The Southington Community Theatre is the result
of two successful productions produced by the Drama Group of the Southington
Woman's Club. In 1956, Goodbye My Fancy was staged at Hatton
Elementary School, and Jane, was staged in 1957.
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.
Did you know?
►SCT had the honor of being the first
non-professional group to produce My Fair
►That according to a
previous readers poll, SCT
was voted the 3rd best place to
see community theatre in Hartford County as
stated by the Hartford Advocate?