Salem Community Theatre, Be Part of the "Tradition!"

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.

Backstage Crew Needed!!

Backstage crew needed!!! Ever want to help out with a production but not comfortable on stage? The heartwarming comedy Over the River and Through the Woods is looking for backstage crew for its upcoming production. This is a great chance to be involved in your community, learn how productions come together and help make the Magic of theatre come to life, while meeting people you will call friends for the rest of your life. The show opens September 16th, and runs for two weekends. If interested, drop us a line and we can give you more information about this great opportunity to give back to your community.

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The 4th Annual Alumni Benefit Cabaret

Join us for the 4th annual alumni benefit revue, entitled “An Award-winning Review; Tony Approved”  Friday August 19th at 7:30 PM. The revue is the fourth in a series of performances directed and cast by individuals that grew up in the youth theatre program at SCT, and is being produced and directed by Youth Theatre alumni Abby Cull Nicole Slaven and Donny Wolford.

The cabaret-style performance will contain performances from hand-picked Tony Award winning musicals since the time that the Awards show began.  In addition to Slaven, Cull and Wolford, those participating in the cast are Bethany Kholos, Bret Cowden, and Anthony Ventura all accomplished actors and singers who have gained their experience participating in productions at SCT. 

See more details on our “Special Events” page!


Proudly Opens our 40th Season with

Over the River

Over the River and Through the Woods

September 16th through 25, 2016


Show dates are September 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30, and  September 18 and 25th at 2:00

The box office will be open for reserved seat tickets for Season Ticket holders starting Sept. 6th, and to the general public starting Sept. 12  at 330-332-9688


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SCT Announces Our 2016-2017 Season!

Salem Community Theatre is proud to announce our new 2016-17 season of Theatrical Productions.

Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2016-2017 theatrical season, which commences this September.  Comprised of four musicals, one of which is a Holiday show, a comedy, even a cult classic, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to this local venue, celebrating its 40th year of presenting live theatrical performances.

 Over the River
The new season opens on Sept. 16, 2016 with “Over the River and Through the Woods,” written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Chris Fidram of Youngstown. This is a heart warming comedy about a young man’s relationship with both sets of his Italian immigrant grandparents in New Jersy, and how they scheme to keep him from leaving them for a job on the West Coast.Rocky
From Oct. 21st  through November 5th, SCT will present “The Rocky Horror Show,” the cult classic popular since it’s debut in London over 40 years ago, and which was also made in to a film in 1975.  This production is being directed by Michael Dempsey, and will include a unique midnight show on October 29th.
For the Holiday Season, SCT presents the musical “The Snow Queen,” the Hans Christian Anderson story that was adapted by Disney for the movie “Frozen,” on stage from December 2nd through 11th.  Joanna Andrei Snow Queenwill be directing and adding her choreography to this unique version of the wintry tale. Outreach performances for school age youth will also be planned for this production.

Due to the overwhelming success of the first production and the phenomenal audience response, Salem Community Theatre has decided to continue the story of Church Basement Ladies in late February of 2017. A Second Helping: the Church Basement Ladies Sequel, re-assembles the original creative team from last season, picking the story up in 1969 with the world continuing to change. As protests of the Vietnam War CBL IIincrease and women everywhere are demanding equal pay for equal work, A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel takes you from the High School students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary night, all “here below the House of God.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be on the SCT stage from March 17th through 26th.  The 1962 novel by Ken Kesey was adapted for the stage, then made famous in the 1975 movie starring Jack Nicholson as the Randall Murphy, the charming rogue serving a short sentence in a mental institution rather than a prison.  He takes over the yard, Cuckoochanges lives, and turns the institution and the medical profession upside down, and pays the price. 
In late summer, SCT will stage “9 to 5,” the stage adaptation of the movie featuring music and lyrics composed by Dolly Parton. Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Set in the late 1970’s, this 9 to 5 pichilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.
Included in the regular season of productions, the Theatre continues their success of their Youth Theatre department with “Shrek, the Musical,” to be staged in June.  The creative   director Niki Slaven is on board to give young and developing regional talent the opportunity to present this popular and entertaining production.
SCT will streamline their season ticket sales this season by offering only a six-ticket “flex pass” format, enabling theatre-goers the flexibility of choosing which shows they would like to attend out of the seven offerings, and continuing to offer adult, senior, and student Shrekprices.  They will also initiate an on-line ticket purchasing option, soon to be announced.
In addition to the seven regular season shows, SCT plans on presenting concerts and extra theatrical productions under the banner “SCT After Hours” which will be scheduled between regular shows, and most likely run for only one weekend.  Managing Director Gary Kekel confirmed that “currently there are several projects planned and willing participants for these productions. The Theatre is eager to fill the available time slots and keep the Theatre as active as possible.”
More information about purchasing season tickets, pricing, and details of the productions and programs can be obtained by calling the Salem Community Theatre office at 330-332-9688, or visit
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Manager’s Notes

Summer is nearing an end, but activities here at the Theatre have ramped up into another busy period of time:

Our 2016-17 Season Ticket Campaign is in full swing.  If you are interested in details, call the Theatre office for more information;

Our Performing Arts Program Dance Instructor, Joanna Andrei, has added a new line-up of classes, complete with Adult and Youth classes;

We have released our 2016 -’17 Season line-up of 6 regular-season productions, in conjunction with our Season Ticket drive lasting most of the Summer (check out the “Current Season” page;

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;

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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