Yuma Community Theater (YCT) began performing in Yuma during 1980 when it was founded by its original members. YCT incorporated in 1983 as a 501c(3) with the IRS in the State of Arizona. According to the State records it is the oldest continually operating community organization in Arizona. YCT is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Board meets on the first Monday of every month at the Yuma Community Food Bank.
YCT markets its productions throughout Yuma county to all ages and economic groups by way of public service announcements, newsletters and emails to its members, advertising in newspapers, magazines and radio, as well as public appearances donated by the media. All actors and members are volunteers from the local community who are interested in helping preserve and promote live theater in Yuma, Arizona. Audiences are comprised of a diverse mix of residents and seasonal visitors who enjoy seeing their friends and neighbors present live, local theater productions.
Per its by-laws, YCT is a volunteer group. It has no paid staff nor are any members of YCT remunerated for their time, efforts and talents they bring to the organization. Musical productions will sometimes incur the cost of hiring a pianist or musicians for rehearsals and performances.
Each person who participates as an actor or crew member must join Yuma Community Theater. The annual member dues are $1. The ticket price for a YCT show is $20 for Preferred Reserved Seating, $10 for General Reserved and $5 for Economy Seating. Season tickets are $51 for all three shows in the Preferred Seating.
In recent years, Yuma Community Theater revitalized itself by increasing its membership and presenting multiple productions each year. During its 2013-14 season, YCT will present three productions at Gila Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, with cast and crew of well over 200 members, and a total of 26 performances to an anticipated 10,000 audience members.
Yuma Community Theater has the following mission:
- To produce works of theater,
- To promote community interest and support of live theater, and,
- To provide opportunities for members to participate in various phases of theater work
YCT has eight Honorary Lifetime Members: Bob McCain, Evelyn Smith, Louise & Clay Guy, John and Lynn Herrera, Fred Brown and John Paul Plante.