Spokane Children's Theatre is the oldest theatre organization in the Spokane area! Launched in 1946 by The Junior League of Spokane, Spokane Children's Theatre continues today and is one of the few community children's theatre groups in the country completely independent from sponsorship by any other theatrical, education or religious institution. Audiences hail from Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, numbering 10,000+ each year.
Meet Our Staff
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daryl Brender
Vice President . . . . . . . . . Donna Skoog
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Bechsta
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle McFarlane
Board Member...................Cathy McKinney
Board Member . . . . . . . .. . Trudy A. Rogers
Board Member..................Kirsten Schierman
Board Member...................Tim Campbell
Board Member....................Jenna Carroll
Office Manager . . . . . . . . . Doug Beschta
In 2008, Spokane Children's Theatre introduced the Robert and Carmen Farley Scholarship Program, available to the cast and/or crew member (aged 7-17) to attend a performance-related summer program. The late Robert Farley was recognized as Individual Benefactor of the Year in 2009 and remained a guiding light for SCT for many years. Bob served backstage, onstage and in the front of house, has recruited volunteers, supporting and advising fledgling directors and encouraging children to chase their dreams since the 1970s. Bob and Carmen have been tireless volunteers and generous donors. Bob was a caring mentor and eternal friend and is deeply missed in the Spokane theatre community.
Since 1970, premier performances of 11 new scripts by local playwrights have been produced by Spokane Children's Theatre. Some of these shows have subsequently been published, won awards, been invited to national and regional theatre conferences, and have been produced by other theatre groups throughout the nation. In the spring of 1977, 1996, 1998, and 2000, Spokane Children's Theatre hosted a Northwest Regional Children's Theatre Play Festival which included a variety of theatre oriented workshops and shows presented by companies from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California.
In 2001, SCT took their cast and crew of "Pinocchio" to the National Association of Community Theatre Association Play competition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and were named Co-Winners of Best in State and Best Ensemble Performance. Other awards included Washington State Association of Community Theatres Kaleidoscope 2001, Best Supporting Actor (Patrick Treadway) and Best Set Design (Peter Hardie). 'Pinnochio' also won first place at the Regional #9 Community Theatre Association Play Competition and tied for first place at the Washington State Community Theatre Association Play Competition.
In 1997, SCT's production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' took second place at the Washington State Community Theatre Association Play Competition and in 1995, SCT received the Outstanding Arts Organization award, presented by the Spokane Arts Commission.