Join the Plano Children’s Theatre as they celebrate its 25th Year and Silver Anniversary this year. A Plano institution and a not-for-profit 501(c)3, the theatre was founded in 1991 when it performed its very first production of Wizard of Oz at the Grace Presbyterian Church.
With a $1,500 donation from her parents and a dream, Founder and Executive Director Sara Akers fulfilled her mother’s dying wish that she “go start that little theatre.” Today, that theatre has grown beyond Plano, with operations in McKinney, Frisco and Dallas. Plano Children’s Theatre is the fastest growing theatre in Texas.
“My theatre classes as a child helped me learn and stay focused in school, and I wanted every child to have the same opportunity ” says Sara, “When we created this vision twenty five years ago, our hope was to allow any child anywhere the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”
The Early Years
In 1992, the founding board members included Sara’s sister, Rebecca Egelston Caso, Dick Anthony, and Lanny Wren. The first spring semester saw 50 students. By the summer there were 175, and by 1994, PCT was renting rehearsal space at 15th Street and Custer.
Space was tight in the early years. Parents had to wait outside and dance number were taught out in the parking lot. As the theatre expanded, it partnered with Plano Parks and Recreation in 1995, offering acting classes for youth and adults with special needs. To this day, it has remained the leading theatre in North Texas for children with special needs.
The Plano Children’s Theatre focuses on developing the character of youth through experiential involvement in the production and performance process, and together with stage and performance skills, promotes life skills through its “10 Characters” including Teamwork, Respect, Leadership, Confidence, Discipline and Love for one another.