Circle Arts Theatre – New Braunfels

Circle Arts Theatre - New Braunfels

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Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels, Texas

Let it be known to all here present that Circle Arts Theatre was founded in 1968 by Elizabeth Elliott.

  • That in it’s first few years, performances were given in an old exhibition hall on the fair grounds;
  • That in 1971, asked by the Wurstfest Association to present an old-time melodrama during its annual festival, the theatre found a home in the converted warehouse, originally known as the Kleinehalle;
  • That in 1972 the first full season opened with O MEN! O WOMEN! on May 11th, the night of the great flood. By the next weekend, this community had picked itself up, and performances resumed to packed houses;
  • That in 1979, the theatre was awarded a Texas Commission on the Arts Grant for its Youth Enrichment Program, which flourishes and grows with each year;
  • That in 1981, Circle Arts Theatre won the State Competition in the Texas Festival of Community Theaters, with its production of SEASCAPE by Edward Albee;
  • That in 1985, the theatre again proceeded to the State Competition at the Dallas Theater Center to perform with the seven other finest theaters in Texas;
  • That on March 4, 1988, the theatre celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary Season with a formal Gala at the Civic Center, the guest celebrity being the distinguished actor, Morgan Woodward;
  • That in past State Competitions the theatre has won awards in costume and graphic design;
  • That on January 30, 1993, Circle Arts celebrated its Silver Anniversary with a formal Gala at the Civic Center with a videotaped collage of performances through its 25 years;
  • That since its arrival in its current home, the theatre’s Board of Directors has provided over $74,000 worth of renovations and repairs, vastly upgrading the city-owned building it leases;
  • That to date, the theatre has staged 133 major productions, 10 children’s theatre shows and 31 melodramas;
  • That to date its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, has brought theater to more than 120,000 school children of Central Texas;
  • That to date, the theatre has given 110 benefit performances for other local non-profit organizations;
  • That on November 15, 1998, Circle Arts celebrated its Thirtieth Anniversary with a Gala at the Civic Enter with special Pearl Awards, and a stage show of production highlights from the previous five years;
  • That Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the performing arts and the affirmation and growth of the human spirit.



Behind the Scenes at “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

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