Our Staff

WCT’s Hard-Working (mostly volunteer) Staff

WCT group shotARTISTIC DIRECTION TEAM:
Steve Marston, Blare Elliott, Christopher Martineau, Aileen Gaynor, Kelly Kesey, Robert Ford, Mathew Caine

WCT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
President – Steve Marston
Vice President  – Creek Norris
Treasurer – Kitty Norris
Secretary – Gretchen Moore
Rod Grainger, Robert Ford, Karen Mattson, Karen Seydel, Jason Edington, Kathy de Bane,                          Kyle Sickler (Emeritus),

Chrystina Patterson –  MANAGING DIRECTOR

Steve Hellman – PUBLICITY MANAGER

Mike A’Dair – PRODUCTION MANAGER

Kitty Norris – Digital Media, Booking Agent, PR Coordinator, Guest Artists Performance Series Producer

Kevin H. C. Moore – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Lifetime Service Award for 2018, Awarded October 2019

 

Gretchen Moore

Moore has been painting sets since she was a child in the 60s, when her mother designed and painted sets with the Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, California, and taught trade secrets to Gretchen. Since moving to Willits, Gretchen has painted the sets for many shows, including Harvey, Bus Stop, Lend Me a Tenor, The Dining Room, Angel of Chatham SquareArsenic and Old LaceThe Sunshine BoysThe Best Christmas Pageant EverClue, and Off the Map.

 

 

WCT 2018-2019 Board and Staff

 On the Floor: Steve Marston

 L – R: Chrystina Patterson, Kitty Norris, Karen Seydel, Gretchen Moore, Rod Grainger, Mike A’Dair, Jason Edington

In the Back:  Creek Norris

Missing from Photo: Kathy de Bane, Kevin H.C. Moore, Kyle Sickler, Robert Ford, & Steve Hellman,

 

 

PR Peeps – Kitty Norris and Steve Hellman                

 

 

Gretchen Moore, Set Painter Extraordinaire, Maker of Magic!

 

 

Technical Director, Kevin Moore

 

Set Builders: Steve Marston, Kevin Moore, Robert Ford, Brian Weller    

 

 

Artistic Direction Committee Chair Mary Burns,

 

Production Manager Mike A’Dair

 

 

 

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December, 2018

Lifetime Service Award for 2017 Recipient Creek Norris

 Praise for Creek Norris

This year the theatre organization is proud to give the Lifetime Service Award to Creek Norris. Creek is a man of action, a fixer, a repairman, a troubleshooter, a take charge guy who, along with his wife, Kitty Norris, has produced nearly 80 music concerts as fundraisers for WCT, since 2007. 

As part of the requirements for producing those concerts, Creek has taught himself how to be a sound engineer and a sound designer. He has personally spent over $2000 on sound equipment. He also taught himself to do lights & video for the concerts, and has trained volunteer assistants on the systems.

Creek is also the poster designer for the theatre. He created the iconic and unique general design for our posters and has personally designed posters for the last 27 of our mainstage shows, going back at least to the beautiful poster for Same Time Next Year in 2013. He also does all the posters for the Guest Artists Performance Series.

He took the leading role in painting the playhouse in the summer of 2013. It was typical of Creek that he rented, at his own expense, the cherry-picker that allowed him to paint the upper reaches of the playhouse walls and that he stretched the 5 gallons of lime-green paint to the uttermost, even watering it down with an extra gallon of lime green paint that the theatre had lying around in the back. He worked all day on that one, with minimal help. At the end of the day, the job was done. The paint job is standing up nicely. 

Being a dedicated supporter of our theatre has pushed Creek into some roles that he didn’t want and that he never imagined he would ever assume. Creek became a board member in 2013. He laid back in silence for a couple of years, and became vice president of the board in 2012, under Kyle Sickler.  After the departure of former board president Jennifer O’Brien, Creek assumed the role of president of the board in 2016. As president, he has been a steadying and clarifying influence on the board. He has the ability to bring out the best from each of the board members and the theatre staff and to keep all of us working together for the benefit of the theatre. He has been a very effective president. 

So, sound man, poster man, changer of light bulbs, painter, troubleshooter, diplomat, board officer, board president, seeker of truth, problem solver. He’s been an essential member of the Willits Community Theatre for the past decade, and more, and we are honored and pleased to recognize you with this Lifetime Service Award. 

