Little Theatre of Stoughton History
In 1957, town residents Joseph J. Celi and Dorothy Woodward launched The Young People's Theatre after several years directing students within the town's school system. Originally intended as a vehicle for teens, the response from adults was so great that the charter group was comprised of 35 members of all ages and backgrounds.
With a lot of enthusiasm, and not much else, the group chose its first play, Time Out For Ginger. Starring a high school girl and a local minister, the group built its first set, borrowed makeup and props, and plunged right in. With an education in theater, Celi set high standards encouraging everyone to strive for both professionalism and pride. Woodward's quiet influence and spirited energy established our foundation for high morale, smart business sense, quality and teamwork.
After our first three seasons, the membership's composition shifted entirely to adults and a new name, Stoughton Little Theatre was chosen. Twenty years later, in 1980, our group was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization and our current name, The Little Theatre of Stoughton, Inc. was established.
In May, 1966, The Little Theatre of Stoughton christened the newly constructed Stoughton High School auditorium stage with the musical The Fantastics and performed there for the next 33 years. In 1999, we moved to the Stoughton Cinema Pub Theatre and performed there until they closed their doors in 2008. Since then we have been a theater on the run, performing anywhere and everywhere we can set up a stage! Our latest production of Footloose was the first performance outside of Stoughton, at Randolph's Stetson Hall.
In 1993, we returned to our roots by offering an outlet for area youth. This season's Beauty and the Beast Jr, will mark our 20th year of giving students a chance to learn about all aspects of the theater, both on stage and behind the scenes, and to perform and entertain for their families and friends.
Now 56 seasons strong, The Little Theatre of Stoughton truly has something for everyone. Our reputation for providing quality, live local entertainment grows each year as we continue to stretch our collective muscle and offer more students and adults and audiences opportunities to participate in the dramatic arts.
Our members contribute many long hours before the curtain ever rises to keep the tradition going. Our success has been both locally applauded and regionally recognized by EMACT.
Thank you for supporting our hard work!