Show Archive

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Performances: Friday and Saturday, April 11/12 at 7:30pm
Directed by: Connie Goeken
Featuring: Barb Ambrosius, Deb Mechler, Lori Taylor, Wendy Van Tassell, Rhonda Wedeking

Spencer Community Theatre welcomes audiences to a special benefit performance of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore this weekend. Tickets are on sale now to the public for two performances of this funny and touching take on women’s lives. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play of short vignettes about women, clothes and memory, and covers all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black

This performance is a special fundraiser for Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) in Clay County. A portion of ticket proceeds support CAASA’s important work for women and families in Northwest Iowa.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is directed by Connie Goeken and includes the acting talents of five area women: Barb Ambrosius, Deb Mechler, Lori Taylor, Wendy Van Tassell and Rhonda Wedeking.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore plays Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and includes a special cheesecake and dessert reception and chance to mingle with the cast.

Tickets for this special performance are $20 and may be reserved through the SCT Box Office at (712) 262-7336.  SCT Box Office Hours for are 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11-2 Saturdays, and an hour before each performance.  The SCT Playhouse and Box Office are located at 518 1st Ave. E.                            

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is made possible with the generous sponsorship of John and Connie Goeken.

For more information please call the SCT Playhouse at (712) 262-7336 or visit us online at


Short Play Fest 2014

Performances: Workshops:
March 28, 7:30pm March 29, 10 am - 12 pm: Improvisation for the Comically Disinclined
March 29, 7:30 pm March 29, 1 pm - 3 pm: The Character and The Body
March 30, 2:00 pm March 29, 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Stage Combat for Beginners

Performance Tickets: $7
Workshops: $5
All-Festival Pass: $12
These performances are not suitable for children.

Spencer Community Theatre welcomes audiences this weekend to a quirky collection of 5 short plays. A smattering of bank robbery, a fabulous wizard, the Spanish-American war, and a tasteful cross-dresser all collide in an evening where nothing’s certain, everything’s a little strange, and there’s sure to be a brand new story in ten minutes or less.

Directed by Cara Gerlock, Kylan Ranslow, Kella Klinker-Simonin, and Matt Brandenberg, these five plays include pieces by award winning playwrights Will Eno and Christopher Durang as well as beautiful short pieces by new playwrights. The event is casual, and tickets for the entire evening of performances are $7.

The Ballad of 423 & 424 by Nicholas C. Pappas, Directed by Cara Gerlock
In a series of snapshots of the daily interaction of two neighbors, this romantic comedy follows the painfully introverted writer Roderick as he struggles to connect with his sunny next-door neighbor.  Romantic Comedy
The Bully Composition by Will Eno, Directed by Kylan Ranslow
Become part of a historical recreation when a photographer and an assistant put you right inside the picture in this thought-provoking comedy.  Abstract Comedy

The Dungeons and the Dragons by Kyle John Schmidt, Directed by Cara Gerlock
An elf, a warrior and a wizard battle an evil necromancer in an enchanted village . . . while their real-life counterparts face other battles as teenagers in rural America.  Dark Comedy
Naomi in the Living Room by Christopher Durang, Directed by Matt Brandenberg
Naomi, a woman with a BIG personality and very particular ideas about housekeeping takes her eccentric son and troubled daughter-in-law on a whirlwind emotional journey through the living room.  Dark Comedy
Welcome to Acceptance by Terryl Paiste, Directed by Kella Klinker-Simonin
In this comedy with an unexpected ending, a career bank robber meets a bank teller who will not be robbed again.  Comedy

The Short Play Festival also includes three workshops on Saturday, March 29. 

SCT is proud to present “Improvisation for the Comically Disinclined” from 10 a.m. until noon, led by SCT Managing Artistic Director Evan Hilsabeck.  This workshop, suitable for actors and non-actors alike, will explore the basic improvisation techniques that underpin everything from Whose Line is it Anyway to Saturday Night Live.

The second workshop, led by seasoned theatre practitioner Marta Barnard, will explore character development through physicality—yoga, psychological gesture, and movement.  Barnard, who brings a wealth of experience to her workshops, has acted with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Germinal Stage.

