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Newton Community Theatre
1701 S. 8th Ave. E., Newton, Iowa 50208
(641) 792-1230
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From I-80 eastbound (Des Moines area):

  • Take exit 164 – go 0.3 mi
  • Take right onto IA-14 S (US-6 E) – go 0.4 mi
  • Turn right on S. 12th Ave. W – go 0.5 mi
  • Continue on W. 12th St. S. – go 0.2 mi
  • Turn right on S. 8th Ave. W. – go 1.8 mi
  • Arrive at 1701 S. 8th Ave E., on the right
  • Front entrance of building leads to both theatre and YMCA. NCT box office is on the right.

From I-80 westbound (Iowa City area):

  • Take exit 168 – go 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto E. 44th St. S. – 246 feet
  • Continue on SE Beltline Dr. – 0.6 mi
  • Turn left at S. 13th Ave. E. – 1.0 mi
  • Turn right at E. 19th St. S. – 0.3 mi
  • Turn left at S. 8th Ave. E. – 0.2 mi
  • Arrive at 1701 S. 8th Ave E., on the left
  • Front entrance of building leads to both theatre and YMCA. NCT box office is on the right.

 NCT History

In 1961, a group of women interested in theatre formed the Drama Department of the Newton Women's Club. In the spring of 1962, they produced a short religious play called “Promise of the Angels” for the women's club general meeting. The play was directed by Ann Krumm and the cast members were Liz Jones, Linda Campbell, Joy Faust, Louise Lasche and Laura Owens. In the spring of 1963, they decided to produce the play again and make it available to various groups for spring meetings. The money earned was put towards the beginnings of a community theatre. The play was staged about seven times, directed by Frances Murray and with Mary Wilson substituting for Joy Foust, and raised more than $100. This money was used to send letters to people who might be interested in forming a community theatre group. – Newton Daily News 

Mission Statement

The Newton Community Theatre exists to bring quality theatre productions to the communities of Jasper County, sharing our talents and resources to make our theatre a rewarding and educational experience for all. – July 10, 2001 board meeting minutes

Audition Policy 

It is the policy of the Newton Community Theatre, Inc. to cast regardless of race, color or disability. Determined by the quality of the auditions, the director will cast the best choice for each role after everyone had the opportunity to audition. If invited to audition by a director, this does not guarantee that you will be cast. The Newton Community Theatre, Inc. does not pre-cast roles unless announced on the audition notice. In addition, on occasion, a cast might be expanded to accommodate a large turnout of performers. If after auditions the director believes that a particular role cannot be cast satisfactorily, other actors may be contacted for a second audition. – April 19, 1994 board meeting minutes 

Board of Directors and Officer Designations 

2016-2017
Julie Laube: President
Harvey Olsthoorn: Past-President
Frank Sposeto: Vice-President
Mel Wilson: Secretary
Sue Beukema: Treasurer / Administrator / Costumes
Scott Schaeffer:  Website
Zach Bey
Pauline Hesson
Debbie LaShomb
Mark Monroe
Mike Myers
Mary Thompson
Carolyn Warrick
Janet Wiand

Jenn Beukema: Social Media / Website
Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Julie Goodman: Historian
Cindy Healy: Make-up
Sharon Jolley: Box Office
Ruth Kelly:  Box Office
Kristine Perkins, Posters
Gerard Schwickerath:  Chamber Ambassador


2015-2016
Harvey Olsthoorn: President, Website
Scott Schaeffer: Past President / Website
Kent Leckband: Vice-President
Mel Wilson: Secretary
Sue Beukema: Treasurer / Administrator / Costumes
John Dougan
Pauline Hessen
Debbie LaShomb
Julie Laube
Mark Monroe
Frank Sposeto
Mary Thompson
Greta Wallace
Carolyn Warrick

Jenn Beukema:  Social Media / Website
Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Julie Goodman: Historian
Cindy Healy: Make-up
Sharon Jolley: Box Office
Ruth Kelly:  Box Office
Kristine Perkins:  Posters
Gerard Schwickerath:  Chamber Ambassador


2014-2015
Scott Schaeffer: President / Website
Dan Schlup: Past President
Kent Leckband: Vice-President
Mel Wilson: Secretary
Sue Beukema: Treasurer / Administrator / Costumes
Steve Barnett
John Dougan
Julie Laube
Mark Monroe
Harvey Olsthoorn
Kristine Perkins:  Posters
Ellen Schumann
Greta Wallace

Jenn Beukema: Social Media / Website
Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Julie Goodman: Historian
Cindy Healy: Make-up
Sharon Jolley: Box Office
Ruth Kelly:  Box Office
Gerard Schwickerath:  Chamber Ambassador


2013-2014
Dan Schlup: President
Scott Schaeffer: Past President, Website / Graphics
Steve Barnett: Vice-President
Sue Beukema: Treasurer / Administrator / Costumes
Mel Wilson: Secretary
Lonnie Appleby
John Dougan
Kent Leckband
Emigdio Lopez-Sanders
Harvey Olsthoorn
Kristine Perkins
Ellen Schumann
Mary Thompson
Greta Wallace

Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Ruth Kelly:  Box Office
Gerard Schwickerath:  Chamber Ambassador
Cindy Healy:  Makeup


2012 - 2013
Scott Schaeffer:  President
, Stage & Set, Website/Graphics
John Dougan:  Past President, Facility
Pam Ratliff:  Vice-President, Supplies
Sue Beukema:  Treasurer, Administrator, Costumes
Skye Westendorf:  Secretary, Playbills, Photographer
Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Ruth Kelly:  Box Office
Gerard Schwickerath:  Chamber Ambassador
Robin Stoner:  Historian
Steve Barnett:  Technical
Cindy Healy:  Makeup
Lonnie Appleby:  Properties
Mary Thompson:  Properties
Emigdio Lopez-Sanders:  Website/Graphics
Mel Wilson:  Green Room
Dan Schlup:  Stage & Set
Kristine Perkins:  Website/Graphics



2011 - 2012
John Dougan:  President, Facility
Mel Wilson:  Past President, Green Room
Scott Schaeffer:  Vice President, Stage & Set, Website/Graphics
Sue Beukema:  Treasurer, Administrator, Costumes
Skye Westendorf:  Secretary, Technical, Playbills
Bobbette Palmer:  Historian
Rachel Faidley:  Costumes
Tammy Sposeto:  Website/Graphics, Poster Distribution
Pam Ratliff:  Supplies
Robin Stoner:  Makeup
Lonnie Appleby:  Properties
Steve Kohtz:  Photographer
Emigdio Lopez-Sanders:  Website/Graphics
Mary Thompson:  Properties


2010 - 2011
Mel Wilson:  President, Green Room
Lonnie Appleby:  Past President
John Dougan:  Vice President, Facility
Scott Schaeffer:  Stage & Set
Sue Beukema:  Treasurer, Administrator, Costumes
Skye Westendorf:  Secretary, Technical, Playbills
Bobbette Palmer:  Properties
Judy Richmond:  Historian
Rachel Faidley:  Costumes
Wanda Blount:  Season Tickets
Tammy Sposeto:  Poster Distribution
Pam Ratliff:  Supplies
Robin Stoner:  Makeup
Stephanie Alexander:  Website/Graphics


2009 - 2010
Lonnie Appleby, President
Stephanie Alexander, Secretary
Sue Beukema, Treasurer
Tammy Bainbridge
John Dougan
Keri Downs
Rachel Faidley
Dave Miller
Bobbette Palmer
Judy Richmond
Gerard Schwickerath
Cathi Wickett
Mel Wilson