Oaklandon Civic Theatre
The Oaklandon UU Church is home to the Oaklandon Civic Theatre. The theatre, which produces two plays annually, is a social and cultural outreach program of the church. Building upon its century-long legacy of supporting the performing arts in the local community, the Oaklandon UU Church responded favorably when the idea of establishing a civic theater was suggested in 2002. That year, a local actress, Donna Wing, happened to "discover" the church's stage, which was being used as a storage area at that time. She had been looking for a venue in which to open her own company, and initially explored renting the space. After approaching the Oaklandon UU board, the decision was made that she could open a company as a subsidiary of the church. Thus Oaklandon Civic Theatre was born.
The Oaklandon Civic Theatre offers a haven for artists to create via a variety of expression. It offers works of local playwrights as well as classical and contemporary plays written by nationally known authors. Productions are designed to address the emotional and intellectual needs of our community by ranging from being simply entertaining to being thought-provoking, controversial, and enlightening.
There is opportunity for anyone to participate in the various aspects of the theatre. Besides acting, individuals can help with production details such as ticket sales and reservations, greeting guests, publicity, stage management, costumes, props, set-design and development, and much more. For more information visit oaklandoncivictheatre.org. Also, check the church calendar for specific dates and show times.
Then.................... and now
Ten years ago, Oaklandon Civic Theatre (OCT) opened its doors with the play, Making a Killing. The cast included Suzi David (left), Steve Viehweg (seated), Jim Trofatter and Donna Wing. For its 10-year anniversary, OCT is reviving the play with three of the original cast members. Jill Murrell, who was the stage manager in 2004, will be playing the part vacated by Ms. David.
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