History Of Troy Civic Theatre Productions
Plays at Hobart Technical Center

—1965-66—
You Can’t Take It With You
Ten Little Indians

—1966-67—
Born Yesterday
Picnic
Come Blow Your Horn

—1967-68—
Arms and the Man
Invitation to a March
The Odd Couple

—1968-69—
The King and I
Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Everybody Loves Opal

—1969-70—
The Night of January 16th
Master Builder
South Pacific

—1970-71—
Wait Until Dark
Barefoot in the Park
My Fair Lady

—1971-72—
Arsenic and Old Lace
Cactus Flower
A Funny Thing/Forum

—1972-73—
Harvey
How the Other Half Loves
Only an Orphan Girl
(First Play At Barn in the Park)

Chapter 1

The Beginning

One summer evening in 1965, two friends – Dr. Bruce Scranton and David Ross – came up with the idea for a local theatre. Some of the founders of the Troy Civic Theatre, (who had participated in the JC’s Mardi Gras) had discussed this before. However, it took Dave and Bruce to bring life to the idea of a local theatre. Frank and Jinny Brazler hosted the first meeting, at which 65 interested people attended. The second meeting took place at the Hobart Technical Center, the first home of the Troy Civic Theatre. Bruce Scranton became the first president of the board. The theatre’s first show was the Moss Hart, George Kauffmann classic comedy “You Can’t Take It With You.”

The Hobart Brothers Company and the Hobart Technical Center provided a home and a great start for Troy Civic Theatre. The company performed at the Hobart Technical Center from 1965 until 1973. 

Musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein, Learner and Lowe, Steven Sondheim and Julie Stein became the highlight of each season, throughout the first decade. The musicals that they performed were South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Picnic, and Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Songs such as “Dames” from South Pacific and “Comedy Tonight” from Forum kept the audience’s feet tapping and their body swaying.

Chapter 2

A Barn In A Park

In 1974, Troy Civic Theatre left the Hobart Tech Center for its present location in the Troy Community Park. The Barn in the Park was originally the home of the Waco Assembly Plant on Staunton Road until its relocation. Shows from the previous season were actually performed in an open-air, unfinished section of the barn. It seemed appropriate for Troy Civic Theatre to celebrate the official opening at their new home with a repeat performance of “You Can’t Take it With You”, directed by TCT founding member Bruce Scranton. The relocation created several changes. The previous stage was changed from a proscenium stage to a three quarter (or thrust) stage and there wasn’t a grand drape. The major change was adjusting from a house that seated 300 to one that would only seat 120-130.

The second decade of the theatre brought about three very memorable shows. They were The Rainmaker by Rita Swab which was outstanding, Fiddler on the Roof for which we borrowed and made the costumes, and finally Anastasia. This presentation was an amazing show about a mysterious woman shown during the 1980-1981 season.

Troy Civic Theatre’s second decade came to a close with Annie, the musical. There were many memorable costumes, especially a 1920’s beaded dress that was a fast change behind the curtain. Walt Stein played the part of the President, Ron Trostle shaved his head for the role of Daddy Worbux, and the orphans were on their best behavior.

Plays At The Barn In The Park

—1973-74—
Guys and Dolls
Two Dozen Red Roses
The Fantasticks

—1974-75—
You Can’t Take It With You
Here Lies Jeremy Troy
Never Too Late
The Boyfriend

—1975-76—
Send Me No Flowers
Fiorello
The Rainmaker

—1976-77—
The Mousetrap
Once Upon a Mattress
See How They Run

—1977-78—
Sweet Charity
Spoon River Anthology
A Thousand Clowns

—1978-79—
Fiddler on the Roof
6 Rms Riv. Vu.
Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

—1979-8O—
Godspell
Exit the Body
The Man Who Came to Dinner

—1980-81—
Pajama Game
Who’s on First
Anastasia

—1981-82—
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Second Time Around
On Borrowed Time

