About

Our Mission

The Grand Theatre Foundation produces quality community theatre, educational outreach programs and cooperative partnerships to enrich the community through the performing arts and humanities.

Message from Seth

SethMiller_200Thanks for visiting us here at the Grand Theatre. We pride ourselves on being the “Community’s Professional Theatre.” In which we are committing to the community to provide exceptional theatre filled with local artists at an affordable price.

By working with local talent we are able to celebrate our Community and provide an exceptional theatrical experience for our audiences all while committing to presenting productions that will entertain and engage our audience in new dynamic ways.

As you enjoy our productions please remember to spread the word, it is because of amazing patrons like you that we exist as we continue to bring you the best our community has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Seth Miller
Interim Director

History

southhightheatreSouth High School opened in the fall of 1931 and served the community until its closure in 1988. During that time, the school graduated nearly 35,000 students under the administration of only four principals. The closure was controversial and broke the hearts of many of its former students.

Salt Lake Community College purchased the property from the Salt Lake School District a year later with the intention of using it as a city campus. After another year of renovation, portions of the building were opened as the SLCC South City Campus, retaining part of its former name in recognition of the school’s history. During the renovation, Pat Davis, an employee of SLCC and formerly the Executive Director of Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City, was brought to the school’s old auditorium. “What a grand theater!” she exclaimed, and the name stuck. The first Grand Theatre performance was “Promised Valley” and was held in the football stadium in 1989, but the first "official" production held in the Grand Theatre auditorium was Camelot featuring Robert Peterson

In 1995, the Theatre introduced a fundraising campaign called "Take a Seat!" The premise was to raise money for new theater seats by asking the community to pay $200 per seat; a brass plaque in that donor’s name would be attached to the armrests. Two little ladies from the South High Class of 1942 approached the SLCC Development Office with a proposal that their class purchase a seat. The only hitch was that they needed a little help to get it done. It wasn’t long before members of the Development Office, with the blessing of College President Frank Budd, were discussing the possibility of helping this group of alumni form an association which would not only benefit the thousands of displaced Cubs but SLCC, as well. That spring, the College hosted a group of notable alumni from the community at a luncheon held on the stage of the Grand Theatre. The idea of an alumni association was proposed and gladly accepted.

One of the goals of the Association states “Work in cooperation with the staff and administration of Salt Lake Community College in the growth and renewal of this great facility”. While there is vested interest in the entire structure, one area of the campus has remained structurally unchanged throughout the building’s history: the Grand Theatre. Once the school auditorium and now a premier community theater, the Grand Theatre not only thrills audiences with its performances, but helps returning South High alumni recall an earlier day.

2016-2017 Hairspray
  A Streetcar Named Desire
  The Comedy of Errors
  Dee Dee Darby-Duffin
  Erica Hansen
  Amahl and the Night Visitors
  Jekyll & Hyde
   
2015-2016 The Full Monty
  Picnic
  The Last Five Years
  And I'm Feeling Good
  Baby Boomer Comedy Show
  Young Frankenstein
  Forever Plaid
   
2014-2015 Always Patsy Cline
  The Skin of Our Teeth
  Stealing Songs & Other Stories: Joy and Eric
  To Billie & Ella with Love
  Little Shop of Horrors
  Forever Plaid
   
2013-2014 Rings
  Noises Off
  Monty Pythons Not the Messiah
  Once on this Island
  About Love
  Our Town
  Christmas with Ginger Bess
  Fame the Musical
  Golden Age of Jazz
   
2012-2013 La Cage aux Folles
  Monty Pythons Not the Messiah
  Death of a Salesman
  The Voice of the Prairie
  A Diva Holiday
  Songs of Rosemary Clooney
  Into the Woods
  Songs of Peggy Lee
   
2011-2012 Xanadu
  The Crucible
  Miss Evers' Boys
  Messiah (10th Annual)
  The Wizard of Oz
  Always Patsy Cline
   
2010-2011 Urinetown
  The Marvelous Wonderettes
  The Glass Menagerie
  Messiah (9th Annual)
  Oliver!
   
2009-2010 I Am Jane
  Bingo! The Winning Musical
  Eurydice
  Love Letters
  Having Our Say
  Messiah (8th Annual)
  Schoolhouse Rock!
  Always Patsy Cline
   
2008-2009 4 Guys Named Jose
  The Musical of Musicals
  Love Letters
  A Trip to Bountiful
  Messiah (7th Annual)
  The Ark
  Always Patsy Cline
   
2007-2008 Big River
  Inherit the Wind
  Crowns
  Messiah (6th Annual)
  Anne of Green Gables
  Johnny Guitar, The Musical
   
2006-2007 My Fair Lady
  Nunsense
  A Thousand Clowns
  Messiah (5th Annual)
  The Secret Garden
  Pump Boys and Dinettes
   
2005-2006 The Spitfire Grill
  Shear Luck
  All My Sons
  Messiah (4th Annual)
  Song of Singapore
  Always Patsy Cline
   
2004-2005 Man of La Mancha
  Godspell
  I Do! I Do!
  Messiah (3rd Annual)
  Father of the Bride
  Always Patsy Cline
   
2003-2004 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  Children of Eden
  Mornings at Seven
  Messiah (2nd Annual)
  The 1940's Radio Hour
  Radio Gals
   
2002-2003 Guys & Dolls
  Quilters
  Our Town
  Messiah
  Pirated Penzance
  1776
   
2001-2002 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  Anne of Green Gables
  The Odd Couple
  A Tuna Christmas
  No, No, Nanette
  State Fair
   
2000-2001 On the Twentieth Century
  You Can't Take It With You
  You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
  The Pajama Game
  Oklahoma
   
1999-2000 42nd Street
  Broadway Bound
  Nunsense II: The Second Coming
  Little Women
  An Evening With Stephen Sondheim
  How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
   
1998-1999 Carousel
  Bye Bye Birdie
  Somethings Afoot
  Damn Yankees
  She Loves Me
  Brigadoon
   
1997-1998 Encore Encore
  Two By Two
  Forever Plaid
  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  A Wonderful Life
  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
   
1996-1997 Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
  Fiddler on the Roof
  Anything Goes
  Sweet Charity
  Arsenic and Old Lace
  A Christmas Carol
  The Sound of Music
   
1995-1996 Singin' in the Rain
  Baby
  Funny Girl
  Bands of Iron, Rings of Gold
  Peter Pan
  Phantom
   
1994-1995 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  My Fair Lady
  Kiss Me Kate
  Nunsense
  Annie Get Your Gun
  Meet Me in St. Louis
  Mame
   
1993-1994 Into the Woods
  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  Gypsy
  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  Cinderella
  Guys & Dolls
   
1992-1993 The King and I
  The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan
  Paint Your Wagon
  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  Annie
  Hello Dolly
   
1991-1992 West Side Story
  Once Upon a Mattress
  Here's Love
  Happy Days are Here Again
  The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
   
1990-1991 Camelot