SLT Board of Directors
Below are the Sikeston Little Theatre Board of Directors who are elected by the membership of the Sikeston Little Theatre. Below are some of the details regarding the Board of Directors.
When the Sikeston Little Theatre was chartered in 1959 a Membership was raised and a Board of Directors was elected. The By-Laws for the Board of Directors (retrievable at this link BYLAWS) dictate that each Board member is elected for a 3 year (season) term and there are 12 total Board members. A theatrical season lasts 12 months but starts in July and ends the following June. At the end of every season in June 4 members are elected to start their new term in July of that year when the new season starts.
Each Board member is eligible to run for an Officer position (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) once they have completed one season in office. Each Officer position is elected every new season in July at the first meeting when the newly elected Board members are sworn in.
If you are interested in becoming a Board member you must be at least 21 years of age at the time of elections, be in good standing within the community and the Sikeston Little Theatre and must be a Member at large of the Theatre for at the least the season preceding the elections which are held in June of every year. Becoming a member at large is as simple as purchasing a single membership pass for the season.
Hi! My name is Ben Chessor and I’m a SSR for Cintas and raising two beautiful daughters. I’ve had a absolute love for theater since 1986 in my first production of Yankee Doodle. Continued doing theater in high school, took a hiatus to raise some kids and started back in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. Since then I’ve performed in The King and I, Big Fish, Grease, and Mamma Mia. I have an absolute love for the theater, and would love to be able to contribute in more ways than just the acting side.
I have been an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of Shows and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
My name is Amie Thornsbrough. I live in Sikeston with my husband, Brock, and daughter, Mia Kate, and I am a special education teacher at Sikeston Junior High. My family moved to Sikeston in 2016, and we got involved at Sikeston Little Theatre when all three of us auditioned for Beauty and the Beast after living here for only a couple of months. That experience helped us connect to our new community and make friends within the cast and crew of that wonderful production by SLT. Since then, Brock and I have directed three children's shows-Elf, Jr; Frozen, Jr; and The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Fun Fact: Those shows have involved kids from over 15 area schools!) Brock and I were the music directors for the recent production of The Sound of Music and for High School Musical in 2017. One of our favorite experiences was playing the lead roles of Edward and Sandra Bloom in SLT's production of Big Fish in 2018.
I have been a DIRECTOR and MUSICAL DIRECTOR of shows. I am also a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
Hello, my name is Alice Jackson. I have been an active member of SLT for many years, believing that SLT is vital to the cultural life of our community. I have worked on-stage as actor and director and front-of-house in various areas. It has been an honor to be a board member of SLT and would like to continue to serve on the board.
I have been a PRODUCER and DIRECTOR of Shows and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
My name is Ed Cowan. I taught band for 32 years in the Sikeston School system with memories of working with wonderful young people, a lot of smiles, laughter, and making music. Somewhere along the way, I became the pit orchestra director for SLT, now working with wonderful young and old people, same memories. After retirement, I served on the Sikeston Little Theatre Board of Directors for a number of years. The arts are an important part of a healthy community, and the area is enriched to have the opportunities SLT provides.
I am currently the VICE-PRESIDENT for the theatre and have been an ORECHESTRATION DIRECTOR and ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of Shows and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE and a member of the PUBLICITY COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
Hello! My name is Mary Mann-Ferguson. Sikeston has been my home my entire life. My husband, Reade, and I have two beautiful children, Will and Lily, who have a wonderful love of the theater and thoroughly enjoy being in productions at Sikeston Little Theater. I have deep rooted family and farming foundations in the Bootheel as well as experience and degrees in Marketing, Communication, and Respiratory Therapy. Reade and I own and operate The Pawn, in downtown Sikeston. I am responsible for Human Resources, marketing, and promotions. I have always had an extensive appreciation of the arts, both visual and performing, which I continue to share with my children. It is incredible that our community and surrounding area have SLT for families and individuals to express themselves through performing arts.
I have been a PRODUCER and STAGE MANAGER of Shows and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE and a member of the PUBLICITY COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
Hello. My name is Jeremiah Dunmyer and I've been involved with SLT in various roles that include actor, stage hand, director, technical director and producer. I enjoy being involved in all of the shows performed at SLT and I would like to help SLT grow to become a bigger and better community theatre. From helping the children and youth be key technical components of the theatre, to inspiring them to perform their best on stage as actors, to acting/directing with other adults. I would like to help keep a great artistic environment alive in the Sikeston area because I believe Art it is an essential part of life.
