The Lake City Community Theatre was formed in 1989, for the
expressed purpose of providing and exposing the Lake City area to
the magic of performing arts. This community and area has been
blessed through the years with the development of many talented
citizens, especially in the area of performing music. Much of
this development can be attributed to strong music programs in
the area churches and schools. The Theatre was proposed as an
exciting way to showcase this talent to the community at large
and in the process promote performing arts as a vital part of a
communitys quality of life.
A group of dedicated individuals, led by Mrs. Susie Hyman,
began the process in early 1989. An organizational structure was
established, the initial show The Music Man was selected, and a
director, Mr. Glen Gourley of Francis Marion University, was
recruited to lead this process forward. The initial schedule,
which has varied through the ensuing years, was to present a
large-cast musical show in the fall of each year, followed by a
smaller cast show in the early spring.
From a large, wide-eyed initial cast of local performers, the
Theatre has progressed to this day. With the cooperation from
Florence County District Three, The Theatres venue, the Blanding
Street Auditorium, has gradually been transformed from an
outdated elementary school auditorium to a facility very well-
suited to the staging of sophisticated Broadway Theater shows.
With the Theatre being a major financial contributor, as well as
assistance from Florence County funds, the school district
replaced the old, out-dated seating with comfortable, cushioned
seats. This is only a portion of the on-going upgrades and
improvements to this beautiful old building.
In the ensuing years since its inception, the Theatre, has
produced a wide range of magical, large scale musical shows to
small comedies. The community has overwhelmingly supported these efforts. Local businesses and individuals have generously
supported the funding and underwriting of yearly productions.
Grants and awards from other sources have also served to support
the Theatres financial needs. The Theatre has become a vital
part of the cultural fabric of the area. Former cast members
number in the hundreds and hail from all segments of our
community. The cast participation has extended to include the
entire Florence County area, as well as Williamsburg and
Clarendon counties. Our shows have become much anticipated
cultural events throughout the area and state.
The Lake City Community Theatre, Inc. is a tax-exempt
organization. It is directed by a 12 member board of directors
elected from the local area. All funding is provided through
contributions, grants, and ticket sales.
Kim Turbeville – 1989 – 2000
John Coleman – 2000- 2008
Reveley Thomy – 2008-2009, 2009 – 2010
Kevin Buchanan – 2010 – 2011, 2011-2012
Reveley Thomy – 2012 – 2013, 2013 -2014, 2017
Kevin Buchanan – 2014 – 2015, 2015- 2016