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The Salem Community Theatre enjoys a long and distinguished history of providing instruction in the theatre arts, live performances, and a number of community outreach programs.

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Proudly Presents 

The Little Mermaid, Jr.Little Mermaid

June 17, 18, and 19, 2016

The SCT Youth Theatre presents the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid,” directed by Youth Theatre instructor Niki Slaven and Music Director Brett Cowden.  Join this talented cast of 43 young actors “under the sea” for the story of Ariel (played by Madeleine Schreffler) and her aquatic friends, family and new-found love, as they discover the sacrifices and commitment necessary to follow their hearts.  This is a special presentation that you and your family won’t want to miss!

Show dates are June 17th and 18th at 7:30, and June 19th at 2:00

Call for reserved seat tickets by calling our box office at 330-332-9688!


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Manager’s Notes

Spring has … well, sprung, and activities here at the Theatre have ramped up into another busy period of time:

First, in June …

SCT Youth Theatre will be our production of “The Little Mermaid Jr” featuring over 40 young and talented regional actors, and starring Madelyn Schreffler of Lisbon in the title role of Ariel.  Families of all ages will enjoy the Disney classic at it’s finest, on stage June 17th, 18th and 19th;

Our Performing Arts Program Dance Instructor, Joanna Andrei, is getting ready to release her schedule for a new line-up of classes for this summer, complete with Adult and Youth classes;

We are ready to release our new season line-up of 6 regular-season productions, followed by our Season Ticket drive lasting most of the Summer;

Watch for “SCT After Hours” a new selection of special performances, including concerts, adult-themed shows, and presentations, that will fill in more entertainment opportunities between our regularly scheduled theatrical productions;

Rehearsals are underway for the final installment of the Honkytonk Angels series, “Bubba’s Revenge,” set to hit the stage on July 29th.

As we begin the production process on upcoming shows, check out the “Get Involved” page for our wish-list of volunteers; always needed, and certainly appreciated here at SCT!

Stayed tuned and plugged in.  As you’ll be able to see, the creative spirit is alive and well here at SCT.

Join In The Adventure!

Gary Kekel, Managing Director


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SCT Concert Series

Beginning a few years ago, Salem Community Theatre started a brand new set of events, known as The SCT Concert Series.  Concerts of various nature are being developed including:

-an “Emerging Artists Series” that will feature area performers who have exhibited promising talent, ready to expand their abilities to larger and more diverse audiences.

-a “Local Legends” series, featuring talented entertainers form our area who have enjoyed careers in the performing arts

-an “On The Road” series, with national performers and entertainers who are currently touring, of various musical styles and appeal, from jazz to classical, from ethnic to eclectic.

See the Special Events page on this web site for information on coming attractions!

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SCT Announces Our 2015-2016 Season!

Salem Community Theatre is proud to announce our new 2015-16 season of Theatrical Productions.

Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season, which commences this September.  Comprised of four musicals, one of which is a Holiday show, a comedy, plus a classic mystery, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to this local venue, celebrating our 39th year of presenting live theatrical performances.

A Murder

A Murder Is Announced

Sept. 18-27, 2015

The citizens of Chipping Cleghorn are shocked when an advertisment in the newspaper reads, “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at Little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.” Curious to experience the inticing party game, a group of guests show up at the appointed time. At 6:30, lights go out, shots are fired, and everyone is enjoying the suspense until a body is discovered–come to the party and watch as Agatha Christie’s classic character Miss Marple attempts to solve this riveting mystery!


Sweeney ToddSweeny Todd

Oct. 30-Nov. 8, 2015

Sweeney Todd–Sondheim’s dark classic about a Victorian-era barber who returns to London after being mistakenly accused and exiled. Teaming up with a Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a failing meat pie shop, he vows to languish his anger against all humankind! Stephen Sondheims exquisite score is brought to life in this musical directed by veteran director Michael Dempsey and a cast of the area’s finest actors and musicians.

Generously sponsored by Kim & Geoff Goll.

A Country Christmas CarolCCC

December 4-13, 2015

Seasons greetings from Marley County, USA, where folks don’t have a whole lot, but where everybody’s doing what they can to make the Christmas holiday crackle—except for one mean and miserly old coot who somehow misses the whole point. Ring a bell? It’s Dickens’ classic, dusted off and gussied up in a new country-western musical version.  A Country Christmas Carol is ideal family holiday fare—fresh, engaging, often hilarious, and genuinely moving, all in the familiar tale of hope and redemption. This is a down-home pleasure from start to finish.

Generously sponsored by Yuhanik’s Cleaners.

Leading Ladiesleading 2

Feb. 26-March 6, 2016

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.

Church Basement LadiesChruchBasementLadies

April 29-May 8, 2016

A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true “steel magnolias” of the church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies’ characters as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.  After years of trying, SCT has finally been able to license this popular show … you won’t want to miss it!

Generously sponsored by Butech-Bliss


Honkytonk Angels III:  Bubba’s RevengeBubbas Revenge

July 29-Aug. 7, 2016

By popular demand, the “Angels” are back with the final installment of the “Honkytonk Angels” series of shows.  This last time around, Angela’s husband, Bubba, makes his long anticipated appearance when “Honkytonk Heaven,” the nightclub now owned by the new Nashville star Darlene is reopened under “new management.”

A spooky country-western style Halloween night se’ance, a foot-stompin’ gospel jubilee and a “psychically sensitive” beer-drinkin’ BUBBA all combine in this hilarious new musical comedy.

Songs include Islands in The Stream, On The Road Again, You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly, Rhinestone Cowboy, Achy Breaky Heart, You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man, and Everything is Beautiful.


Please note that we are returning to the traditional run of a show at Salem Community Theatre for two consecutive weekends, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM (a new starting time) and a Sunday matinee at 2 PM.

In addition to the six regular season shows, the Theatre plans on continuing to present “Director Specials,” shows that would be scheduled between regular shows, and would most likely run for only one weekend. They would be considered “special” in one of many ways:  a concert-style show, youth theatre productions, a pre-cast or touring production, a “pet project” of a certain director, or an experimental production of contemporary theatre.  Currently there are several ideas and willing participants for these productions, and the Theatre is eager to fill the available time slots and keep the Theatre active as much as possible.  So check back for updates to the “Special Events” page for more info!


Call the Theatre Box office at 330-332-9688 for Season Ticket Pricing, a 6-show package, all attractively priced for Adults, Seniors (over 62) and Students.




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