How Kensington Theatre Company was created is a really cool community story!
It began back in 2007 when Toni Butler approached the Daybreak Community Council to put on The Wizard of Oz. They agreed and it was a tremendous success involving over 200 community members and performed to sold out audiences! The community thirsted for more… so Toni and the adults in The Wizard of Oz formed Daybreak Community Theatre, an independent community theatre. South Jordan City wrapped its arms around our company and encouraged a name change to reflect the entire community our company served. So, we became South Jordan Community Theatre and opened our first season with Peter Pan!
After six seasons, we have come to another excited turning point in our organization! We will now be known as Kensington Theatre Company! Kensington Gardens is where Peter Pan also began his adventures. His mantra “I am youth, I am joy, I am freedom!” is also what we at KTC also celebrate. So, Kensington became a natural and charismatic fit for us! This change in name for our seventh season also marks the first production we will produce in the new theatre at ELA (opening Fall 2015!).
We are very young, but very ambitious and driven by our talented community. Be sure to keep your eye on our theatre company; a company that continues to exceed everyone’s expectations of community theatre!
While we are called Kensington Theatre Company, Daybreak Community Theatre is still our parent company name.
My favorite part of directing a play is the curtain call. That is why I love our logo for KTC; it is a curtain call with people of different ages and sizes, holding hands, united in one amazing experience: Theatre! Our casts go away with a new family that they will always be tied to. Theatre is more than entertainment. It truly builds character and community in a way that is seldom matched.
Toni Butler, President, Kensington Theatre Company
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