The basics of stage combat will be explored during the third and final workshop, which runs from 3:15- 5:15.  Cara Gerlock, who has training in both stage combat and fight choreography, will teach workshop participants the techniques of safe stage combat.  Participants will explore how to safely stage and implement unarmed stage combat techniques as well as the basics of swordplay.  This workshop is ideal for both actors and directors. 

Participants of all workshops are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing which allows freedom of movement. Each workshop costs $5 at the door, or free admittance with a Short Play Festival pass. Workshops are open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. 

Bold Briefs: A Short Play Festival opens Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.  Performances also run Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 and Sunday, March 30 at 2pm. All performances are general admission and tickets are $7. These performances contain adult themes and are not suitable for children. For more information please call the SCT Playhouse at (712) 262-7336 or visit us online at

The Pajama Game

Auditions: Monday and Tuesday December 16/17 at 7:00pm
Rehearsals begin: January 6th, 2014 at 6:30pm
Performances: February 28, March 1-2, 7-9, 14-15, 2014
Directed by: Michele and Dan Mayes

The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. 

Bright and brassy, this unconventional, fast-paced Broadway favorite is every bit the embodiment of legendary director George Abbot at his very best. The energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross is brimming with songs and dances, which have become popular and musical theatre standards (among them "Hey There," "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway") and features plenty of splashy, fun production numbers, including a comic "dream ballet." For solid, classic musical comedy, it's hard to beat The Pajama Game!


Cast List

Babe:                                                   Karli Martin
Sid:                                                      TBA
Hines:                                                  Joren Kinnetz
Gladys:                                                 Bethany Matthias
Prez:                                                    Mark Joenks
Mabel:                                                  Rosie Shaughnessy
Hassler:                                               Matt Brandenberg
Mae:                                                    Myra Currans-Partridge
Poopsie:                                               Kristina Knisley
Brenda:                                                Suzanne Von Seggern
Pop/Waiter/2nd Helper:                           Steve Deutsch
First Helper/Pat/3rd Male/3rd Boy:             Braden FallinE
Joe/1st Male/1st Boy:                              Kylan Ranslow
Max/2nd Male/2nd Boy:                           TBA
Charley/Anderson:                                TBA
Rita/Sandra/Doris:                                Jane Jans
Virginia/Carmen:                                  Dori Lane
Mara/Charlene:                                    Pam Galm
Mary/Sara/Ann:                                    Courtney Upah

Thanks to everyone who auditioned! Read-Through for The Pajama Game will be Monday, January 6 at 7:00pm. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your role. Congratulations!









The 39 Steps


April 25, 26 at 7:30pm
April 27 at 2:00pm
May 2, 3 at 7:30pm
May 4 at 2:00pm

Sponsored by: Eaton Corporation
Directed by: Evan Hilsabeck

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure! The 39 Steps, was Broadway's longest running comedy, and played its 500th performance on Broadway, May 19th, 2009!

The 39 Steps - Cast List

Richard Hannay……………………………….Erik Beardshear
Anabella/Margaret/Pamela…………...Karli Martin
Clown 1…………………………………………..Barbara Wilcox
Clown 2…………………………………………..Braden Falline  


Escanaba in Da Moonlight


Performances: Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 2013.
Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Tickets on Sale: Nov. 18th for Contributing Members, Nov. 21 for Season Ticket Holders, and Nov. 25 for General Public

Directed by: Marc and Sofia Benedict

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in Da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

Cast List

Albert Soady.....Dave Jacobsen

Reuben Soady.....Jared Gerlock                         

Remnar Soady.....Braden Falline

The Jimmer.....Mark Joenks

Ranger Tom.....Brent Berends

Wolf Moon Dance.....Michele Mayes


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Spencer Community Theatre is a magical place where performers, patrons, and volunteers are transformed by the creative experience. SCT encourages multi-generational and diverse participation in the artistic process. We are inspired by your past, proud of our present, and anticipate our future as a vibrant pillar of the cultural life of our community.

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Spencer Community Theatre serves as an instrument for community enrichment and education by offering the public the most fulfilling live theatre experience possible.

Spencer Community Theatre's programs are made possible in part by grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Leadership Partners, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Renaissance Initiative Grant, Clay County Community Foundation, the Basil and Mildred Deegan Children's Theatre Endowment, and the Dvergsten Family Foundation. 



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