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Footlighters, Inc. was established in 1963 by a small group of community theatre volunteers who wanted to bring theatre opportunities to the western side of Cincinnati.
For the first 24 years, the group performed in area highschool auditoriums, eventually settling at Westwood Town Hall in the late 1970's, where they continued to produce two shows a year.
A high point for the group came in 1977 when the show What's a Nice Country Doing in a State Like This? won regional, state and national competitions. The group was invited to represent the Festival of American Community Theatres at the international festival in Monaco.
In 1986, Footlighters moved to Newport, KY when they took posession of the tornado-damaged Salem United Methodist Church and converted it into the Stained Glass Theatre.
Today, Footlighters performs 3 regular season shows a year and a holiday fundraiser show.
The Footlighters Family
Footlighters, Inc., an all-volunteer organization, is governed by a 13-person Board of Directors, and is supported by nearly 200 members; all representing a broad spectrum of the professional and geographic community served by the theatre.
The group attracts outstanding talent for its productions, and receives numerous Orchid awards each year for outstanding production quality, vocal and ensemble performances, and a variety of technical achievements at the annual ACT Regional Theatre Festival.
In the 2002-2003 season, Footlighters season ticket sales are over 650 for the three-show season. We have enjoyed an average capacity of 80% over the past 12 seasons.
Partners In the CommunityBeing a part of the community is important to this group. To show that spirit of collaboration, Footlighters has joined with other non-profits like:
In addition, the group built a set for the Anne Geddes Exhibit at the 2000 Cincinnati Flower Show, and won numerous awards for their efforts.
The group also partners with local merchants and restaurants to draw business to the Newport area.