The history of the Shade Tree Players
The Shade Tree Players was organized in 1970 by Sister Barbara Ann Gehrki, University of Mary, and Lee Nagel, a local educator. Their purpose was to establish a children's theater where the acting would be done by children.
In 1991, Shade Tree Players merged with Dakota Stage, Ltd. This merger provided the Shade Tree Players with a home, storage, administrative support, theatrical advice and counsel.
- Shade Tree Players began as the Priory Community Center Children's Theatre
- The first travelling troupe was called Street Theatre
- In 1971, the name was changed to Children's Community Theatre
- In 1972, the name Shade Tree Players was adopted
- In 1991, Shade Tree Players merged with Dakota Stage Ltd.
- Shade Tree Players is managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, composed largely of parents
- Since its inception, STP has produced at least one major production each summer
Participation in Shade Tree Players is more than a summer activity. The lessons and skills learned and aquired will prove invaluable to these young people throughout their lives.
Performing with others in a play fosters team spirit, encourages clear enunciation, removes the fear of standing in front of an audience, promotes poise in dealing with a variety of situations, and instills professionalism, responsibility, commitment and discipline.
These attributes, while integral in producing a play, translate into every vocation later in life. Participation in Shade Tree Players helps prepare these thespians for future careers and does it while they are having fun!