North Country Community Theatre Inc. began in the summer of 1973, organized by Founding Director Eric Alan Jones and other theater enthusiasts. Our purpose then was as it is now: to produce quality community theater while providing Upper Valley residents with the opportunity to take part in all aspects of a theatrical production.
Since our very first production, The Music Man, we have presented not only summer musicals, but also children’s theater, one acts, touring shows, dinner theater, melodramas, comedies, mysteries, original reviews, and even a world premiere musical (Potter’s Notch).
In 1994 NCCT expanded its activities with a very successful annual musical production for teenagers. More than 60 students from all area schools and towns participate in each year’s production. In recognition of the tremendous energy, commitment, and talent of Upper Valley youth, NCCT has established two annual scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors pursuing their studies in theatrical or musical arts. The scholarships are named for Hetty Thomae, whose vision, energy, patience, and perseverance helped insure the success of the NCCT Teen productions, and Ellen Wilber, who was the Music Director for the Teen shows for 18 years.
In 2011 our White River Junction space, shared with Opera North and Revels, was flooded by Hurricane Irene. We subsequently moved whatever we could salvage to downtown Lebanon, NH where we were conveniently located near the Lebanon Opera House. In early 2023 we moved again when mold in our space, partly due to having been closed up during Covid, made it impossible to remain. We are currently located only a mile or so away from LOH on Old Etna Road.
NCCT will always be grateful to the hundreds of people who have contributed their time, enthusiasm, energy, talent, and financial support over the years – without them we would not exist. To the casts, crews, productions staff, orchestras, and audiences – we are indebted to you and proud that we are all united by our shared love of the stage.
“The objectives for which this corporation is established are the promotion of education and the arts by the offering of an opportunity for members of the community to participate in quality theatrical productions, and all other activities exclusively calculated to further this objective.”