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IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS till 2004
- AUGUST 22nd, 1998- The JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH THEATER COMPANY is founded. At a meeting between Family Preservation and Brian Brawner, a local theater veteran, an idea is passed around as to creating an afterchool activity which would allow young people from the area to learn more about theater arts, Approval is granted on August 22nd, and the theater company is born,
- SEPTEMBER 21, 1998-orientation and the first classes are held. Three classes meet Monday afternoons as an after-school activity, consisting of students in the third and fourth grades...fifth and sixth...and middle and high school students. Over 30 students participate in the first year of classes...just slightly under the maximum available.
- MARCH 1999- The first JCYTC board of directors is put in place. Brian Brawner is named President of the organization, Pamela Radcliffe is named Treasurer, Andrea Rockney is the secretary, and Mary Nordahl and Peg Osley are also named to the board.
- MAY 22, 1999-Theaterfest 1999 is held at the new Lunda Park. The three classes perform their class projects for parents, family and friends. Admission is free.
- JUNE 26, 1999-JCYTC's one-act play BRIEFLY SPEAKING helps open the new Lunda Community Park in Black River Falls. The show is the first ever mainstage production for the company.
- AUGUST 6, 1999 BRIEFLY SPEAKING performs at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in LaCrosse. The performance is taped by WKBT TV for use during their evening news.
- AUGUST 22, 1999 The JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH THEATER COMPANY celebrates its first anniversary.
- SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 The JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH THEATER COMPANY opens its second season of classes. 26 students are registered, half of them are new to the program. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls is the new home.
- FEBRUARY 18, 2000 HEY HO PINOCCHIO opens at the Lunda Theater. Over 180 turn out for opening night..<
- MAY 13, 2000 JCYTC presents their second annual end of year festival, THEATERFEST 2000. Four small shows are presented at Veterans Park in Downtown Black River Falls.
- AUGUST 29, 2000 The Jackson County Youth Theater Company's annual meeting produced three new board members. Being elected to the board of directors are Steve Cummings, Kathy O'Reilly Arndt and Jill Borreson. Steve Cummings was elected Vice-President of the organization, Jill Borreson was named as the new treasurer.
- May 5, 2001 The JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH THEATER COMPANY presents a one-act play, MISS LOUISA AND THE OUTLAWS at Lunda Theater as the opening act for The Sons of the San Joaquin. A full house at the theater gives the group a standing ovation following the performance. Among those in the audience that night, recording artist Michael Martin Murphey.
- June 12, 2001-- The JCYTC board of directors decides to delay a decision on the company being absorbed by the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County.
- September 17,2001-- In light of the events of 9-11-01, JCYTC announces a special fundraiser show to benefit the survivors of the terrorist attacks in New York City. The show will be an original production entitled TO HONOR AMERICA. It is written and adapted from historical materials by JCYTC artistic director, Brian Brawner. Show date is set for October 28th. The Black River Falls school district is donating the facility for the production.
- June 29, 2002- For the second year in a row, a JCYTC student is named as a local ambassador. This year it is 4 year student Letece Borreson who is elected Miss Black River Falls. Letece recently appeared as eldest daughter Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR. Kelsey Olson was named Karner Blue Butterfly princess in 2001.
- July 9, 2002--For the first time, JCYTC will perform the run of one of its feature shows outside of Black River Falls. The 2002-2003 season opener, THE BABYSITTER will be held at Melrose-Mindoro High School's auditorium on Halloween weekend.
- November 15, 2002--JCYTC helps the Falls Players open their season with the production BABES IN TOYLAND. Several current and former students appear in the production
- January 21, 2003--JCYTC begins preparations for COTTON GIRLS. Set construction begins under supervision of former LaCrosse Family Playhouse student and current UW Green Bay theater major Erica Fuss.
- January 17, 2003--JCYTC receives a $500 grant for scholarships from the LaCrosse Family Playhouse. The Playhouse, a fore-runner of JCYTC, closed operations in October of 2002.
- March 8, 2003--JCYTC performs the comedy COTTON GIRLS as the opening act for Branson, MO artists THE HUGHES BROTHERS. The show is well-performed and receives positive feedback from the Brothers themselves, but raises a cyclone of controversy. Some audience members are offended by what they refered to as
- July 29.2003- Five year student Letece Borreson is crowned Miss Jackson County. Former student Myriah Osley is named first attnedant. Letece had previously been Miss Black River Falls.
- December, 2003- Former JCYTC member Kelsey Olson is honored as the first runner-up in Miss All-American Teen competition in Anaheim, CA. Kelsey is one of 66 contestants.
- May 1, 2004- Two longtime students, Letece Borreson and Danica Rockney receive the first Steve Cummings Dedication award as students of the year.
- May 2, 2004- A segment of JCYTC's original play TO HONOR AMERICA is scheduled to be performed by First Stage in Los Angeles as part of their Playwrite's Express series.