TCP Historical Information

Historical Information and Other Facts

  • Group began on May 18, 1971 as the Decatur County Civic Theater
  • Group was started by Cleo Duncan and Sue Burdett
  • Was originally sponsored by the parks and recreation department
  • Used rented space for meetings and productions
  • First board of directors were: John Himmelheber (president), Cleo Duncan (vice president), Sue Burdett (secretary), Diane Grimes (treasurer), William Mitchell, George Granholt, Nellie Hill, Tim McFarland and Bob Burdett
  • Group staged a “name the group” contest, won by Mrs. Frances Lindner of St. Paul. Group name changed to Tree County Players (October 1971)
  • First show was “Under The Yum Yum Tree” presented in September 1971 at the Greensburg Junior High School. Ticket prices were $1.00 in advance and $1.25 at the door
  • Group was interested in buying and renovating the Knights of Pythias theater, not able to raise enough money
  • In early 80’s group purchased building on Monfort Street (used for storage , meeting and rehearsals)
  • All volunteer group
  • Established to provide an organization in which people with theatrical interests can develop their skills, understanding and appreciation of drama and to offer theatrical performances for the enjoyment and educational enrichment of the community.
  • Group presents several shows each year, some dramas, some comedies and usually a summer musical.
  • Thousands of Decatur county and surrounding area residents have participated in TCP productions
  • A 501c-3 organization , not for profit corporation, all donations are tax deductible
  • Ticket sales do not usually cover show production costs (royalties, script rentals, sets, costumes, performance space rental, make-up, props, advertising, etc).
  • Depend on benefactor contributions to keep group solvent
  • Membership dues $10/individual or $20/family. Members receive group newsletter and are voting members
  • Many people involved with group have learned skills that have enabled them to move on to bigger and better things.
  • Supports other area non-profits through resource loans (costumes, props, etc.)