September 2017

Lifetime Service Award  for 2016 Recipient Dave Watts

Dave began his involvement with the WCT in 1988 playing the villain, Wyndermere Hightower, in The Curse of the Aching Heart. He has also appeared in The Music Man, The Spider’s Web, Oliver!, Random Acts of Comedy, as Ebenezer Scrooge in a reading of A Christmas Carol in 1997, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Letters, and as the Earl of Kent in a WCT reading of King Lear, and most recently as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2016).
Dave has been on the WCT Board of Directors, helped to build the WCT Playhouse, and has been a publicist, prop builder and a riser hand, that is, part of the crew of guys had to build up and tear down an array of wooden platforms upon which our audience members could sit, when we performed our plays at the Little Lake Grange and the Methodist Church, from 1986 to 1992.

June 2017

Office Manager Christina Gamble Moving On

After 15 years working for Willits Community Theatre, office manager Christina Gamble is moving on. She will leave her position at the end of June when she and her husband Bert make final preparations to relocate their household and pets to Midland, Texas. 

Photo by Steve Hellman

While Christina expresses excitement over her move, she admits that leaving WCT is a big deal for her. As the longest-running office manager at WCT, Christina has been the anchor behind the scenes through 15 seasons, diligently covering accounts, payroll, coordinating raffles and other fundraising efforts, and seeing to all the little details that come with holding down the front office of our performing arts center. Christina first came to work at WCT as a young mother. 

“My kids had started school,” she says, “and I needed something to do.” 

Asked what it has been like working at WCT, she confides, “I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s meant being a part of the community, having a role with the service organizations that support the theatre. It’s been great.” 

Her three children are now grown and on their own. Her husband was offered a job transfer with regular, steady hours with a major oil company, so the Gambles decided it was time to pull up stakes and head for the flatlands of mid-state Texas. Christina will be sorely missed. 

“Christina has been a wonderful anchor at the office,” says WCT Board Treasurer Kitty Norris. “She’s done so much of our detail work all these years and managed the office really well.” 

Current Managing Director Beth Rosen says, “It’s been a delight to work with Christina over the years and she will be sorely missed.” 

For the moment, 

Christina is looking forward to her new life. With her characteristic smile, she says, “I’ll be a stay at home mom again and babysit the twins.” 

The twins? 

Christina and Bert have two miniature dachshunds, Daisy and Duke.

And what about Texas? “I already have the boots,” Christina declares proudly, and she smiles her smile that has seen so many actors, producers, directors, stage workers, musicians, community activists and patrons through the process of staging and enjoying the sheer pleasures at the WCT playhouse. 

Christina with Daisy and Duke

Christina Gamble will be sorely missed and we wish her and Bert and the dogs our very best!

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Kevin portrait color

Lifetime Service Award
Recipient for 2015
Kevin H. C. Moore
 
Recent roles at WCT include Dr. Einstein in Arsenic And Old Lace, the Russian spy in See How They Run, Tito Morelli in Lend Me A Tenor, and Father Kelleher/Buzzy in Catch Me If You Can. Kevin is a regular designer of sets and lighting here at WCT . He made his WCT directing debut here in our last play, Beside Yourself. He has also performed with Ukiah Players Theatre as Owen Musser in The Foreigner.

Kevin has an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of New Orleans and a BA in Dramatic Art from UCSB. He was the Technical Director for the Spartanburg Little Theatre and Youth Theatre in South Carolina for 11 years before moving to Willits and has taught at several colleges and universities. Kevin has been involved in theatre for over 40 years and has worked either backstage or onstage on over 300 productions with various companies.

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Christopher Martin receives Lifetime Service Award

Christopher Martin 2010

Longtime volunteer and actor Christopher Martin received a Lifetime Service Award from Willits Community Theatre at its annual Gala Event on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm. The special performance of the current production of the WCT crime caper farce “Kill Me, Deadly” included food and drinks beforehand at 7pm for the theatre’s Lovers and Angels donors and then a presentation of the award to Martin.
Martin was honored for his more than 10 years of volunteer and stage performance work for WCT. Board of Directors member Kitty Norris says Martin was selected for his years of superlative contributions, including acting, stage managing shows and running lights and sound for productions. Norris says, “Christopher is so terrific, for all the many capacities that he’s served our theatre.”
Martin first acted in the 2004 WCT production of “Cooking With Gus.” His stage performances went on to include roles in “The Constant Wife” (2006), “Cactus Flower” (2007), “The Grass is Greener” (2008), “Alone Together” (2009), “Sylvia” (2010) and “My Three Angels” (2011). Martin also performed in staged readings of “Blithe Spirit” and Educating Rita.” His work with WCT has included stage managing productions of “Maiden and Prayer,” Willits Live” and “Greater Tuna.” Director Bill Barksdale says of Martin, “He’s absolutely one of those marvelous people who is both funny and kind and who also gives so much to our community.”

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