Realizing that to continue with such elaborate productions, a broader spectrum of people was needed, the idea of a community theatre was born.
Spearheaded by Mrs. Betty Price, who was the President of the Southington Woman's Club, Mrs. Eleanor Rowley, Chairman of the Drama Group, and Mrs. Yvonne Clarke, Resident Director, and many other members of the Woman's Club, the theatre group was organized with funds donated by the club. The first 50 members were designated "charter members" and the first meeting was held in August 1957 around the pool at the home of William Ashwell, Prospect Street.
Yvonne was SCT's Resident Director for the first 10 years. She not only directed but also taught the members all there was to know about lighting and set construction.
SCT incorporated on October 18, 1957, and its first production staged was The Tender Trap on November 21-23, 1957 at Hatton School Auditorium.
SCT is in its 59th year, and continues to provide quality, live theatre to the community as well as an opportunity for members of the Southington community and surrounding areas to participate in the production of live theatre.
Here is where you come in!
It's expensive to keep a non-profit, community theatre organization up-and-running. Our board members, actors and production team members all volunteer their valuable time to be a part of our organization - and we are so very thankful for that! However, significant expenses arise each time we set out to produce a piece of theatre, as well as the day-to-day costs of maintaining our rehearsal space which is in desperate need for upgrades.
This winter has been a particularly harsh one, and our aging (but beloved!) rehearsal space in Marion has suffered significantly as a result. We have had ongoing problems with our boiler, and have needed to replace it for some time, but just did not have the funds to support such a significant expense. The frequent below-zero temperatures and biting wind chill over the course of the past month have left us with frozen pipes throughout our space, a boiler that no longer functions, and absolutely no heat in the building.
The situation is dire, and that's where you come in! We are aiming to raise $5000 to replace our boiler system and make multiple significant plumbing repairs throughout the space which have been damaged or compromised due to the frigid temperatures.
Your donation will go directly to Southington Community Theatre, and will be put directly toward this massive project!
Please consider making a donation in any amount, and asking your friends and family to do the same. We are a small but mighty troupe of theatre-loving members of the Southington community, and our productions attract performers and audiences from around the state. Please help us keep our rehearsal space alive!
Thank you for helping us reach our goal! No amount is too small - every penny counts! Donate today and let your friends and family know that you helped #SCTTurnOnTheHeat !
- Margie Salonia
- Missy DiNunno
- Paula Lopatosky
- Ed Flugrad
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