The history of the Shade Tree Players
The Shade Tree Players was organized in 1970 by Sister Barbara Ann Gehrki, University of Mary, and Lee Nagel, a local educator. Their purpose was to establish a children's theater where the acting would be done by children.
In 1991, Shade Tree Players merged with Dakota Stage, Ltd. This merger provided the Shade Tree Players with a home, storage, administrative support, theatrical advice and counsel.
Shade Tree Players began as the Priory Community Center Children's Theatre
The first travelling troupe was called Street Theatre
In 1971, the name was changed to Children's Community Theatre
In 1972, the name Shade Tree Players was adopted
In 1991, Shade Tree Players merged with Dakota Stage Ltd.
Shade Tree Players is produced and managed by the staff of Dakota Stage Ltd.
Since its inception, STP has produced at least one major production each summer
Participation in Shade Tree Players is more than a summer activity. The lessons and skills learned and aquired will prove invaluable to these young people throughout their lives.
Performing with others in a play fosters team spirit, encourages clear enunciation, removes the fear of standing in front of an audience, promotes poise in dealing with a variety of situations, and instills professionalism, responsibility, commitment and discipline.
These attributes, while integral in producing a play, translate into every vocation later in life. Participation in Shade Tree Players helps prepare these thespians for future careers and does it while they are having fun!