GCT celebrates 50 years of excellence"

By Kim Everett, The Garland Texan

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Garland Civic Theatre is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2017-18 season. Since 1967, GCT has provided quality shows, including musicals, mysteries, comedies and dramas, by joining gifted directors with talented actors and crew, along with great music and beautiful sets.  To celebrate the anniversary, the theatre has lowered ticket prices for this season only. Attend the 2017-18 offerings listed below for $17 and $18.

In December 1967 a “Goals For Garland” committee recognized the need for a small theater program. Vivian Yarborough, who served as chairman of Garland Parks and Recreation Department board, then called a meeting of those interested in forming a theater group. Pat Adams was also instrumental in getting the theatre started, attending that first meeting. Fundraising efforts began and the theatre was incorporated in April 1968. Acting workshops were held and by August, “The Drunkard” was performed on two weekends to great acclaim. By that November, the first season production took place in a church fellowship hall: “Barefoot in the Park” directed by Ed DeLatte.​​

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Due to financial hardship, Garland Civic Theatre is deeply saddened to no longer maintain Kyle McClaran as Artistic Director after 18 years of excellent service.  He is a director that is unparalleled in his dedication to the theatre and in his in incredible ability to produce shows of extraordinary beauty and quality.  Garland Civic Theatre is extremely grateful to Mr. McClaran and wishes him all the best in the future.

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Garland Civic Theatre remains steadfast in its commitment to provide spectacular theatre productions for Garland and the surrounding communities as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary Season.  Please join us for the hilarious holiday comedy, “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” on stage until December 23  at the Granville Arts Center in Downtown Garland. And, coming in January, we are proud to present the special United States premiere of the classic gothic ghost story “The Widow” by Merlin Ward. 

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For the past 50 years, Garland Civic Theatre has thrilled audiences with magnificent comedies, mysteries, dramas, musicals, workshops, and children’s theatre. Renowned for its contribution to the ARTS in Garland, Garland Civic Theatre stages seven shows each year that offer a wide variety of entertainment for all ages.
In order to continue this rich tradition of quality productions, Garland Civic Theatre really needs your support… since we find ourselves at a Major Financial Crossroad!

We encourage you to help this legacy continue!  Your support of Garland Civic Theatre will help to create theatre magic while preserving a beloved community institution!  Your tax-deductible gift will help create a new vision for Garland Civic Theatre productions for the 2018-2019 season!

Please also consider getting involved as a volunteer to assist with Board Governance, Production Assistance (set construction and costuming), or Administration (ushers, marketing and more)

You can donate now with MasterCard/Visa/PayPal by clicking on the red donate button below or call 940-435-8766 
to phone in your donation.  Please CLICK HERE for a printable donation form.

You may also mail your donation check to:
Garland Civic Theatre
2703 National Place
Garland, TX 75041 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!!

Cheryl Pellett
President of the Board of Directors




GCT needs your help and support!  Many people believe that GCT is funded and run by the City of Garland, which is incorrect. The theatre runs on grants, donations, and ticket sales. With the high cost of operations, costumes, set materials, and other expenses and the extreme decreases in funding for the arts, we need your donations in order to continue to bring you the high-quality theatre that you expect from us.  We want to be here in the Garland community for another 50 years! 

By Steve Franco
Directed by Joshua Hensley

Join Garland Civic Theatre for our 50th Anniversary Season!  Garland Civic Theatre was founded in 1968 and is the oldest community theatre in Dallas County.  To celebrate, we are producing a spectacular season of theatre filled with mystery, laughter, music, and love. Garland Civic Theatre is proud to present “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” as we continue our thrilling 50th Anniversary Season.  

It’s 6:00 pm and the Douglas family is busily preparing for their annual Christmas Eve dinner, which means being invaded by their quirky relatives. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a hide-out and invade the Douglas house where they find themselves in charge of an ever-growing list of family members that they are forced to hold hostage.

A comic holiday treasure that is sure to leave you in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  The holidays have never been so funny!

The talented cast features Michael Baker as Dad, Samantha Labrada as Beth, Callie Buck as Mrs. Draper, Meg Steffens as Bunny, Gerald Fitzgerald as Bud, Kiera Mullany as Tracy, Jacque Marshall as Aunt Rose, Evan Figg as Uncle Leo, HM Ayers as Tony, Gustavo Rodriguez as Vinny, Brendan Ramsey as Paul, Camila Fonseca as Emily, Lisa Hensley as Mrs. Wakowski, Becky Byrley as Janet, and Mark Inman as Officer Henley.  The production is directed and designed by Joshua Hensley, with costume design by Chelsea Prettyman.  It is stage managed by Meg Steffens.  

Performances are Thursday, Nov. 30, through  Saturday, Dec. 23, in the small theatre at the Granville Arts Center at 300 North Fifth Street in Garland. Performances include a Thursday night preview performance, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees, Dec. 10 & 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now! 
Order online at www.garlandartsboxoffice.com or call the Granville Arts Center box office at 972-205-2790. Ticket prices range from $12 – $17. Discounts are available for KERA members and groups of 10 or more. Garland Civic Theatre 2017 – 2018 50th Anniversary Season is sponsored by the Garland Cultural Arts Commission. Please visit www.garlandcivictheatre.org or call 972-485-8884 for additional information.

Light Board Operator - Cortez Pasley
Sound Board Operator - Matthew Walker
Carpenters - Josh Hensley, Edgar Hernandez
Paint - Samantha Labrada, Brendan Ramsey, Meg Steffens, Josh Hensley
Props - Lisa Hensley