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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Opera

Mission: The mission of the organization is to offer opportunities where the community may produce, partcipate in and enjoy the performing arts; to educate all ages in theater and music; and to preserve and protect the thomaston opera house as a historic landmark and community space.

Programs: Presentation of various plays and shows to promote interest in the theatre arts.

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Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David289

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A hidden gem in Litchfield County, CT, Landmark puts on professional quality productions with casts and crews comprised of some the region's best talent. I have appeared in a few myself, done sets for several others, and was always delighted to hear audience members pleasantly surprised to find the productions were "just like a real show" and not the slapdash affairs that the words "community theatre" conjures in the imagination.

The lion's share of the credit belongs to the staff & volunteer coordinations, who make every effort to welcome newcomers and to build the "community" part of community theatre. Their efforts make people want to come back, to be a part of next show in some way and keep the tradition alive. The sound & technical crews do amazing work in bringing the stage alive. A dedicated troupe of costume designers put in hours to make everything perfect. And a host of local artists and carpenters construct wonderful sets & scenery. All of this takes place until careful eye of experienced local directors and stage managers. Their combined effect is what give the shows such tremendous polish and allows the performances to shine. It is truly a team effort, and greatly satisfying to play any role in the process.

The Thomaston Opera House itself is a charming classic small-town theater being carefully restored to its earlier glory. It's an intimate environment to see a play, as even the last seat has a good view of action.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Landmark Theatre is located in Thomaston, CT and is a home away from home for my family. When you first pull up to the theatre you are amazed by the towers that beckon you to come in side. My son and I had our stage acting debut in the show Miracle on 34th Street and was welcomed with open arms by the theatre. Since our first experience we have also appeared in a Christmas Carol together and my son recently acted in Winnie the Pooh. We attend all performances to support fellow cast members either as a patron or volunteering as an usher. LLC is more then just a theatre with four walls. It is our extended family. We look forward to our next adventure at the Landmark Theatre either as an actor on stage, attending a show in the audience, or helping out behind the scenes.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5


The Thomaston Opera House is a 19th Century jewel in the Naugatuck River town of Thomaston, once a vital thriving center of industry, specifically for the Seth Thomas clock factory. Situated on Route # 8, a few minutes north of Waterbury, Connecticut, the town is alive with community spirit, perhaps most visibly reflected in its festival of lights at Christmas.

That spirit is what drove the local community to form the Landmark Community Theater, when a previous production company foundered financially a few years ago, leaving the Opera House without a viable tenant. The energy of the new group is palpable. It has been a "rise from the ashes" affair. The Board of Trustees oversees the mounting of a half-dozen productions a year, predictably a number of musicals, but also producing some lesser known "straight plays" as well.

In addition, a small "lab theater" on the ground floor is the setting for a number of lesser known plays, serving as a dramatic laboratory.

All this requires a large commitment on the part of the Board and a great many members of the theater community, which reaches well past the borders of Thomaston.

I've been part of two productions in the past two years: Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Carol. I'm looking forward to participation in more productions in the future.

I have often said that there is probably no single enterprise as inefficient as the mounting of a play: the number of man-hours ("person-hours?") required to choose a suitable script, audition actors, design and create sets, lighting, props and costumes and to rehearse and publicize a particular production are immense. In anything but a coherent group of committed people, enthusiastically engaged in the pursuit of excellence of a unified whole, the result will be less than satisfactory.

Landmark Community Theater has aimed high, and succeeded admirably. The shows they have produced that I have been in or seen from the audience have been high-quality productions, rising above the oft-time condescending term "community theater" and embodying a joyous dramatic spirit.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter had her first opportunity to perform with community theatre in a recent production of A Christmas Carol. The entire cast and crew were amazing to work with and made her debut experience with live theatre truly memorable. She is a professional actor (though only a child) and she has been in on-camera productions in New York with top-notch production companies: the experience at LCC was nothing short of that. Even better, the classic beauty of the Opera House and the community spirit and camaraderie enhanced every moment. We WILL be back for more -- both on, behind, and in front of the stage!

Review from Guidestar