Name: Steve Herr, Pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Position: Treasurer, GCT Board of Directors
I serve as the Treasurer of the GCT board of Directors and have served on the board of directors since 2010. It has been an honor to serve with so many talented board members over the years and I appreciate the gifts they bring to the work of the board.
I support Gettysburg Community Theatre because of the people and opportunities the productions provide for our community. GCT gives artists of all ages opportunities to grow and develop their talents. It offers quality live entertainment for our community with shows that make us laugh, cry, and think. The theatre brings people of diverse backgrounds together to work towards a common goal. Since its first few months in existence our family has participated in the Gettysburg Community Theatre. Our lives have been enriched as a result of the experience and we have lasting friendships because of our involvement at GCT.
I have many favorites for a variety of reasons. A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol enabled us to be on stage as a family. I love Christmas and these shows deepened my celebration of the season and brought Christmas joy and cheer to others. Big River, with its large cast, powerful message, and opportunity to perform on the stage at Gettysburg College’s Kline Theater all made for a most meaningful and memorable experience. Fantasticks, a more intimate show with its smaller cast, was a favorite to participate in with my wife, Jill.
At GCT children and youth can experience a safe environment to develop important life skills of public speaking, working with a team towards a common purpose, and learning to take risks. Youth and adults learn how to become comfortable interacting with multi-generations. Children can explore their imaginations. No matter what path youth take or career they embark upon in their life, their experience with GCT helps them appreciate the importance of the arts in our culture and society. Furthermore, they see the value of a theatre of the community, by the community, and for the community.
The addition of the Penguin Project over the last few years has been one of the highlights for the theatre. It has broadened the theatre’s ability to serve the Gettysburg community and many other communities. The project helps forge friendships and connections between actors with special needs and their mentors that are meaningful and life-giving.
I am delighted to congratulate GCT on its tenth season. It has been a wonderful, challenging, and exciting journey. Thank you to all the people who have helped make GCT a reality and bring it to this point that we can celebrate 10 years. It truly has taken a community of people of all ages to keep the theatre moving forward into the future. Congratulations to Founding Executive and Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr whose passion for the arts and energy have been at the center of this endeavor. Beginning with those whose vision established a community theater in Gettysburg in 2009 through those currently preparing to perform in productions, Gettysburg Community Theatre has been fortunate to have a wide array of people dedicated to offering a place where this community can gather to produce, perform, and experience live theater. Happy 10th Anniversary seasons GCT and may there be many more to come!