As we offer Center Stage’s 32nd production, it is with deep appreciation that we remember all of those who have used their God-given creativity, talent and artistry to present drama and performing arts at Southport Presbyterian Church.

Our current drama ministry, Center Stage Productions (CSP), is a beneficiary of the energy and devotion of all those – too numerous to name -- who have produced and presented programs through Prologue Players, Readers Theater, Madrigal Dinners, Agape Feasts, Bethlehem Inn and various choir musicals and cantatas. Even Noah (1979) in which the congregation members participated, is a CSP “ancestor.” We hold special memories of Barbara Kane, former Minister of Music and Fine Arts and Clint Thelander, set designer, constructor and benefactor extraordinaire.

In 1998, the SPC drama group reorganized as Center Stage Productions and expanded its scope to include community members. Plays of many categories have been presented, including dramas such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Miracle Worker; comedies such as Steel Magnolias and You Can’t Take It With You; mysteries such as Hound of the Baskervilles and Mousetrap; musicals such as Godspell and Quilters; and for children Tom Sawyer and Snow White.

The 2008-09 season began in the fall with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Lannae Gordon. An Evening of Carol Burnett & Friends is our spring play, directed by Carol Wharton. We will conclude the season in August with Pride and Prejudice, directed by Teri Dunbar.

We encourage anyone with an interest in theater to join us onstage or to help behind the scenes. Stage experience is not required. On-the-job training is always available. Questions? Call the church office at 534-2900 and leave a message for Center Stage Productions.

The Mission Statement of Center Stage Productions

Provide an outreach to the Community through the production of quality
dramatic arts.

Enable those with theatrical interests to develop their Skills and talents.

Encourage a Positive Christ-centered atmosphere where all are accepted
and loved.