Grinnell Community Theatre
For over 40 years, the Grinnell Community Theatre has staged live theatrical plays and musicals by the community, and for the community.
Started in 1972 as a joint project of the Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Art Association (a predecessor of today's Arts Council), the founding group included Jeanne Burkle, Ned Donahoe, Marion Jones, Esther Bethel, Betty Moffett, Dick Cervene, Mary Baumgartner, Tom Latimer, Dorothy Pinder, John Kintzinger, Bob Sheeder, Bill Vanderpool, and others.
Kings, Queens and Pawns, directed by Ned Donahoe, was the first production on November 16 - 17, 1972 in the basement of the Veterans Memorial Building in Central Park. Tom Latimer, then director of the Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department, wrote a successful $2,000 grant application to the Iowa Arts Council to underwrite production costs.
Performances have been presented in a variety of locales around Grinnell including the United Church of Christ Friendship Hall, the B.G. Voertman Theatre, Grinnell College's Arena Theatre, Grinnell Country Club, Grinnell Elks Club, Grinnell Steakhouse, and Grinnell High School Auditorium.
The Loft Theatre, on the upper level of the Grinnell Arts Center, became the Community Theatre's new home in September 2014 with its production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Michael Hunter.
CURRENT / UPCOMING SHOWS:
November 7 - 10, 2019: Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World. GRINNELL ARTS CENTER