The Kent County Theatre Guild has been providing quality theater to the central Delaware community since 1953. We currently present four shows each season--September through May. Our 100-seat auditorium, the Patchwork Playhouse, provides every patron an excellent view of our elevated stage. The intimacy of a small theater makes each audience member feel part of the production, which we feel is an important part of community theater. This intimacy adds to the fun when we present plays that involve the audience in the action.
We welcome anyone interested in participating in or learning about theatrical presentation to become a member. Our members are all volunteers who handle everything from governance and building maintenance to set construction, acting and directing.
If your interest is in performing, check the calendar on our home page for audition notices. If you prefer attending shows to being in them, you might wish to become a season subscriber.
All of our shows are performed at our own theater, the Patchwork Playhouse. The street address is 140 Roosevelt Avenue, Dover, DE 19903. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a message at (302) 674-3568 and we'll follow up. Our mailing address is PO Box 783, Dover, DE 19903-0783.
The Kent County Theatre Guild was established and incorporated as a foundation in 1953. The foundation's bylaws created a Board of Trustees to manage the "property, affairs, and business of the Foundation."
The KCTG Board of Trustees consists of seven members, elected annually. In order to qualify for election, a member must be at least eighteen years old, have paid his or her annual dues, actively participated in the operation of the Guild during the year preceding election, and attended at least two general and/or special meetings during that year.
Nominations for this election take place in March. Any qualified Voting Member may nominate a member who meets the above qualifications, and may vote at the Annual Meeting in April. The qualifications of a Voting Member are the same as those to be nominated, except a Voting Member need only have attended one meeting during the preceding year.
The Annual Meeting at which the board is elected is held on the second Thursday of April. The newly elected board is seated at the next regular meeting, on the first Tuesday of May, at which time officers are elected.
Regular meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Patchwork Playhouse.
Meeting dates are usually posted on our calendar and at the bottom of the agenda. The tentative agenda for each meeting is usually announced a few days prior to that meeting. Meetings are open; members and others interested in learning more about the Kent County Theatre Guild are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.
Time has been allocated at scheduled meeting of the KCTG Board of Trustees for individuals or groups to address the Board on scheduled action items or other issues they wish to bring before the Board. Persons wishing to make comments should email their concerns to email@example.com at least 48 hours prior to the next scheduled meeting. Each group should choose one representative to speak and comments should be limited to five minutes. Speakers will be recognized by the Board Chairperson in the order their names appear. If a large group of people sign up to speak, the Board Chairperson may at his/her discretion, limit the number of persons allowed to speak. The Board will not hear comments on issues pertaining to individuals. Issues pertaining to individuals are not part of the public comments. It is the intention of the Board to listen to public comments, but not to respond.
Unless otherwise specified, auditions for KCTG shows are in the form of "cold reading" from the show's script. Auditions are held at KCTG's Patchwork Playhouse, on Roosevelt Ave., Dover. As you approach from Dupont Hwy (Rte 13), look for a large, white, windowless building on your right. (Hint: The logo at the top of this page is over the front door.) There is parking behind the theater. Auditions begin at 7:30, unless otherwise noted; please try to arrive early to fill out the audition form.
The Kent County Theatre Guild is a volunteer organization that offers members of the community the opportunity to learn all aspects of theatrical production in a real working theater.
No matter what your area of interest may be, there's a way for you to be involved. Here are some easy ways to volunteer if you've never done it before:
Be An Usher or Bartender
A great way to get started as a KCTG volunteer is to usher or tend bar. Ushers greet patrons, hand out programs, and show them to their seats. Bartenders serve drinks to our patrons. No experience is required.
For your time, KCTG will reserve one ticket per usher/bartender in the back row for the show the usher/bartender is working.
Ushers/Bartenders are scheduled on a first sign up, first served basis. Seats will not be reserved for volunteers who are not scheduled with the Head of House (ushers) or Bar Manager (bartenders).
Audition for a Show
If you've always wanted to be on stage but think you can't because you've never done it before, think again! Every actor who appears in a production on our stage walked into our theater as a first-time auditioner at one time; some came in with experience, and others learned on the job. If you just want to see how it's done, feel free to just come and watch. For more information, see our Auditions page.
The bookholder works next to the director while the show is in rehearsal, following along in the script and prompting the actors as they work on stage. It's a great way to see first-hand how a production comes together from first read-through to opening night!
Comp Tickets Policy
KCTG is proud to offer its production volunteers (i.e., actors, stage manager, crew, technical staff, directors, etc.) two (2) complimentary tickets to the show in which they participate. Front of House volunteers will continue to receive one (1) complimentary ticket for the performance in which they volunteer. This policy will begin with the 2018 season. The Kent County Theatre Guild values its volunteers and wishes to thank them for their endless hours of work on a production with this small token of appreciation. This offer excludes specified fundraiser shows.
Please let us know if you would like to be on the KCTG mailing list, become a member, receive our audition notices, leave comments about a show or event, or volunteer to assist KCTG in anyway. Fill out the form below, click SUBMIT, and you'll hear from us soon!
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KCTG / 140 Roosevelt Ave.
PO Box 783 / Dover, DE 19903
302-674-3568 / firstname.lastname@example.org
at the Patchwork Playhouse
Providing Quality Community Theatre
to Central Delaware Since 1953
OUR MISSION STATEMENT: The Kent County Theatre Guild's mission is to provide everyone the opportunity to participate in an award-winning, live theatrical experience, whether on stage, backstage, behind the scenes or in the audience.
Beginning with KCTG's 2017 season, patrons who arrive after the start of the show will not be seated until an appropriate break in the performance, which may not be until intermission.
Refunds (partial or full) will not be offered for any portion of the show that is missed. The Kent County Theatre Guild encourages its patrons to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to curtain. As always, thank you for supporting KCTG!