The beginning of the Community Theatre of Linden is actually a story of the friendship between two retired drama teachers. In August 2009, the Linden Performing Arts Center was completed, thanks to a bond measure passing in the unincorporated, rural town of Linden. The two retired friends presented a “Youth Theatre” idea that resulted in the production of “Alice In Wonderland” as the first play in the new theater. This production was supported by the Linden Arts Foundation. The young participants and their families were so pleased that it was then determined that the Linden Community was in need of additional theatrical activities.
In July 2010 the first full stage production of “Cheaper by the Dozen” was presented which earned amazing accolades from both those involved and the community. Many of the actors involved in this production showed an interest in forming a permanent, non-profit theater group. Support, in the way of seed money, was provided by the Linden Arts Foundation, thus the start of Community Theatre of Linden (CTL).
Since the inception of Community Theatre of Linden, there have been 16 main stage and 4 Children’s theatre productions, under the mission “…to provide an outlet for creative community involvement, while seeking to produce quality entertainment with the purpose to enrich, educate and entertain the community.” Through annual donors and volunteers, along with the support of the Linden community, CTL continues to grow as a non-profit organization, with the same initial goal of keeping the arts alive in Linden!