Longmont Theatre Company is one of the oldest continually running community theaters in the state of Colorado. Its mission is to offer quality entertainment with an educational component for the Greater Boulder community and to manage a self-sufficient performing arts center.
Initially known as the Potpourri Players, the Longmont Theater Company was established in 1957 as a fund raising event for The Longmont Community Hospital. The theater has a long history dedicated to bringing culture and entertainment to the city and its nearby communities. Longmont Theatre Company celebrated a successful 50th anniversary in 2007. In 2010, it held a Theatrical Arts Recognition Award (TARA) ceremony.
The Longmont Theatre Company has renovated the Longmont Performing Arts Center, located at 513 Main Street in Longmont, into a live play venue with over 1,100 sq ft stage, limited back stage space, dressing rooms, theatrical sound and lighting, as well as lobby, concession stand and ticketing area.
Since 1995, Longmont Theater Company has been a participant at the Colorado Community Theater Coalition Awards. Over the years, it has received several CCTC Awards, placing second overall Colorado community theaters in 2006 for its “Laundry and Bourbon” presentation under the direction of Scott Dunn.
Aside from presenting five main stage productions, it is currently home to its own Dramatic Arts Academy intended for school aged students, which also presents two Chidren’s Theater annually. The five main season shows include dramas, comedies and musicals. The Taste of Shakespeare troupe also presents additional skits, shows and performances, while the summer Children’s Drama Camp presents a summer show. There is also a holiday show by and for children.
Longmont Theatre Company’s A Taste of Shakespeare is an outreach and education program delivering Shakespearian theater in free performances at the Front Range. In addition to complete shows, it performs other creative acts like songs, stage fighting and skits. Its main mission is to study and perform William Shakespeare’s works for education outreach and cultural betterment of the community.
During the summer season, Longmont Theater Company offers various workshops for the youth. This includes the Elementary program (grades 1 to 6), Teen program (grades 6 to 12), Advanced program (grades 9 to 12) and 24-hour Lock-in program (grades 9 to 12).
For the 2011-12 season, Longmont Theatre Company proudly offers exciting summer offerings, including Chris Parr’s “Bye Bye Birdie” in September 2011 and Peter Morgan’s “Frost/Nixon” in November 2011. In May this year, it is set to present John Bishop’s The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.