Summer Youth Theater Conservatory, July 1 - July 21, 2019
Lynn Canal Community Players
The Lynn Canal Community Players (LCCP) has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating community theatre group in the state. It was organized in 1956 by a group of culturally minded residents of Haines who had performed together as a folk dance group called the Glacier Gliders and now decided it would be fun to put on plays for the entertainment and enrichment of the community.
The LCCP has continued to foster the arts in the Upper Lynn Canal in many ways: Sponsoring and operating the Concert Series during the 60s and 70s, organizing and hosting the biennial Alaska State Community Theatre Festival (ACTFEST) for 20 years, producing a long running summer melodrama to enhance the tourist season in Haines, operating a Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory, providing drama workshops and scholarships to drama camps, in addition to producing a season of plays each year.
Their early productions took place on the tiny stage at one end of the school gym, but in 1967, the group joined forces with Alaska Indian Arts and received a grant from the State of Alaska Purchase Centennial to renovate the Education/Recreation Building at Fort William H. Seward into a 250 seat performing arts theatre, now known as the Chilkat Center for the Arts. In 1979 the LCCP initiated application for grant funds from the State Cultural Facilities Development Council to expand and improve the Center, adding a scene shop, dance studio, dressing rooms and conference rooms. The group has maintained its close relationship with the Chilkat Center as the building has been passed into ownership of the Haines Borough.
You can become a member of the Lynn Canal Community Players by participating in an LCCP production. Join the fun! The group has an annual membership meeting each year in the fall to elect a board of directors and plan the upcoming season.
Lorraine Dudzik, President – 766-2071
Annette Smith, Secretary – 766-2708
Haines Arts Council
The Haines Arts Council has been bringing high quality musical, theatric, film, and dance performances to the Chilkat Center since 1985. Between the years 2000-2012 alone over 140 concerts and events have been performed on the main stage or lobby. Some highlights include the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator, Mongolian throat singers Huun Huur Tu, French violin master Gilles Apap, bluegrass greats such as Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper and the Claire Lynch Band, jam artist Keller Williams, physical theater comic Tomas Kubinek, and others including Dallas Brass, Ball in the House, Sweet Plantain, Juneau’s Opera-to-Go, Alaska’s favorite acoustic band Bearfoot, and many, many more.
Seeing and hearing these artists up close with the finest acoustics, and meeting them in the lobby after the show makes for an unforgettable experience. The Haines Arts Council seeks to expose the community to the best the arts have to offer, to inspire, and to increase the quality of life for all its residents and visitors. Ticket prices are always among the most affordable anywhere. Come join us for a show!
Tom Heywood, President - 766-3356
Anne Hanssen, Secretary – 766-2494
Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts
The Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts is a “Friends” organization organized in 2012 to help maintain and improve the Chilkat Center and enhance the use of this important community gathering place. The group’s first project was to accomplish a thorough upgrade of the building’s theatrical lighting and sound systems. This was accomplished with grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Murdock Charitable Trust and local fundraising. On a smaller scale, the Foundation has resurfaced the stage floor, painted several backstage areas, landscaped around the building, and purchased equipment to enhance conventions and events. The organization also maintains this website. An ongoing fundraising endeavor is the Adopt-A-Seat Project. All funds from Adopt-A-Seat sponsorships go toward capital improvement projects for the Center. The current improvement project is upgrading the kitchen/concession area. It is known as the “Bitchin’ Kitchen” project.
Contacts: Tresham Gregg, President – 766-2540
Annette Smith, Secretary – 766-2708