It is often said "home is where the heart is" and that is certainly true for Actors' Theatre of Columbus.

It is often said "home is where the heart is" and that is certainly true for Actors' Theatre of Columbus.

We have called Schiller Park our home for 32 years and will be opening our 33rd season there May 23.

We hope everyone agrees that having live, classical, outdoor theatre just a few steps away from their front door is one of the things that makes the German Village area so special.

Plus, we hope everyone is proud of the fact our performances have remained free, thus assuring everyone is able to attend.

But, as all arts groups know, "admission-free" isn't "cost-free."

Actors' Theatre struggles each year to make ends meet with a combination of grants and donations.

We hope you will consider helping support Actors' Theatre so we can continue our tradition of theater under the stars.

You can do that by, first of all, attending our performances (and telling others about it).

There is nothing better, from the point of view of our actors (or the board) than to look out over a crowd of attentive neighbors.

And, don't forget, when the hat is passed, be generous.

Second, attend our fundraisers. Coming up is the Opening Night Tent Dinner, "An Evening In the Silver Bough," which is being held May 23, starting at 6 p.m.

You will be able to enjoy strolling musicians, have your picture taken with a knight, and meet the Actors' Theatre family.

At 7 p.m., it is dinner under the stars thanks to the generosity of the Explorers Club and Juergens Bakery.

Then at 8 p.m., enjoy the opening performance of King Arthur and the Sword of Britain by local playwright Phillip L. Hickman. We hope you agree it is a perfect way to spend the evening.

Speaking of local support, be sure to check out our new window at The Book Loft.

Thanks to the Loft's generosity, we are able to offer a peek at the costumes, props, and sets from our shows. Plus the Book Loft will be featuring books about the times, cultures, and personalities from our plays.

Working in an outdoor venue like the Schiller Park amphitheater gives us the unique opportunity to use the environment as part of our set and provide interactive experiences for our audiences.

Where else in Columbus can you attend a professional performance of classical theater, bring your dinner, and enjoy an evening in the park?

We are very mindful that, even as we expand our reach -- to the Columbus Commons and, now, for a limited engagement, at Easton -- our home and our hearts remain in Schiller Park. Please lend us your ears -- and your support.

For a schedule of upcoming season, ticket prices, and other information, visit our website at or call us at (614) 444-6888.

Jill D'Antignac, executive director of Actors' Theatre of Columbus, submitted the Village notebook column.