Major Influences /Donations
He was performing in High School, an usher for SLT in 1962, served as Secretary and President Pro-Tem prior to his election. In 1968 Lynn Colley, was the youngest President ever elected. Lynn Colley remained President of Sikeston Little Theatre for 35 years, until his death in 2003. He was in numerous plays and also directed. That is dedication, that is work and that is amazing. Thank you Lynn for helping make SLT what it is today. 1945 - 2003
Most of the people who are involved with SLT today were not lucky enough to have met Bing Limbaugh. If anyone reading this has any stories or info please contact the Theatre. We would love to hear it. Just by reading about him, he truly was one of the most interesting people. Movies were not his favorite, he wanted live. He and his wife traveled to many destinations to see plays that had actors that we would be familiar with, such as Glen Close, Chita Rivera, Dabney Coleman and Madeline Kahn, to name a few. His humor and dedication were made evident in his correspondence with the SLT group many years after he moved from this area. He was a graduate of Sikeston High School and never forgot his home town, supporting SLT with donations and encouragement. He and his wife also contributed a sizable donation for the new building lobby, awnings and fencing.
Jim Wenneker served on Sikeston Little Theatres Board of Directors starting in 1971 and served for 27 years. He served as Vise President for 15 of those. He directed or acted in 26 plays. He designed the stage for the Sikeston Activity Center and the Chaney-Harris cultural center. He was working on plans and was a consultant regarding the Albritton Mayer Building that was in progress until his sudden death in 1998. He relocated to Sikeston from Quincy, IL to become manager of a local radio station and it was this move that brought him to SLT, after being involved in Theatre in College. In 1983 he became an ordained minister and he also gave acting, music, public speaking lessons and was music director for Trinity Baptist Church. Jim directed many young people workshops with SLT. To be involved in SLT without children in the Theatre shows dedication and many of our inspirations stayed involved after their children were grown or did not have any, to continue to give back to the Theatre. Jim was a joy to be around, had a sense of humor and treated everyone with respect. He brought much to our community Theatre and appreciate all his work through the years. He appeared in a play in Northern Illinois with movie and TV star, Lyle Talbot.