GULF SHORES — Last month, members of the South Baldwin Community Theatre gathered behind the brick building on West Second Street and burned their mortgage.It was a fitting way to kick off the …
GULF SHORES — Last month, members of the South Baldwin Community Theatre gathered behind the brick building on West Second Street and burned their mortgage.
It was a fitting way to kick off the organization's 50th year as organizers continue to grow the tiny theater on new ideas and a solid foundation.
"It was really a big accomplishment," said current board president Pam Livingston. "We had been working towards that for some time."
The theater was founded in 1972 by the late Father Anthony Zoghby, Nancy Holk Totman and the late Herb Anderson. Since then, the group has built the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, added onto the building and developed a beloved Young Actors Series of productions that has trained many of the most well-known local actors in Baldwin County.
"I think the youth come to the theater and find a place where they feel comfortable and accepted and welcome," Livingston said.
She added that the South Baldwin Community Theatre is set apart from other programs because the focus is on community.
"We're closer knit and smaller, so everyone really does get to know everyone," she said.
The children's programs also help the theater grow new generations of directors, actors and stagehands.
"My daughter was in her first production at age 8. She and the friends she made were in our shows until they went to college," she said.
Next weekend, all those generations of volunteers will come together to celebrate the theater's 50 years of success during a grand gala called That 70s Gala. Tickets are on sale now at www.sbct.biz
The celebration is just one of a host of events this season at South Baldwin Community Theatre, which opened with a hilarious production of "Nunsensations!"
"Murder on the Orient Express" opens Oct. 20, and "A Christmas Carol" will usher in the holiday season beginning Dec. 2.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sbct.biz.