Actors, theatre lovers, musicians, writers and directors all seem to be attracted to Cape Cod. In fact, performing artists tend to breed here! Maybe it’s because of the over 25 community theatres on the Cape, or because our rich artistic culture draws in such creative personalities. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra is a polished and professional ensemble of 75 musicians. Many local theaters produce plays for children, and offer summer drama camps, internships, and theater classes for old and young. And performances at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, America’s oldest professional summer theatre, are headlined by some of the nation’s finest stage, television and film actors! The Cape Cod Theater Coalition is an organization that helps strengthen the already rich performing arts community on the Cape by by providing opportunities for information and resource sharing, promotion of live performance, education and outreach.
The Cape has a colorful variety of cultural events, from world-class musicians at the Payomet in Truro to the Harwich Junior Theatre inspiring students of all ages. A tremendous resource for finding just the right event, workshop or activity is the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the region’s arts agency for Barnstable County, committed to strengthening, celebrating and promoting the arts. Their new ArtsCapeCod.org website is a comprehensive online arts and entertainment calendar for upcoming exhibits, performances, and concerts on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod has been featured as a backdrop in several major motion pictures, including the 2016 Disney film "The Finest Hours," the soon-to-be-released "Year by the Sea," the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy "That's My Boy," the 2009 film "The Lightkeepers" starring Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfuss, and the 2001 teen romance "Summer Catch" starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jessica Biel. Check out this map of Cape Cod locations featured in the "The Finest Hours!"