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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



Vice-President - Shavonne McMillan



Treasurer - Machelle Miller



Secretary - Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman


- Trustees - 

Doug Kopp


Jade Boffo


Shavonne McMillan


Matt Spies


April Bonvechio


Garret Davis


Josie McCutcheon


Dan Wiandt


Committee Chairpeople

Box Office

Jane Deitrick & Charity Waugh


Building & Grounds

Michael Antonelli


Bart Herman & April Tate


Curtain Call Newsletter

Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman

Education & Outreach

Mary Maxwell

Grants & Development

Mary Maxwell


Hair & Makeup

Debi DeVore





Don Irven & Halle Holmes



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


Elizabeth Thomakos





Lee Elliott



Matt Spies


Set & Workshop

Kenn Holmes



Sheila Samson-Witt



Sarah Jane Spies

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