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 seven seasons, we moved into an exciting new theatre! We are also changed our name to 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 Kensington Theatre also celebrate. So, Kensington became a natural and charismatic fit for us! This change in name for our seventh season also marked the first production we produced in the new theatre at Early Light Academy.
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 Kensington Theatre; 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.
Board of Directors:
- President/Artistic DirectorToni Butler
- Vice President/TechnicalRental SupportJon Kroff
- Treasurer/AccountantPaul Butler
- Secretary/Box Office ManagerCandice Kugler
- Marketing DirectorChris Merrill
- Grant WriterAndrew Hackman
- Orchestra DirectorMichelle Willis
Jill Bearden, Director of Improvnators/Publicity
Mike Bearden, Publicity/Sound
Logan Bingham, Kensington Players/Kensington Singers
Bryce Bodily, Master Carpenter
Sue Ann Bodily, Costumes/Box Office
Kimberly Bradstreet, Box Office/Producer
Katie Brown, Dramaturg/Writer
Mary Lee Hackman, Concessions
Shannon Hale, Writer
Monica Hambleton, Sponorship Sales
Bret Ivory, Art Director
Cassandra Kerr, Kensington Players
Jen Kroff, Education/Music Direction/Choreography
Lisa Means, Choreography/Producer
Angela Merrill, Concessions/Costumes
Chris Mower, Webmaster
Brooke Pugmire, Ushering
Paul Pugmire, Political Advisor
Kevin Quaderer, Social Media/Marketing
Dallin Remund, Kensington Players
Theresa Sanford, Costumer
Andrea Scott, Publicity
LaRae Schaefer, Ushering/Concessions
Erin Walker, Education/Music Direction
Kristen Warden, Producer
Check out these videos to see why Kensington Theatre is pretty much the greatest thing since stadium seating (which our new theatre has!!):