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About Us

Formed in 1951, The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, Inc, is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing live theatre to the people of Tuscarawas County and beyond. The first play, Biography, was presented on October 9, 1951 at the former Union Opera House in New Philadelphia. After it was razed in May 1957, productions were presented at the New Philadelphia Elks, Dover High School, Tuscora Park, and even a tent! During this time the membership realized the need to have its own building.

 

After much worry, work, and planning, property was purchased, and plans were drawn for constructing a new facility. On September 9, 1961, the first shovel of earth was turned and construction began on the new theatre at 466 Carrie Ave. in New Philadelphia. Then on June 18, 1963, the new facility made its debut as The Little Theatre presented The Miracle Worker for eleven performances. This was the first time in the history of the organization that they were able to afford such a lengthy run. This milestone was reached only through the considerable amounts of money, building materials, and many hours of labor donated by members and friends of the theatre.

 

In 1990, a generous grant from the Reeves Foundation of Dover, Ohio funded the construction of an addition to the rear of the building, providing much-needed space for set construction and storage and wardrobe storage. Until this time, rehearsing performers tolerated the sawdust generated by on-stage set construction and the general congestion created by lack of storage space.The air-conditioned structure includes 191 comfortable theatre seats; dressing rooms; facilities for prop storage, set building, wardrobe, and make-up; professional lighting; and a lobby with box office, refreshment counter and restroom facilities.

 

Over the years, The Little Theatre has had the privilege of presenting hundreds of productions, chosen to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Productions range each season from musicals to dramas to comedies to children's productions. Everyone involved with The Little Theatre does so with no compensation, giving their time and talents to help present high-quality productions to the community.

 

The Little Theatre is proud to be a member of the Ohio Community Theatre Association. 




 

Little Theatre Administrative Team

Board of Trustees

President - Shannon Mitchell

2021-2024

 

Vice-President - Shavonne McMillan

2022-2025

 

Treasurer - Machelle Miller

Appointed

 

Secretary - Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman

Appointed

- Trustees - 

Doug Kopp

2021-2024

Jade Boffo

2022-2025

Shavonne McMillan

2022-2025

Matt Spies

2022-2025

April Bonvechio

2023-2026

Garret Davis

2023-2026

Josie McCutcheon

2023-2026

Dan Wiandt

2023-2026

Committee Chairpeople

Box Office

Jane Deitrick & Charity Waugh

 

Building & Grounds

Michael Antonelli

Concessions

Bart Herman & April Tate

 

Curtain Call Newsletter

Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman

Education & Outreach

Mary Maxwell

Grants & Development

Mary Maxwell

 

Hair & Makeup

Debi DeVore

 

Historian

Vacant

House

Don Irven & Halle Holmes

 

Lighting

Joe Compton

Marketing & Social Media

Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman

Membership & Patrons

Kettie Kneuss

OCTA Delegate

Machelle Miller

OCTA Regional Representative

Lisa Sommers

Bart Herman (Alternate)

 

Original Productions

Shawn Clay

Playreading

Elizabeth Thomakos

 

Props

Vacant

Publicity

Lee Elliott

 

Sound

Matt Spies

 

Set & Workshop

Kenn Holmes

 

Ushers

Sheila Samson-Witt

 

Wardrobe

Sarah Jane Spies

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