I am currently the PRESIDENT for the theatre and CHAIR PERSON for the PRODCUTIONS COMMITTEE and TECHNICAL COMMITTEE. I have been a PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, and TECHNICAL DIRECTOR of Shows and I am currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE, PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, HOUSE COMMITTEE, and TECHINCAL COMMITTEE Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
Hello. I am Kathy Cullins and I live in Sikeston with my husband, Ron, and granddaughters, Hannah and Halyn. We have been involved with SLT for several years as members, volunteers and actors. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to do such and that SLT is located in our hometown. For the past three years I have served on the Board and for two of those years I was the Treasurer. Other committees I volunteered for were Publicity, Marketing, and House. I have learned so much about SLT these past few years.
I am currently the TREASURER for the theatre and have been a PRODUCER and I am currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE, PUBLICITY COMMITTEE , and HOUSE COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
I am Melanie Duncan. My husband, Sam and I have been married for 33 years and during that time we have been blessed with three children, a son-in-law and a grandson. I retired from a rewarding career in education where I was a math teacher and school counselor. During my career I coached cheer and dance teams, and also sponsored student council and Hi-Step. Now days you can find me enjoying my job at Personal Expressions. I became a theater mom about 10 years ago when our youngest daughter, Jenny, became a Muny Kid in St. Louis and fell in love with musical theater. We moved back to this area three years ago when Jenny was starting high school. She was in a new town, a new school and she knew no one. Then we discovered the Sikeston Little Theatre. The SLT truly has been her saving grace and has become her second home.
I have been a PRODUCER and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS and PUBLICITY COMMITTEES. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
Hi! I’m Sherry Curtis. I’m a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Mo. Delta Medical Center in Sikeston and mother to three beautiful children. I have always been a fan of the theater. My love for the theater was the catalyst to encourage my children to become involved in theater. My oldest daughter Lexi was a part of SLT children’s production “Pirates of Penzance” in 2006. She also performed a singing duet in a Christmas showcase at SLT. My youngest daughter expressed an interest in SLT in 2018. When I saw the invitation for auditions for Big Fish, I thought to myself how fun it would be to do a play together. We had so much fun being a part of Big Fish cast. I also recently played the understudy of Tanya in Mamma Mia and served as an interim SLT board member.
I have been a PRODUCER and currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
My name is Spencer Raymond and I’m a lifelong resident of Sikeston. I’ve been involved in numerous shows over the last several years, all the way back to Wizard of Oz as a child. In the last 5 years I’ve been a part of almost every show working on everything from building set, lighting design, running sound, stage managing and as an Assistant Director for the Roger and Hammerstein classic ‘The King and I’. Some other notable shows I’ve been a part of are: Oliver, Happy Days, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical 1 and 2, Grease, and currently I’m running lights for the production L.A. Valentine. For the upcoming youth production ‘Emma’ I am the Technical Director and will be in charge of all sound and lights for that show. I am also a member of the House Committee at the Theatre where I help take care of the up-keep of the facility, whether it’s hanging new lights and speakers in the auditorium or repairing the toilets in the restrooms, I enjoy helping keep the facility in working order.
I am currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS, TECHNICAL, AND HOUSE COMMITTEES Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
My name is Teri Jett. I am originally from Hannibal, MO, but I have lived here in Sikeston with my daughter, Taylor Jett, for the last five years. I have served as the choir director at Sikeston Jr. and Sr. High for the last two years, as well as co-drama club sponsor at Sikeston HIgh School. I have been involved in theater since I was in my early teens. As a teacher, I have directed and co-directed multiple productions, including the one-act musical “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway” and the drama “Antigone Now” presented at SHS. I have also performed in many plays and musicals. My debut with Sikeston Little Theatre came in 2002 with “Godspell” while living in Cape Girardeau years ago. My daughter and I had the opportunity to perform on the SLT stage together last June in “Big Fish”. I have been involved in other community theater groups in Poplar Bluff, Jackson, and in Quincy, IL. However, none of them have had quite the sense of community that I have found at SLT.
I am the SECRETARY for the Theatre and have been an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR. I am currently a member of the PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.
My name is Wayne Noe. I moved to Sikeston from Memphis in 1969 and, as a freshman, joined the Sikeston High School Drama Club and Sikeston Little Theatre. In 1974 the SLT Board awarded me the William Grimsley Memorial Award. I am presently chairperson of the SLT House Committee. We are responsible for your theatre property and facilities. As part of your director teams, I am qualified as an assistant director, lighting director, sound director, set builder, set director, set manager and stage manager.
I have been a PRODUCER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, and TECHNICAL DIRECTOR of Shows and I am currently a member of the PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, HOUSE COMMITTEE, and TECHINCAL COMMITTEE Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way.