Muskegon Civic Theater
Rotary Member Teri Gust and guest, Kirk Wahamaki gave us a history of the Muskegon Civic Theatre which is entering its 33rd year, but has roots go back to the 1920s. Established in 1985 as a consolidation of the former Civic Opera Association, Port City Playhouse, and Muskegon Youth Theater, it is the only community theater organization in Muskegon County. Every year they produce five shows including a small musical, a comedy, drama, black box show, and a large musical in the Frauenthal Theater.
Not only does MCT offer world-class performances, it also has educational programming for students from kindergarten through high school all year round. Over 5000 students throughout the years have taken part in education programs, helping to develop skills, confidence, and even spurring a few professional careers in entertainment.
A brand new youth program will be starting this year and MCT is the first in Michigan to launch this exciting project. The Penguin Project, a program founded by Dr. Andrew Morgan of Peoria, IL, works with students who have special needs to allow them to participate in children’s theater for the first time. The program uses peer mentoring system where each artist is matched up with a peer as they learn. The Penguin Project will be producing Annie Jr. this fall. Be sure to come out and support this talented group of young artists and their partner agency, No More Sidelines.