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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

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Thanks 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
Artistic/Executive Director

History

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South 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.

2022-2023In the Heights
 Harvey
 The 39 Steps
Five Carols
Amahl and the Night Visitors & A Christmas Carol
 Dead Certain
 Disenchanted
2021-2022Head over Heels
 Noises Off
 Five Carols
 The Rocky Horror Show
  
2019-2020The Producers (Cancelled)
 To Kill a Mockingbird (Cancelled)
 The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
 Amahl and the Night Visitors & A Christmas Carol
 Curtains
 A Wall Apart
  
2018-2019West Side Story
 To Kill a Mockingbird (Cancelled)
 First Date
 Dee Dee Darby-Duffin
 Baby Boomer Comedy Show
 Amahl and the Night Visitors & A Christmas Carol
 The Rocky Horror Show
 The Marvelous Wonderettes
  
2017-2018Spamalot
 A View from the Bridge
 The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
 Lark & Spur
 Dee Dee Darby-Duffin
 Amahl and the Night Visitors & A Christmas Carol
 Perdida
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2016-2017Hairspray
 A Streetcar Named Desire
 The Comedy of Errors
 Dee Dee Darby-Duffin
 Erica Hansen
 Amahl and the Night Visitors
 Jekyll & Hyde
  
2015-2016The Full Monty
 Picnic
 The Last Five Years
 And I’m Feeling Good
 Baby Boomer Comedy Show
 Young Frankenstein
 Forever Plaid
  
2014-2015Always 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
  
2013-2014Rings
 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
  
2012-2013La 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
  
2011-2012Xanadu
 The Crucible
 Miss Evers’ Boys
 Messiah (10th Annual)
 The Wizard of Oz
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2010-2011Urinetown
 The Marvelous Wonderettes
 The Glass Menagerie
 Messiah (9th Annual)
 Oliver!
  
2009-2010I Am Jane
 Bingo! The Winning Musical
 Eurydice
 Love Letters
 Having Our Say
 Messiah (8th Annual)
 Schoolhouse Rock!
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2008-20094 Guys Named Jose
 The Musical of Musicals
 Love Letters
 A Trip to Bountiful
 Messiah (7th Annual)
 The Ark
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2007-2008Big River
 Inherit the Wind
 Crowns
 Messiah (6th Annual)
 Anne of Green Gables
 Johnny Guitar, The Musical
  
2006-2007My Fair Lady
 Nunsense
 A Thousand Clowns
 Messiah (5th Annual)
 The Secret Garden
 Pump Boys and Dinettes
  
2005-2006The Spitfire Grill
 Shear Luck
 All My Sons
 Messiah (4th Annual)
 Song of Singapore
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2004-2005Man of La Mancha
 Godspell
 I Do! I Do!
 Messiah (3rd Annual)
 Father of the Bride
 Always Patsy Cline
  
2003-2004A 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
  
2002-2003Guys & Dolls
 Quilters
 Our Town
 Messiah
 Pirated Penzance
 1776
  
2001-2002Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 Anne of Green Gables
 The Odd Couple
 A Tuna Christmas
 No, No, Nanette
 State Fair
  
2000-2001On the Twentieth Century
 You Can’t Take It With You
 You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
 The Pajama Game
 Oklahoma
  
1999-200042nd Street
 Broadway Bound
 Nunsense II: The Second Coming
 Little Women
 An Evening With Stephen Sondheim
 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  
1998-1999Carousel
 Bye Bye Birdie
 Somethings Afoot
 Damn Yankees
 She Loves Me
 Brigadoon
  
1997-1998Encore Encore
 Two By Two
 Forever Plaid
 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 A Wonderful Life
 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  
1996-1997Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
 Fiddler on the Roof
 Anything Goes
 Sweet Charity
 Arsenic and Old Lace
 A Christmas Carol
 The Sound of Music
  
1995-1996Singin’ in the Rain
 Baby
 Funny Girl
 Bands of Iron, Rings of Gold
 Peter Pan
 Phantom
  
1994-1995Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 My Fair Lady
 Kiss Me Kate
 Nunsense
 Annie Get Your Gun
 Meet Me in St. Louis
 Mame
  
1993-1994Into the Woods
 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 Gypsy
 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 Cinderella
 Guys & Dolls
  
1992-1993The King and I
 The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan
 Paint Your Wagon
 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 Annie
 Hello Dolly
  
1991-1992West Side Story
 Once Upon a Mattress
 Here’s Love
 Happy Days are Here Again
 The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
  
1990-1991Camelot