Norris and Margaret Edson have gone from “Moonlight Mayhem” to “Call me Madam.”
The Gardnerville couple have been involved with 22 of the 24 Carson Valley Community Theatre productions over the last decade.
On May 17, Carson Valley Community Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary starting 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn.
“In the beginning it was a group of people who wanted to be on stage,” Margaret said of the theater group. “It is now a theater company because of all the hard work that’s been put in by many, many people.”
Carson Valley Community Theatre performs two to four productions each year, which require at least 30-40 volunteers for acting, producing, directing, set-building, sound, lighting, ticket sales and more.
“I’ve been involved in three other theater groups in my lifetime, and in this theater group we don’t have any divas,” Margaret said. “Everybody gets along. That’s why the last night of a show is extremely sad.”
Norris has designed and built the sets for every show. He has also acted in, directed or produced many others.
“There’s nothing in theater we haven’t done. I like the creativity aspect of taking something from the beginning and following it through,” he said. “I also like the camaraderie. Every time I get involved in a production, it becomes a family.”
In the last 10 years, audiences at shows have doubled.
“We’ve had many comments from people saying ‘This is the best show you’ve done.’ It’s very satisfying. It makes you very proud,” Norris said. “I was particularly proud of ‘Some Enchanted Evening.’ There were some scenes that as a director when I saw it on stage, it was like wow.”
Carson Valley Community Theatre is a nonprofit which raises money from ticket sales, fundraising and more recently, community donations.
“We like to think we’ve finally arrived as a theater group when people start donating money,” Margaret said.
Norris said the company would like to one day have its own theater space for rehearsals, shows and storage. They now work out of The Annex inside the Copeland Building which they rent out to groups when not rehearsing a show themselves.
He also foresees a solid future for CVCT with an expanded show season, additional shows and season ticket holders.
“We want to thank the community for all the support we’ve gotten over the years,” Norris said. “Our mission is to provide a quality live theater experience for the community and we believe we’ve done that. It’s important for us to continue to do that, and we can’t without the support of the community.”
Anniversary party chairwoman Sue Kuhn has organized a celebration which includes excerpts from nine past performances, cake and a champagne toast.
“It’s in part a recognition of all the people who have been involved in the last 10 years,” Norris said. “And also we want to let people know we’re here and give them an evening of entertainment.”
Tickets are $5 per person and the deadline to purchase is Tuesday. No tickets will be available at the door.
For tickets and box office hours call (775) 292-0939 or visit www.showtix4U.com.