The mission of the Longmont Theater Company is to provide high quality entertainment with a strong educational component for and by the citizens of the Greater Boulder County area and to successfully manage a self-sufficient performing arts center.
Charter, Bylaws, and other administrative information
Please see our Big Tent site for all of our administrative information. On Big Tent, you’ll find:
- Articles of Incorporation and Ammendment
- Board of Directors meeting minutes
- Minutes from other committee meetings
- Working calendar
History of Longmont Theatre Company
LTC was born in a hospital. No, really. In 1957, the auxiliary for the just-built Longmont United Hospital wanted a new way to raise money to furnish the rooms. Naturally, they turned to the time-honored method of “Let’s put on a show!”
Some of the members had put on plays before and thought it sounded like fun. It was – but it was also more work than the auxiliary wanted to keep doing, especially since the theater space was “anywhere we can find room this time.” So the hospital moved on to fundraisers that were less work and more profitable.
But the players didn’t want to stop playing. (Some of them, to be honest, still haven’t!) Their company had no name, no stage and no formal organization, but it had people willing to put up a set, put on a show and then tear it all down again – sometimes in rapid succession. And so the shows went on, and by the 1960s, they were going on under the name of the Potpourri Players.
The Players organized, became a nonprofit, and eventually gained a home at the former Longmont High School, which had been closed and become derelict. The deal was simple: the Potpourri Players would lease the theater for $1 a year and provide “adult education in theatre” and the school district would clean the building and get rid of the rats and mice.
That lasted until the late 1980s. By then, Longmont’s rapid growth led the school district to re-open the old building as Main Street School. The theatre and the school co-existed for a while, but with the district’s needs growing, it was clear the Players needed to look elsewhere. What they found was one of downtown Longmont’s showcase spots: the former Trojan Theatre at 513 Main St., owned by the Richard Klein family. The family not only encouraged the move, it made it possible by lowering the price to reachable levels.
The company took on a $750,000 fundraising campaign and a new name, the Longmont Theatre Company, to better reflect who we are and what we do. The renovated Trojan – now the Longmont Performing Arts Center — put on its first production in 1991, the often-requested musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Today, the LTC has not only survived, but thrived. At a time when community theatres rarely last beyond seven years, we have put more than 60 exciting years behind us with (we hope) many more to come. We have developed a fine reputation for our productions throughout the Front Range, drawing actors and technicians from a wide area. Our performers are active in other companies, thereby broadening their own range and injecting new perspectives and enthusiasm when they return, enriching our own Company. And our Board of Directors works hard to continue the growth of Longmont Theatre Company’s fiscal good health and guide the Company toward another century or more of challenges and accomplishments.
Longmont Performing Arts Center History
The Longmont Performing Arts Center, at 513 Main Street, is a delightful Art Deco movie theatre that the Longmont Theatre Company has renovated into a live play house, featuring a 1100+ square foot stage, dressing rooms, limited back stage space, professional theatrical lighting and sound; and a beautiful lobby, ticketing area and concession stand. It is the result of the dream of a group of wonderful actors, actresses and technical crew who wanted their very own theatre. Thanks to the generous support of Longmont and the Richard Klein family, that dream came true in 1991.
Today, we produce seven or more shows a year at the Longmont Performing Arts Center, including
- Five or more main season shows including musicals, comedies and dramas
- Special shows at Halloween and Christmas
- A summer show, produced by the summer Children’s Drama Camp
- A fully staged Shakespeare show, provided FREE by our Taste of Shakespeare troupe.
- Concerts and special appearances by our singing group, Standing Room Only
The LPAC is also available to all the arts in the community for a modest rental fee on a space available basis (please see our rental information page.)
But we have a dream, and are not finished with the LPAC! We would like to expand our backstage, storage and dressing room space, improve our lighting and sound capabilities and add a small “black box” theatre. These improvements would enable us to add a full time theatre school for young actors and techies and present their productions regularly; as well as giving us an intimate stage for additional productions by LTC and others in the community. We would also love to install a fly space above the stage, that would enormously increase our technical capabilities and expand the plays that we could produce.
The Long Range Planning Committee of LTC is working on these dreams and plans. We would very much appreciate your assistance with any part of our ventures. Just pick up the phone, call 303-772-5200 and tell our Executive Director how and where you want to become a part of Longmont Theatre Company. We can use expertise in any area we can think of, and probably a few that we haven’t realized yet. No training necessary, you simply need a desire to further improve Longmont Theatre Company and the Performing Arts Center.