Loudoun Centre Theatre to make Leesburg its home
Loudoun Centre Theatre (LCT), a Loudoun County based theater company founded in 2012, has formed an agreement with Destiny Church at 37 Catoctin Circle, to use their main auditorium as a regular performance space. This agreement is initially through 2020 and will include performances of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol November 23rd - December 15th of this year. The agreement between LCT and Destiny Church is in preparation for the planned Greenway Development at 1241 South King Street that is pending approval by the Town of Leesburg. That development will include expanded facilities for Destiny School of the Arts, an intimate 220 seat theater in the existing barn, and a new 450 seat performance venue. The Greenway Development will also serve as a wedding venue to meet the growing demand for a year-round, all weather facility.
Since its founding in 2012, LCT has performed at various venues in the county including Loudoun Country Day School and the Franklin Park Arts Center. Recent performances at Franklin Park included sold out shows of Disney's High School Musical in August 2017, A Christmas Carol in December 2017, and We Shall Be Free, a Benefit concert for Operation Underground Railroad in May 2018. Jeff Taylor, LCT Executive Director, noted that since its founding in 2012, LCT has been on the search for a space it could use exclusively. “We are thrilled to be in Leesburg,” Taylor said. “Despite being the county seat and the historical center of the county, it has been under served by the local theater groups in the area. We are going to provide a full season of plays and musicals that will be a great addition to the thriving live music and visual arts venues that already exist in Leesburg.”
Greg Wigfield, head Pastor at Destiny Church, noted he shares LCT’s goal of contributing to the community by offering high quality family friendly entertainment, while providing opportunities for local performers to share their talents. Michael Hale, an LCT board member who has headed up the search for a regular venue, said “The auditorium at Destiny Church is a really great space that will provide an intimate connection between the audience and the performers.” Hale noted that LCT will use the black box space primarily in the center stage and three quarter thrust configuration, keeping with the growing trend for more flexible performance spaces.
The permanent move of LCT to Leesburg marks the first theater company to take up residence in Leesburg. From 1888 to the mid 1950s, a 450- seat “Opera House” was on the second floor of the old town hall that stood on the Northeast corner of King and Loudoun Streets. The venue hosted guest speakers, dances, silent movies, and occasional traveling shows, but did not have a resident theatrical troupe. To find out more about upcoming auditions, performances, or how to donate, visit www.thelct.org or call the theatre at 703-314-8010.