Summer theatre in St. Veit im Pongau
Summer theatre on the open-air stage behind the cemetery walls
In summer, the theatre in St. Veit im Pongau has long been a tradition. The very active and busy theatre group of the municipality currently has about 70 active members, all of which are volunteers. Year after year, the Amateur theater association presents exciting pieces with a lot of tradition and local colour. The use for charitable purposes plays at least as important a role as the fun of the game.
Even before the founding of the theatre association, one goal was clearly set: financial support for marginalised social groups in the country and the poorest of the poor in other countries. Accordingly, the proceeds of the performances go to charitable purposes each year. These include Austrian flood relief, various international aid projects (including Doctors Without Borders, farmers helping farmers and various operations in Brazil, Peru, Ghana and Cairo) as well as targeted support for people in need in the vicinity.
The theatre tradition in St. Veit im Pongau is far from new and can even be traced back to 1927, when up to three plays a year were performed on the open-air stage. The St. Veiter open-air stage achieved national notoriety. In 1965 and 1967, two pieces were even broadcast on ORF, before the temporary dissolution.
Already in 1976 the theater returned to St. Veit im Pongau. Performances in the Metzgerwirtsaal and the neighbouring communities enjoyed great popularity. In addition to various funny pieces, the farmer’s everyman in particular was remembered.
Of course, the weather plays an important role in summer theatre, because they are open-air performances. Throughout the week, the weather report is studied, the day before the performance, neck rigidity sets in, because the view goes almost continuously to the sky. The game is almost always played – it would have to pour really well. A small cloudburst has not harmed anyone. In case of doubt, raincoats are handed out, and then even more gas.