History of CTC
Creswick Theatre Company Incorporated was founded in 1981 as Creswick Amateur Theatre Group (or CAT). The objective of the company, as recorded in the inaugural minutes, was, ‘To foster, cultivate and stimulate an appreciation of the performing arts in Creswick for the benefit of the community’.
In double quick time the Theatre had their first production up and running at the Creswick Town Hall: Oliver with Sweet Nellie’s Dilemma later in the same year.
In 1993, under the Presidency of Marg Edgar, the Company found a home in the old Creswick Courthouse.
Built in 1859, this beautiful building had been left empty after the Victorian Police moved out in the late 1970s. Tales are still told of the hours spent scrubbing pigeon droppings from every surface. The building is now owned by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and is managed by the Company.
In the late 1990s we changed our name to the Creswick Theatre Company Incorporated (CTC) and established our current Constitution and Committee of Management.
Membership fluctuates each year from 20 to over 80 which is not bad for a town of around 3200 people. Membership at present is around 50.
Since 1982, the CTC has produced an average of at least three performances a year, with four annual shows since 2015
Productions have ranged across: well-known shows such as The King and I and The Sound of Music; interesting experiments with Brechtian theatre; Gilbert and Sullivan favourites; a wide range of short dramas and comedies often penned by local writers, to plays written exclusively for the Company by international playwright, Carol B Cole.
We will produce our 100th show in 2018.
Current Life Members
- Carol Cole
- John Coffey
- Frank Lilley
- Travis Smithard
- Graeme Wallis
- Barb Watts
- Mike Watts