September 9, 1992, seventeen people attended KHCT's
first organization meeting. Two very important decisions
were made at that first meeting. First, to adopt the
name of The Kearney/Holt Community Theatre. The second
was to begin work on our premier production, "THE BEST
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER".
the financial support of the Kearney Fine Arts Council
and several local merchants and businesses, we got our
start. The first season's efforts were coordinated by
Jim Leuschke with the help and cooperation of a group
of very talented and motivated volunteers. The group
operated without a formal charter or governing body,
but the general consensus was that we would eventually
want to form a non-profit corporation. In July of 1993
a board was formed and B.J. Gray was elected President.
This Board developed Bylaws and we were incorporated
in April of 1994. Other milestones in the early years
of the organization include: Creating the KHCT NEWS
(a quarterly newsletter) to keep the membership informed
of the organizations progress; Joining The American
Association of Community Theatre ( AACT ); Being granted
Non-Profit, Tax Exempt status by the I.R.S. and being
declared exempt from sales taxes by the State of Missouri.
a result of the efforts of many dedicated individuals,
a great deal has been accomplished in KHCT's short history.
Today, the Kearney/Holt Community Theatre is incorporated
under the laws of the state of Missouri as a Non-Profit
Corporation. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501(c)3, Public benefit, charitable group.
This designation allows individuals, as well as businesses,
to make tax deductible donations and gifts to help support
the organization. KHCT is dedicated to providing our
local community with social, cultural, and educational
enrichment through the promotion of theatrical arts.
Although not directly associated with the Kearney School
District, our efforts certainly compliment the educational
process in our community. We are constantly learning
as well as teaching. Good community theater is intended
to provide all of us an opportunity to learn and to
grow. We hope to help participants build self-esteem
and confidence, and meet new friends. A good, wholesome,
family-oriented organization like KHCT does not happen
by mistake. It takes planning, commitment and hard work.
It takes all of us working together. Hundreds of people
have worked hard to help create this organization. Collectively,
they have done a tremendous job! We can be very proud
of their efforts.
KHCT did not stop once it got on it's feet; the organization
continued to grow as a community entity:
During it's fifth season KHCT received plaques from
Kearney Chamber of Commerce, The Kearney High School
and The American Association of Community Theatres in
recognition of their efforts, community involvement
and continued support. On September 9, 1997, we celebrated
our five year anniversary. Just when we thought it couldn't
get any better........ the Mayors of both Kearney and
Holt presented KHCT with a combined Proclamation declaring
September 9, 1997 as Kearney/Holt Community Theatre
Day. Another highlight of this season was breaking new
ground by stepping outside the traditional theater and
started producing diner theatre for the local community.
it's sixth year the organization expanded it's honors
off stage, receiving two parade awards: third place
in the annual Kearney Jesse James Days parade and first
place in the annual HOLT Cannonball parade. While KHCT's
focus remains on theatrical entertainment, it continues
to make itself a presence in the community with such
events as Breakfast with Santa and theatrical workshops.
KHCT! You have a lot to be proud of.
most successful organizations it has taken countless
hours of hard work by numerous people. It began with
the seemingly innocent question: "Does Kearney have
a community theater group?". The answer has come from
an entire community; "NOW IT DOES !"