The Saint Lucie Community Theatre, founded in 1973, celebrated it’s 40th anniversary season just recently, but its roots go far beyond that, having been first conceived by our own Wilma Cowles and established in St. Lucie County in 1949 under the auspices of the Woman’s Club of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County’s oldest civic and cultural organization. Under that sponsorship, the organization, called The Dolphin Players, flourished for several years, performing at the Woman’s Club, at Fort Pierce Elementary School, and various other locations. Eventually, expenses overtook revenue and the theatre suspended operations for a time, but after a short hiatus the hard core of would-be thespians regrouped as The Fort Pierce Little Theatre and was in business again. Rehearsing in garages, upstairs over Warren’s Laundry, in the Historic Arcade Building where it survived a devastating fire, performing in Fort Pierce Central High School, where vandalism was a problem at the time, and in Indian River Community College’s Student Center on a home-made 7,000-pound portable stage, where the set had to be dismantled after each night’s performance and reassembled before each show. However, the troupe never lost its spirit.
In the meantime, there was an influx of new talent melding with the old–The Ferrara Family came to town, there were Mike and Helen Armstrong, Bill and Jane Braun, John and Diane Procino, the Tabors, Joanne Carlton Humphries, Pete and Claudia McDonald, Audrey Zeitz, John and Gail Luchka, and the Port Saint Lucie Players–most of them are still with us.
And in 1973 we re-incorporated as Saint Lucie Community Theatre. Board Members were Fred Ferrara, John Procino, Wilma Cowles, Horty Selkin, Kathy Hammond, Rosalyn Savel, Floyd Bell, Benny Thyrant, Berniece Ribakoff and Dr. Vincent Molina.
We were off and running. We christened McAlpin Fine Arts Center at IRCC with our production of “Bell, Book and Candle,” and had high hopes of making that our base of operations, but that hope was short lived as the College’s own schedule forced us out–a blessing in disguise for it forced us into seeking a permanent home of our own. Pineapple Playhouse at 700 W. Weatherbee Road is that place we are proud to call home, the place where we present our annual schedule of five main stage productions, our very successful Children’s Summer Camp productions, our Reader’s Theatre programs and other special events and fundraisers; the place where we spend hours in work parties and enjoying gala picnics and fun get- togethers.
We look forward to a successful 2016-2017 season, welcoming new friends, discovering new talent and recruiting new volunteers. Come join us and be part of our theatre family.
St. Lucie Community Theatre ~Pineapple Playhouse is a charitable organization registered under s.496.405Florida Department of Ag. and Consumer Services. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state.