With the decline of the mines, in 1966, the City of Creede needed a new source of income. The Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) agreed to bring performances to the old opera/movie house. The Jaycees drafted a letter and mailed it to various universities. Steve Grossman, a theatre student, saw the letter, and answered it. It was the only response the Jaycees received.
Under the direction of Steve Grossman (age 19), twelve students drove from the University of Kansas to Creede. The Jaycees joined with them and with $32 in the bank, they mounted the first season. Tickets sold for $1.00.
We seem to be heading to Creede a lot! There is so much to do there.
Last month while having lunch in Creede we sat next to a very nice couple (Don and Carol) that have a summer home in this area. We started talking about the theatre and a couple of weeks later, while having dinner with Don and Carol, we picked a show to see.
With the closing of Creede’s last mine in 1984, the theatre has become the largest summer employer and is a nationally-recognized theatre.
We had a great time and hope to see another show before the summer is over.