—1982-83—
Mary, Mary
Any Number Can Die
Cabaret

—1983-84—
The Sound of Music
Tribute
Blithe Spirit

—1984-85—
Passion of Dracula
Play It Again, Sam
Annie

—1985-86—
Take Her, She’s Mine
Crimes of the Heart
Working

—1986-87—
Gypsy
The Price
Fools

—1987-88—
Man of LaMancha
Subject to Change
Meanwhile Back on the Couch

—1988-89—
The Lion in Winter
The Curious Savage
Cinderella

—1989-90—
Our Town
Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
I Remember Mama

—1990-91—
The Bat
Sly Fox
Pippin
Midsummer Night’s Dream

—1991-92—
The Visit
Let’s Murder Marsha
Anything Goes
The Sky’s the Limit

—1992-93—
Run For Your Wife
Lend Me a Tenor
I Do! I Do!
Between Daylight and Boonville

—1993-94—
Sherlock Holmes
Rat of Sumatra
Done to Death
Angel Street

—1994-95—
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Damn Yankees
Arsenic and Old Lace

—1995-96—
Death by Chocolate
Nunsense!
The Boys Next Door

—1996-97—
My Three Angels
Steel Magnolias
The Butler Did It

—1997-98—
Lie Cheat & Genuflect
Move Over Mrs. Markham
Man Enough

—1998-99—
Bathroom Humor
Carnival
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight

—1999-2000—
A Guest in the House
Clue, the Musical
The Nerd

—2000-01—
Grease
The Cemetery Club
Spoon River Anthology

—2001-02—
Fright Night
Ordinary People
Wait Until Dark
You Can’t Take it With You

—2002-03—
Godspell
Everybody Loves Opal
The Vast Difference

—2003-04—
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean
Over the River and Thru the Woods
Little Shop of Horrors

—2004-05—
Sorry Wrong Chimney
Noises Off
Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged

Chapter 3

20 Years Down

Cinderella 1988

Gypsy became the highlight of the third decade and was memorable in many ways. This presentation required a multitude of set changes, and produced truly amazing music by Steven Sondheim and Julie Stern. Two wonderful shows presented in 1987 include Man of LaMancha directed by Maggie Olmon and Staged in the Round by Gary Olmon. Sly Fox, an all-around great show, was presented in 1990 and directed by Cathie Melvin. The costumes were so much fun and Richard Burke’s role as the Court Clerk was truly an inspiration. He won an OCTA Award for Excellence in Acting.

Troy Civic Theatre performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the summer of 1991. The show was an amazing success with a traditional set in the courtyard at Hayner and an array of colorful costumes. The 1991 and 1992 season were nothing short of spectacular. The shows included the Visit translated from the original German by Cap Ross and Larry Rich. Cap received an award for excellence in acting at the OCTA regional, for her part in the show.

Another outstanding production was the original musical,The Sky’s the Limit, about the Wright Brothers. This production was written by Tom Wissen, a professor at Wright State University. The Wright Flyer model was very impressive. In 1995, Troy Civic Theatre chose to celebrate the national past time of baseball by performing the Damn Yankees.

 

Meanwhile Back On The Couch 1987-1988
Between Daylight and Boonesville 1992
Chapter 4

Changes

The theatre began the fourth decade with a new marketing plan. They created parade floats, performed Melodrama’s during the Strawberry Festival, and Christmas programs for the community. Troy Civic Theatre began receiving support from corporate sponsors for individual productions and the program book began to fill with advertisers. Workshops were provided for actors, crew members, directors, producers and stage managers. The theatre also opened its doors for other groups to perform their shows. One show in particular, titled Joseph, performed in 2005 and supported Partners in Hope. In 2008 Love Letters supported the Miami County Abuse Center.

The new century brought about new and unique types of productions that included The Vast Difference, Fright Night, Clue, the Musical and The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. There were also some old favorites like Wait Until Dark, Steel Magnolias and Little Shop of Horrors. They brought back some oldies but goodies including Godspell, Spoon River Anthology, Everyone Loves Opal and You Can’t Take It with You for a third time. Lastly, the most unforgettable production was Grease. This created the challenge of bringing an actual car into the barn.

