Sandy Doebert | Supplied photo
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:45PM
Heather Hutchison knows her way around the theater.
Besides helping to direct musicals at Lemont High School — she’s done “Chicago” and “Peter Pan” — Hutchison works at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville and is the head of programming for Artful IMPACT!, a non-profit organization.
Hutchison felt that Lemont needed to offer more in the performing arts, so in June she and several other village residents started to brainstorm about how to bring more theater to the community.
The result is The Little Mountain Community Theatre (LMCT), which will begin registration for its summer programs Sunday and Monday.
Sandy Doebert is president of the LMCT’s seven-member board of directors and the former superintendent of Lemont High School District 210. She said the idea for the theater came from those conversations with Hutchison and David Lindley, both of whom have extensive experience in community theater.
“I’ve lived in this area for 28 years, and I have a sense of the people who live here and who has those skills (for community theater),” Doebert said. “... We decided we wanted to start a theater.”
LMCT is a 501(c)3 charity, and getting the paperwork together for that important designation was one of many things on Doebert’s list of things to do.
“Then I needed money, and I’ve been beginning to solicit grants and contributions,” she said. “We’re not looking at an exact dollar figure, but we’d like to have a $30,000 balance for our programming.”
But Doebert said the biggest priority was to hire staff. Hutchison is the theater’s artistic director, Roy Nees is the building liaison and technical advisor and Kevin Tally is the business development advisor.
The LMCT’s hub of operations will be Lemont High’s Performing Arts Center, 800 Porter St. All workshops, rehearsals and productions will be held there.
“More use of the performing arts center was a dream of Sandy’s, so she and I made a wish list,” Hutchison said. “We figured we could do more with it in the summer, and with (Doebert’s) connections, it could be a reality.”
With the main production of “The Wizard of Oz” scheduled for July 18-20, Little Mountain Community Theatre will also have two workshops for children and teens this summer. Auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” will be June 2-3 with callbacks on June 5.
LMCT’s acting workshop for children in grades 2-5 is scheduled for June 16-27, and the theater technology workshop for students in grades 8-12 is also set for those days. Students in both workshops will rehearse a junior version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
Doebert said LMCT is also pairing with Artful IMPACT! for a Super Hero Camp designed for special needs children July 7-11. Registration is through Artful IMPACT!
Registration for all the theater’s upcoming programs will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lemont High School’s main entrance. For more information on upcoming programs or how to volunteer, visit www.littlemountaintheatre.org.