having worked with hundreds and hundreds of child actors, Ms. Grooms states that it was obvious to her after three days in one of her Summer Drama camps that Dakota, now five,  was a world class talent of an astronomical altitude. Ms. Grooms told Dakota’s bewildered parents that there was, of course, no immediate hurry, but…when they decided to get their daughter an agent, they had better be prepared for their lives to change. Forever.

And that indeed is how it happened. Now they all live in Hollywood, and Ms. Grooms says “it couldn’t have happened to a nicer family.”GLoraGroomsheadshot2012web