A Brief History of Huron Valley Community Theater

The Huron Valley Community Theatre is a non-profit amateur theatre company associated with the Huron Valley School District. Our purpose is to present quality, live theatre to the Huron Valley Community, and to provide a welcoming place for all those who would like to be a part of the excitement of community theatre.

HVCT was formed in 1976 as a part of Huron Valley Schools Continuing Education department. The first production (as best the present members can recall!) was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which took place in the newly opened Lakeland High School Theatre. Lakeland High School drama teachers, the Johnstons, were the early movers and shakers of the group.

Since then, hundreds of community members have taken part in dozens of productions, including Pippin, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Camelot, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, 1776, Chess, and Annie Get Your Gun. Later seasons also brought several children's shows, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Charlotte's Web, Tom Sawyer, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

After a summer 1996 production of Pirates of Penzance had to be cancelled, HVCT did not produce another show for ten years. In 2006, Linda Foran (formerly Linda Armstrong) and a small group of others renewed the group with a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the Center for the Performing Arts at Milford High School. This was followed in 2007 with a production of Charlotte's Web; Tom Sawyer in 2008; and Bee-Switched, an original show by Linda Foran and Nancy Branstetter, in 2009.

Summer 2012 saw the reintroduction of a regular HVCT season, beginning with a production of Rogers' & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, and followed by Steel Magnolia's, a cabaret fundraiser at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Sleeping Beauty, a summer Children's Theatre camp, and another summer production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.

Our 2013-2014 season emphasized family productions, including The Beast Christmas Pageant Ever (directed by Becky Hogaboom), Disney's The Jungle Book Kids (directed by Doug Marquis), and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (directed by Linda Foran).

We hope to be able to keep the energy going! If you are a former member who would like to become involved again or can fill in some details of the history for us, we would like to hear from you! Likewise, if you've never been involved in live theatre but would like to learn the ropes (maybe even literally!), please join us!