The costumes were relocated to a storage area called The Gerri Nichols Annex. Now it was time for the real work, taking inventory of all of the costumes.

Throughout the sixth decade Troy Civic Theatre has brought a variety of veteran actors as well as some new faces to the stage. The season came to an end with the final production hit of the Neil Simon comedy, The Odd Couple. This show included many stage favorites and some premier performances from Mike Beamish, Bob Beavis, and Chuck Fox, who reprised the role his father, Jerry Fox, played in the original performance in 1968.

A fourth production was added to the 2008-2009 holiday season with our Rep Theatre producing “Christmas Quilt” with short stories and holiday music. The four shows have continued each season. The audiences love the comedies with some drama. However, they had been missing the musicals. The theatre added The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee and received rave reviews in 2012. The next season they performed Annie, followed by Nuncrackers and Oliver.

The production of Angel Street, directed by Mike Rousculp in 2013, closed with nearly sold out performances. The production received numerous awards from OCTA and represented Ohio at the AACT Region 3 competition in Michigan. OCTA awards of merit were also received for acting, set design, props, lobby display.

The Troy Civic Theatre has been honored with numerous awards from the Dayton Theatre Organization (DayTonys). These included Awards of Merit and Excellence for costumes, ensemble performance, sound design, hair and makeup, set painting, sound design, direction, performance, and for the band performance during the production of Jonathan Larson’s musical, tic, tic…BOOM!.

The Fourth Decade

—2005-06—
Lost In Yonkers
Oklahoma!
Marriage is Murder

—2006-07—
100 Lunches
Amateurs
Once on This Island

—2007-08—
Last of Red Hot Lovers
The It Girl
Love, Sex & the IRS

—2008-09—
No Sex Please, We’re British
The Christmas Quilt
The Mousetrap
The Odd Couple

—2009-10—
Frankenstein
The Christmas Quilt
Leading Ladies
Proposals

—2010-11—
Sylvia
Christmas Menagerie
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
Charley’s Aunt

—2011-12—
25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee
Merry Little Christmas
Blithe Spirit
Ravenscroft

—2012-13—
Dearly Departed
Annie
Boeing, Boeing
The Late Edwina Black
-Isms

—2013-14—
Steel Magnolias
Nuncrackers
Angel Street
The Butler Did It

—2014-15—
Moon Over Buffalo
Oliver
Dixie Swim Club
Tick Tick Boom

50 Year Anniversary

—2015-16—
Arsenic and Old Lace
A Nice Family Gathering
The Hollow
You Can’t Take It With You

—2016-17—
Almost Maine
Seeing Stars in Dixie
Rumors
Things My Mother Taught Me

—2017-18—
Yankee Tavern
Pajama Game
Escanaba in Da Moonlight
Making God Laugh

—2018-19—
Next to Normal
Chapatti
The Sunshine Boys
Picnic

—2019-20—
Once Upon A Mattress
A Christmas Carol
Proof
The Hallelujah Girls

Chapter 5

The Barn In The Park

The fifth decade started with a new look for the theatre. They received support from the city of Troy and grant funds from loyal patrons of the theatre. Several improvements were made, including enclosing the porch, adding more comfortable seating with new risers, and new back sound panels for an enhanced atmosphere. The city built public restrooms for the audience to have access to throughout the performances. A few years passed, a raised stage area was built for better viewing of the productions. The light and sound system were updated and some backstage areas were renovated.

Troy Civic Theatre celebrated their 50th Anniversary Season in 2015-2016. The audience chose to see Arsenic & Old Lace and the fourth reprise of our first production, You Can’t Take It With You, both of which won several awards.  The current board invited members of the inaugural production to attend opening night.  Several cast members in the 50th anniversary production became teary-eyed while talkng to their counterparts from 50 years ago.   Chuck Fox was honored to be able to reprise a second role his dad Jerry had played – the role of Mr DiPinna – and Jerry was one of the original cast members in attendance that night!