About Us

The Cheyenne Little Theatre Players (CLTP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, community theatre whose mission is to consistently bring high quality, community-based theatrical entertainment and education to people of all ages in the tri-state region of Wyoming, northern Colorado, and western Nebraska, as well as to visitors to Cheyenne from throughout the world.

CLTP offers a year-round season of full-scale musical, comedy and dramatic productions, including Staged Readings and The Old Fashioned Melodrama. Established in 1956, The Old Fashioned Melodrama is CLTP's longest continuing production. During the season, approximately 2,500 CLTP volunteers contribute to the group’s successful shows by performing, directing, building sets, operating spotlights, ushering, serving concessions, staffing will-call and the box office and doing much, much more. Approximately 16,000 area residents attend CLTP programs & events each year.

A major focus of the CLTP programs is theater education. For several years, CLTP has sponsored classes and educational programs for learners of all ages. CLTP offers an annual Youth Summer Stock that gives area students grades 2-12 a comprehensive theater education and practical theater experience, as well as providing two delightful stage productions for the public.

The Vision of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players is to be the consistent choice of those seeking quality entertainment.

 


 

Mission

Celebrating creativity and community enrichment through theatre.

Vision

To be the theatrical hub in our region through memorable experiences, education, community integration, and professional practices.

Values

1) Safe in All Ways
2) Committed to Professional Quality
3) Respect for People, Processes, and the Theatre
4) Driven by Passionate Volunteers

 


 

History

Founded in 1930, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players (CLTP) is one of the oldest community theatre groups in the United States, as well as one of the oldest continuously operating organizations in Cheyenne. The CLTP achieved 501(c)(3) status in 1940.

In the late 1920s, touring groups that had once regularly performed live in communities throughout the United States slipped into obscurity, their popularity usurped by an increasing interest in broadcast radio and in the cinema. Audiences benefited because radio receivers could be purchased relatively reasonably for home use, and admission to “talking pictures” was less expensive than to live performances. Theatres also profited as renting films cost less than paying for booking fees, orchestras, stagehands and other expenses connected with “live” entertainment.

Largely in response to the demise of the touring troupe in the fall of 1929, Mr. William F. DeVere and Mr. Barrie O’Daniels met with the officers of the Cheyenne Women’s Club to discuss forming a little theatre. Mrs. R.J. (Elizabeth) Hofmann, club president, and Mrs. J. D. (Agnes) O’Mahoney, club vice-president, took the idea to their members, who voted to sponsor the project. Soon representatives of twelve local service clubs were involved in the project. They elected Agnes O’Mahoney president of a twelve member board of directors.

The new little theatre presented three one-act plays on May 7, 1930 in the Wyoming Consistory Auditorium. Frederic Hutchison “Bunk” Porter designed the sets. Porter, a well-known Cheyenne architect, was to become the creative force behind the group’s sets for many years. Known for their carefully crafted detail, his sets awed both actors and audiences. The organization performed all of its shows in the Wyoming Consistory Auditorium until 1953, when productions moved to the stage of the Lincoln Theatre.

A number of the individuals who helped found the organization served it for many years: William F. DeVere, who directed the group’s first three one-act plays, was a board member for 22 years. Mrs. R. J. Hofmann, active in its creation, was president between 1949 and 1952, then sat on theatre’s advisory board, a three-member body created in the early 1950s. Set designer “Bunk” Porter also joined the advisory board after serving on the board of directors for 22 years. Barrie O’Daniels continued to direct, act, and lend his experience to the group for over 25 years.

 

CLTP SHOW HISTORY

 


 

Board of Directors

President                                                                   MARY HALL

VP of Finance                                                 LESLIE SWIDECKI

VP of Administration                                         JASON GILBERT

VP of Programming                                    CATHIE CHADWICK

VP of Fund Development                              SARA SERELSON

VP of Volunteer Resources                             NANCY STANGE

Mary Godfrey President                                  BRENDA LYTTLE

Members at Large

SEAN AMBROSE, JAY BATSON, ERIN KENDALL

CEARA MADSON, MIKE MCGOWAN, JEFF TISH

 


 

Staff

Todd Martin
Managing Director

tmartin@cheyennelittletheatre.org

Maria Thompson
Technical Director/Rental Coordinator

mthompson@cheyennelittletheatre.org

Katie Craver
Box Office

kcraver@cheyennelittletheatre.org

 

 

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