Main Street Theater closes after six years


Over the past six years, Karlah and Arthur Louis have touched the lives of countless Loudouners through their non-profit Main Street Theater Productions. When Arthur Louis passed away from a long illness last month, Karlah made a difficult decision: it was time to shut down the business.

“It seems like there is a life, Arthur and I have decided to open and run a theater company,” Karlah Louis wrote to Main Street supporters on August 10. “Main Street was born and this was our third child. … We went through labor pains and for the first two years Arthur, I and our daughters worked together side by side to start this business… Very soon after Arthur was diagnosed with illness and Main Street has become something different for each of us. . I became the face and the force behind it all as Arthur stepped down to become my support and the “producer” paperwork guy.

Karlah and Arthur Louis fell in love while being neighbors in Arlington in the mid-90s and moved to Loudoun in 1999. When Karlah left her award-winning professional actress career ten years ago, she began to conduct shows for other local companies. . With encouragement from friends and fans, she and Arthur finally decided to start their own non-profit business, with the goal of bringing high quality, rigorously produced productions to Loudoun. Main Street presented its first show in 2013 and since then has always wowed audiences with its increasingly ambitious and sophisticated productions. Karlah Louis is known for her talent in bringing talented adults from across the region out of woodwork and inspiring professional-quality performances. Over the past few years, the company has taken several ambitious steps, producing Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” in 2018 and ending its final season with the tough classic “South Pacific”.

Main Street and the Louises have also touched the lives of hundreds of area children through annual summer performing arts camps and musicals at Harmony Middle School. With the support of Arthur, his daughters Rachel and Sarah, and his Main Street team, Karlah Louis fulfilled his pledge to dozens of young people enrolled in three Main Street performing arts camps this summer. Louis says she will serve as artistic director for one final HMS musical over the next school year, but the 2019-20 Main Street season has been canceled.

For Karlah Louis, the focus will be on the future with his daughters, now aged 21 and 16.

“My daughters and I need to move forward in new careers and new chapters in our lives. Without Arthur and the girls Main Street cannot and would not exist for me… It seems appropriate at the end of our seventh season that we stop here, ”Louis wrote. “Please wish my daughters and me good luck as we leave one life behind and boldly enter our news. We’ll always be here… we’ll always be home on Main Street.


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