Article by Matthew Tribble and Ashlee Vitz

Amazing Things Happening for Community Theatre of Clay County!

December has been very exciting for CTCC! We served three sold out audiences at our Christmas show, received $25,000 in grant funds, previewed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, received $590 in donations to our endowment, prepared for next month’s annual meeting, and continued work toward the biggest possible change the theatre has seen in its 40 years!

CTCC receives $25,000 from Clay County!

On December 14, CTCC accepted a check for $25,000 from the Clay County Commissioner’s Office through ARPA funds. ARPA stands for the American Rescue Plan Act. CTCC was one of several Clay County nonprofits to receive funding. Part of the money will go toward repairing our façade and part of it will go toward matching funds in another grant that could change the theatre for the better forever! Lee Reberger (board member) accepted the check on behalf of the theatre.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is Driving Just Around the Corner!

On December 14 we also had a watch party for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dinner was provided by Pappy’s BBQ and volunteer pitch-in, and it was delicious! Many laughs and much camaraderie was shared by Lee Reberger (director and board member), Matt Tribble (board president), Sandy Gibbens (board member), Ashlee Vitz (marketing, membership, and grant writing director), Terry Gibbens, Nancy Kulow, Audrey Tribble, Jacob Tribble, and Audrey Tribble. -AUDITIONS for Chitty CHitty Bang Bang will take place on Tuesday January 2nd. Children: 6:15-7:15pm. Adults: 7:15. 2 main children: 10-13 year olds Ensemble: up to 6 additional kids: ages 8 & up. If you’d like more information, click here. Read more about the show in general here.

CTCC By-Laws Getting a Minor Makeover

-The Bylaws Review Committee has completed their revision and made suggestions for changes to the bylaws. Those changes will be made available at the Annual Meeting on January 21st at 3pm. If you would like extra time to look over the proposal you may reach out to Matt Tribble directly at matthewtribble@gmail.com and you can find a time to meet at the theatre. You can see the current bylaws here.

Have a Holly Jolly Variety Show was a Huge Success!

-The Christmas program, Have a Holly Jolly Variety Show, directed by Tammy Emmert, was met with full audiences and wonderful reviews. We want to thank our sponsors, Terry and Sandy Gibbens. Also, thank you to all who helped with the production or came to sit in the audience. We sent out surveys to our cast and patrons and are using the feedback to help inform our decision-making process.

Part of the cast even got to go to Poland Historic Chapel to present selections from the show to the Poland Community. They received wonderful reviews, and were treated to desserts afterwards!

Get Your Donation Matched $1 for $1 During Match Madness!

-The CTCC endowment is up and running. If you find it in your heart (and budget) to contribute to this, we would be most appreciative. The Wabash Valley Community Foundation will match up to $1,000 for an individual and up to $5,000 total. You can donate online, by mail, or in person. See details here. Match Madness will run through the end of March. So far, we have received $590 in donations to our endowment! Help us reach our goal of $5,000!

CTCC Annual Meeting to be Held on January 21 at 3pm

Please join us at the theater at 3pm on January 21, 2024. You will hear reports from all committees regarding their work since February (when the committees were formed), get updated on all CTCC news, and, have a chance to vote for board members. Voting rights are granted to those considered to be a member of CTCC.

How do you become an official member of CTCC? This year, there are two ways you can do this.

  1. You can donate $10 or more to our endowment, and that will count as your membership fee.
  2. You may pay $10 on the day of the meeting to cover your membership fee.

-There will be volunteer forms at the annual meeting if you are interested in sharing your talents with us. We hope that you do!

-The next CTCC calendar will be quite exciting as we move toward 2025 and the possible transformational change that we hope to bring to our building and organization.

-See you on the 21st!