In 1986, Jim Stamberger approached Pam Buck of the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department with the idea of beginning a theatre company for the community of Blue Springs. From those meetings came “Blue Springs Community Theater,” as it was known for the first three years. The first production was the musical “Scrooge”. More than 100 persons auditioned on October 1st and 2nd, 1986 and a cast of approximately 40 persons performed the show. The first show was performed with recorded music.
In the summer of 1987, Jim Stamberger directed “The King and I” and the music was provided by a live orchestra. Since that time, the name of the theater has changed to “Blue Springs City Theatre”. The number of yearly productions has varied from 2 to 4, but the quality of the shows and the caliber of talent involved has only gotten better. In the years since the first scrooge, over 40 productions have been presented to the community ranging from children’s’ theater – “Tom Sawyer”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Peter Pan”, small shows like “Curious Savage”, “Miracle Worker”, “Barefoot in the Park”, to the large summer musicals such as – “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific” and “The Wizard of Oz”. Blue Springs has also presented Shakespeare – “Taming of the Shrew” and debuted an original musical by Donna Browne, “A Little Princess”.
Over 1900 people from the community have worked both onstage and backstage to bring live theatre to Blue Springs. Most of these individuals have been involved in multiple productions.
Blue Springs City Theatre has always had an open door policy and welcomes any and all who would wish to contribute their time and talents to the theatre.