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In 1991 Boerne resident Deloris Littlejohn took steps to charter a nonprofit community theatre under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Littlejohn consulted with Enid Holm of Texas Nonprofit Theatres; Zada Janzen, founder of S.T.A.G.E. Theatre in Bulverde; and Steven Stoli, owner of a theatre in San Antonio. Littlejohn, Jack Simmons, Mike Arthur, Marsha Slocomb, Ed Martin, John Ebner and Andy Hix made up the theatre’s first board of directors. Hix, an attorney, drew up the papers for incorporation as BACC-Door Theatre and for the organization’s nonprofit status. The board also developed bylaws and a mission statement.
The new theatre’s name recognized the Boerne Area Community Center, which was its first playhouse.
The primary purposes of the organization were to provide a vehicle for the education, production and development of performing arts, including dramatic, musical and related cultural productions, and to encourage community participation in all aspects of its activities.
BACC-Door Theatre’s first production was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Roy Stewart and choreographed by Le Jones.
From 1991 to 1997 the BACC-Door Theatre produced at least one show a year. In addition to fulfilling its chartered purpose, the theatre promoted activity in the community center and supported the center through fees paid for its use.
With a growing list of regular patrons from San Antonio, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Bandera, Ingram and New Braunfels, the theatre’s board of directors in the spring of 1997 sought a new location that would be available exclusively for the theatre’s use. That dream was realized when Jerry and Shirley Rittimann made part of the building at 809 North Main Street an option. Volunteers converted a dress shop into a performance space with seating for 50 people.The Board of Directors changed the organization’s name to Back Door Theatre and planned a five-show season for September 1997-August 1998, with season ticket sales. Each show had eight performances over three weekends.
In 1999 Back Door Theatre received a $10,000 grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation to develop a strategic plan. Key elements of that plan were to increase outreach to the community and to purchase or build a larger playhouse to meet the resulting audience growth.
In late 2002 the Governing Board again revised the bylaws and agreed to update its strategic plan in early 2003. The board also voted to change the name of Back Door Theatre to Boerne Community Theatre. The group thought the new name better reflected the organization’s nature.
In the fall of 2003, the theatre established a new group, the Teen Troupe. It consisted of middle-and high-school students advised by Sheldon Boyce, drama teacher at Boerne Middle School North. The teens had responsibility for all aspects of production: directing, casting, locating props, costumes and set pieces, and publicity. The troupe mounted four productions in its first year: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Gift of the Magi, Rehearsal for Murder and Barefoot in the Park.
In early 2005 the board named former board member Patty Loftis to the unpaid position of artistic director. Later in the year she replaced Tracy Littlejohn as business manager. The board combined the artistic director and business manager positions under the title executive director and again funded the position, with Patty Loftis in place.
In November 2005 the theatre’s governing board learned that a larger facility, the Oneighty Club on Blanco Road, was for sale. The board received permission from Mike Loftis to sell the 2.6 acre property he had donated and use the proceeds as down payment on the new property. The board renewed the capital campaign with President Carol Bidus as chairman. The campaign received donations from the Kronkosky Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and other significant sources. The theatre “sold” new chairs for $1,000 donations.
The theatre used those funds to renovate the facility in 2006 and 2007. BCT moved from the North Main Street space to the new theatre at 907 E. Blanco Road in March 2007. The first season production in the renovated playhouse was Light in the Tunnel. The larger facility enabled the theatre to expand its offerings in its 2007-2008 season. In addition to five season productions and the traditional holiday offering of A Christmas Carol, the schedule included two Teen Troupe productions, a spring special and three sessions of its drama camp. One of the camp sessions took place at the Geneva School in Boerne.
The theatre’s increased business necessitated the creation of a second part-time paid position, box office manager. Board member Patricia Hausman was hired. The Teen Troupe’s resurgence took place under the leadership of Hausman, a former drama teacher. She reorganized the group, which grew to more than 30 middle- and high-school students. In 2009 the teens for the first time attended the Texas Nonprofit Theatres youth conference. They attended again in 2010. In 2009 Hausman was designated BCT youth director. In that capacity she oversaw the drama camp as well as the Teen Troupe.
The theatre had a fundraising Mardi Gras gala in February 2008 at the Boerne Vistro. The event included dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the BCT Singers. The event was successful and became an annual tradition and a significant fundraiser.
Fundraising has continued to be very important to sustain BCT’s programs. After several years hosting a Mardi-gras themed event, the theatre began a fall event with the Hill Country’s Got Talent. Beginning at Kronkosky Place, it moved to the Burdick Community Center and is now looking to expand to larger venues. The 2020 pandemic forced a postponement and the next event is now planned for October, 2021. A variety of competitors, aged 11 to 80ish, have participated. Cash prizes have been awarded; celebrity judges have been engaged (including Cheryl Ladd, Susan Howard, Cleto Rodriguez among them).