SCT HISTORY

Salina Community Theatre is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of people in Salina and the surrounding region by creating a broad range of quality theatrical programs for their entertainment and education, and to provide people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in play production and other theatre activities.The vision of the Salina Community Theatre is to become the preeminent provider of live theatre and theatre education between Topeka and Denver. To embrace the role of “the regional theatre for western Kansas: by making quality theatre available to as many adults and children as possible.”

The Salina Community Theatre Association was organized in 1960 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Plays were produced in the auditorium of the Washington Building, a former high school, from 1960 through the spring of 1971, when the building was torn down. By 1968 the Theatre board realized that it must provide its own building, but that a building would be a liability. We believed that we could raise the funds to build it. And so it was done. The Theatre raised $213,000 for construction and equipment. The building was completed and opened in 1973. The Theatre program has grown and expanded through the years.

CTA HISTORY

Salina Community Theatre has supported children’s programming since its beginning, bringing in a variety of traveling productions for young people. Salina Theatre for Young People (STYP) was the first incarnation of a structured children’s program. Over the years, the program’s name was updated to Center for Theatre Arts, reflecting the expansion from theatre classes to vocal music and theatre dance classes for all ages. We offer classes for students from first grade to adults, and are the only performing arts academy between Topeka and Denver.
Center for Theatre Arts classes and shows set a precedent for students who are passionate about the arts, and provide opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to students in this area. The success of the program is evidenced by the number of CTA graduates that have gone on to theatre arts related careers. While not all students will become stars of the stage, each student can have an enriching experience by learning to sing, dance, and act in CTA classes.

MIchael SpicerDuring the 17 years that Michael Spicer has been Executive Director, SCT has been the National Winner of AACT-Fest 2001 with its production of Wit, the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for organizational excellence, and the Twink Lynch Award.

Michael earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Virginia. He has directed and acted for theaters across the United States, and has taught workshops in various aspects of theatre for the American Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatres, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Southwestern Theatre Conference, the Texas Non-Profit Theatre Association, and the Association of Kansas Theatres. Michael currently serves on the board of the American Association of Community Theatres.

J.R.Lidgett

J. R. was born in Charleston, South Carolina, promptly moved to Denver, Colorado, until he was 10, then spent the rest of his years growing up in Wichita. At Goddard High School he found a love for the theatre and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at Sterling College with a minor in Psychology. After Sterling, he went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Theatre at Kansas State University. While studying at KSU, he took a summer internship at the Salina Community Theatre. After graduating, he started working full time at SCT and has been here ever since. J. R. has been involved with many of the technical upgrades at the theatre, both in the Kephart stage and the addition. He has received several awards from the American Association of Community Theatre for AACT Festivals, including Outstanding Achievement in Scenery & Lighting for the National Award Winning Wit in 2001. He also is known for making coffee at SCT. J. R. has a wife, Katie, and two daughters, Melissa and Dillen. You will most likely find him toiling away in the shop, playing in the booth, or feverishly searching the web for new lights he wants to buy.

Shannon GarretsonShannon is from Salina Kansas earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Kansas Wesleyan University and has a masters degree in theatre with an emphasis in drama therapy from Kansas Sate University. During her time there she won the National Student Service award for drama therapy from the National Drama Therapy Association. Shannon is a registered drama therapist who specializes in working with adolescents at risk and people with disabilities. Shannon worked as a drama therapist and activities coordinator in Johnson County, Lawrence and Eudora before returning home to Salina to work as the education director (a job that she job shadowed in high school watching Ms. Deb Wall work her magic). She couldn’t be happier than to work with kids every day sharing the amazing intricacies of theatre.

Jill is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in Theatre and Minor in Music. She has many years of Theatre and Music performance experience under her belt, and in addition to her duties in the box office and with volunteers, you’ll often see her performing on the SCT stage.

Daysha SuttonDaysha is from Byers, Kansas in rural Pratt County, and a graduate of Washburn University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She manages all of SCT’s financial records and assists in the box office. Daysha also takes care of enrollment in CTA classes, and oversees mailings.

Jenn grew up in Emporia and attended Emporia State University, where she studied Theatre, Business, and Marketing. Jenn and her husband, Josh, have three children. Josh works as the Curator of Exhibits at the Smoky Hill Museum, and often helps with stage production at SCT. Jenn began costuming shows in 2009 with Summer Stage and has since costumed Legally Blonde: The Musical, Shrek: The Musical, and the CTA production of Anne of Green Gables. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, sewing, and watching her kids’ activities. “I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of such a talented, generous, and accepting group of people here at Salina Community Theatre and look forward to many fun years ahead!”

DGallagher

Dorothy has been a volunteer at SCT since 1971, working in all aspects of theatre production. She is a retired medical practice Administrator, graduating from Benedictine college with a double major in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration.  In recent years she has spent her time at SCT organizing the props room and working backstage as props crew chief on several productions. Dorothy recently joined the SCT staff as volunteer Production Manager. In that capacity she organizes production staff and facilitates communication between Theatre staff and the public.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shelly Flores  President

Bob Jones  Vice-President

Loren Young  Treasurer

Kathleen Putzier  Secretary

MEMBERS

Bart Bycroft

Sharron Hamilton

Jared Hiatt

Heidi Hendrick

Mary Hughes

Phil Krug

Mary Landes

Frieda Mai-Weis 

Karen Meier

Betty Norman

Mike Payne

Steve Phillips

Amy Scanlan Cole

Marsha Stewart

Terry Zimmer

GUILD OFFICERS

Bette Timmel President

Marceil McDaniel Vice-President

Kathy McCord Secretary

Kathleen Pratt Treasurer

SCT Guild

The SCT Guild is organized for the purpose of assisting the Board of Directors of Salina Community Theatre in the promotion and operation of the Theatre. The Guild accomplishes this mission in many ways. Guild members process advance reservations for season ticket members, and also serve as ushers and house managers for performances. The Guild awards a $1000 college scholarship to one or more graduating seniors from Saline County who plan to study theatre or musical theatre in college. The Guild also helps SCT through annual contributions to the SCT Endowment and the Youth Theatre Endowment, and to the general operations of Youth Theatre. The Guild helps SCT purchase theatrical equipment, such as new lighting and box office computerization. They are responsible for decorating the theatre for the holidays, too!

Become a Guild Member

To be a member of the SCT Guild, one must be an SCT member (have a season ticket) and pay annual dues of $10. Each Guild member is required to serve on a Guild committee. For more information about becoming a member, click here to go to the CONTACT page and send us your name, address, and phone number, and indicate your interest in the Guild.

Guild Annual Fundraiser

flowersThe annual Guild Geranium & Plant Sale is the Guild’s main fundraising event. Patrons can order special geranium varieties in advance. All kinds of bedding plants, vegetables and French gardens can be purchased at the sale, as well as potting soil, hanging baskets & planters. The next sale will take place in April — see information here.