|In the fall of 2001 a group of parents met while helping with the JFK 5'th grade play. Kathy Fox Alfano, Jeremy Comeau, Ann Miller, George Jenkins, and Bob Cattel got together and asked the question - why isn't there theatre for adults in Canton? When the 5'th grade production ended Canton Community Theatre was born, and our first production, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, premiered in the spring of 2002. Shortly after that, came our first summer spectacular, The Music Man, and we were off and running. It's been 20 years since that fateful meeting and we are still going strong. We've performed in many different locations, some with little or no stage or even room for sets. No matter the situation we persevered.
For the past two decades we have presented over 70 plays, musicals, and special events featuring the enormous talents of our own Canton residents, as well as those from the surrounding communities. We have collaborated with several Canton groups, associations, and local businesses to help fundraise for, support, and engage with our community. In addition to supporting our fellow Canton businesses and groups, we have supported the arts at a school level with our scholarship program for CHS seniors, as well as our student directing and technical program, which gave aspiring artists the opportunity to work in a space outside of their school program, and further expand on their knowledge and skills.
We have also had the great honor of fostering into being two youth theatre programs in Canton. The first is Stageworthy Drama, founded and run by the incredible Aoife Barrington-Haber. Aoife is not only a talented actress who performs with CCT, but has created a strong program that allows children to explore the world, and themselves through the power of theatre and improv. A few years ago, our production of The Enchanted Bookshop also sparked a new company for children - Silversmith Youth Theatre was born! A group of CCT parents and performers saw an opening for a traditional theatre group for kids and premiered this past holiday season with the sequel The Enchanted Bookshop Christmas.
Although Covid-19 slowed us down for a while, we have come back stronger than ever, just recently closing out our 19th season with Agnes of God, Ken Ludwig's Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the regional premiere of The Viewing Room, an original piece by Stoughton native Mark Smith.
We could not be prouder or more excited to announce the beginning of our upcoming 20'th Anniversary Season. We open this fall with a 20'th Anniversary Extravaganza, where we bring together performers from throughout our years to perform selected scenes and songs from the 70+ productions we've had to date. We are also thrilled to announce that in November of this year we will present Hands on a Hardbody, the musical based on S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary film of the same name. In addition, we will be presenting two other pieces to be announced at a later date.