The Family Children’s Theatre was established to strengthen the self-worth and poise of each individual and to build bridges that unify the creative energies and resources of all people. Its main goals include the following:
In 1995 the FLAG, a former downtown movie theatre, was purchased and for the first time in its history, the Family Children's Theatre had a home. Soon their season grew to six productions a year in addition to some monthly melodramas. And now the theatre produces eight shows a year. The facility is also available as a rental facility serving other performing artists and businesses throughout the community.
Some unique marketing plans of the FLAG include its "walk of fame", the original "paint your face into history" murals within, and its charity auctions.In 2006 the FLAG was honored with a Governor's Award of Excellence. A partnership was struck with Hutchinson Community College to host a Summer Performing Arts Academy and there have been programs to foster the writing and the presentation of original plays on the FLAG stage.
The Family/ Children's Theatre and the FLAG continue to welcome all from throughout the region, both as patron, sponsor, and participant, regardless of age, race, socioeconomics, or experience. It continues its commitment to the best of quality, family oriented programming and commitment to community.In 2012, as the organization began its 24th year, the board of directors updated the name of the organization to Family Community Theatre. After the board reflected on the schedule of shows and activities its sponsors and the people who volunteer their time and talent to make those playes and events come to life, they saw that the theatre serves all ages.
The FCT is a multi-generational community committed to creating quality, family friendly productions. The name Family Community Theatre more accurately communicates who it is as a theatre company today and eliminates any potential confusion for volunteers, actors and audience members.The Family Community Theatre, as it is known today because it is a regional, rather than a city, is a non-profit educational/arts organization. It was established to strengthen the self-worth and poise of each individual and to build bridges that unify the creative energies and resources of all people. Our Mission is:
We are a non-profit community organization that promotes and inspires personal and family growth by providing educational and creative opportunities through quality theatrical arts
The values upon which the theatre operates include the following:
- Creating family friendly educational activities and stage shows that enhances our quality of life and connects people of diverse backgrounds
- Unifying the creative energies and resources of the community to elevate their enjoyment of life.
- Providing a safe and inviting environment for education and personal growth.
- Offering opportunities that inspire creativity.