Owasso Community Theatre Company, created in the summer of 2002 by a group of theatre enthusiasts, provides a local community theatre venue. Board of Governor elections occurred in August 2003 among the founding members. In September 2004, OCTC produced William Inge’s Picnic as its premiere production. Since that first show, OCTC has incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has produced a variety of theatrical fare including plays, musicals, talent shows and also offers various workshops and classes throughout the year. The Board of Governors is comprised of dedicated volunteers who give of their time and labor to support the continued development of OCTC.
We rehearse and perform in a variety of venues in the Owasso area, including the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center at Owasso High School, Rejoice Church, and various Owasso Public Schools. Unfortunately, our locations and schedules are frequently changing and are dependent on the availability of each venue. We truly appreciate the patience of our Casts, Crews, and Patrons and we strongly encourage all those interested in OCTC to subscribe to the newsletter for updates. Plans are underway for securing a permanent location for the educational and performance activities of Owasso Community Theatre Company in the near future.
Some of our past productions include The Secret Garden, Stuart Little, Wind in the Willows, Picnic, Mousetrap, Anne of Green Gables, Robin Hood, Cheaper by the Dozen and The Cemetary Club.
OCTC are proud members of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA), the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council and the Owasso Chamber of Commerce.
Owasso Community Theatre Company will provide a unique and rewarding arts experience for the community through educational opportunities in performing arts and the production of high quality theatrical presentations for all ages.
• Maintain financial stability through annual growth in earned income, contributed dollars, and endowment, within a balanced budget;
• Provide an environment in which volunteers, students, and staff can continuously develop their skills, support and mentor each other, and remain fulfilled with their OCTC experiences;
• Utilize comfortable, accessible, safe, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment which advances our creativity in production;
• Maintain a passionately committed, effective Board of Governors with vision and a positive attitude;
• Maintain a respected reputation locally, regionally, and nationally for the quality of our work
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
KAY NELDON - PRESIDENT
Kay began her acting adventures at age 5 when she appeared in her big brother’s high school play. She continued to participate in theatre from elementary school to high school and attended the University of Oklahoma with a scholarship for Competitive Speech. Joplin Little Theatre was her next theatre home, where she participated onstage or backstage in several productions. (Kay is eternally grateful to her husband Mike for being a great Dad and Mom to their children Emily and Brian when they were small and Mom spent too many evenings at the theatre.) The Neldon family moved to Collinsville/ Owasso in 1997 where she continued her career as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. Beginning in 1999 and continuing to the present, she has regularly appeared onstage as Anne Slade in The Drunkard at Tulsa’s Spotlight Theatre. In 2006, she made her OCTC onstage debut in Cheaper by the Dozen, which was followed by roles in Stuart Little, The Cemetery Club, Night of January 16th, and Anne of Green Gables, as well as numerous backstage and offstage support positions. Kay joined the OCTC Board of Governors in 2007 and continues to enjoy serving OCTC.
HEIDI RAE - VICE PRESIDENT
Heidi began her involvement with OCTC when her son was cast in the 2011 production of Wind in the Willows. She helped backstage as a Stage Mom helping make sure kiddos were on stage and in correct costumes. She took a break backstage and helped with front of house selling tickets and concessions during 2011’s Mousetrap. Spring 2012 took her backstage again as she undertook the position of costume coordinator for the musical production of The Secret Garden. She joined the board summer 2012 and does many of the facebook updates and postings as well as the design of the website. She is very excited to be part of OCTC and looks forward to watching it grow!
CHRIS LARSON - TREASURER
Chris got involved with OCTC backstage as a volunteer while her daughter was out on stage wowing the crowd. After several seasons of volunteer work, Chris joined the Board where she has acted as Treasurer and Front of House/Volunteer Coordinator as well as overseeing camps, workshops and classes. She recently began acting through OCTC and has been blessed with being on stage with her daughter in several productions. Chris has a BBA from UNT and has worked in oil & gas and the software industry. She currently works for Rejoice Church.
DANIELLE PAWLEY- SECRETARY
Danni is not only our secretary, but also our choreographer for productions. She started out her dancing career at the age of 3 and studied at the University of Utah with Ballet West. Danni’s number one love is dancing but she has spent numerous hours studying drama and on stage which earned her an invitation into the International Thespian Society. Danni holds a Masters in Business Administration and Accountancy and currently works for Enterprise Holdings, Inc. When she is not busy as a Board Member, secretary and choreographer for OCTC she is spending her time as the Crew Leader for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, running in several 5K runs throughout the year with her kids and family and raising three beautiful children, Nathan, Nicole and Norah
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
Kasey became involved in OCTC when her daughter was cast in Jack and the Magic Beans. Relocating several times with her husband has given her the opportunity to be involved in various local theatres both on and off stage. She joined the board in 2012 and is excited to be part of OCTC's future! Kasey holds a degree in Math and Science from the State University of New York and previousely worked in the medical field. Currently she works for her husband's consulting business and raises her kids!
Kayce has been involved in theatre and performing her entire life. As a child of a professional musician, she was able to climb onstage as soon as possible and has never left since! In the past several years she has been in several productions including Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady. Kayce joined OCTC in 2008 as director for The Adventures of Peter Rabbit.
Ken discovered Owasso Community Theater when his son, Ben, played John in OCTC's production of Secret Garden in 2012. Then, Ken auditioned for OCTC's Oliver Twist in 2013 and played the nefarious Bill Sykes. He enjoys community theater, cycling, and running in his spare time.He shared the stage in Oliver Twist with his sons Ben and Alex and hopes to be on stage with his sons in future OCTC productions. By day, Ken is an aircraft mechanic at American Airlines in Tulsa.
Milan began performing in high school and soon became hooked on theatre. A few of his favorite shows as an actor were The Lion in Winter with Theatre Pops, A Christmas Carol with American Theatre Company, and Babes in Toyland with the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. Mr. Anich has received his BFA at the University of Oklahoma and then his MFA at the University of Georgia where he trained in scenic, lighting, projection design, and animation. Milan Anich is currently working as the Technical Director at the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center and co-manages that facility. He hopes his skill set can help increase the production values for OCTC.
Tricia began her involvement with OCTC as a volunteer working with Chris Larson in the front of house. She loves the art and although she has not acted in an OCTC production, she enrolled in acting classes at the Paramount Theater in Austin before moving to Tulsa in 2007. She graduated TCC with an Associate Degree in Human Resources and will continue to pursue her Bachelor Degree at OSU. She currently works at Rejoice Chruch and is a proud mom of three: Chris, Catherine and Zach.