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Junction City Little Theater is the longest-running community theater in the state of Kansas. It began in 1949, with the vision and guidance of Bettina Coover, a vibrant and imaginative woman who became an integral part of every community she joined. In 1955, Bettina Coover, Betty Cleary, Mona Kessinger, and Alma Hornbaker signed the documents of incorporation for Junction City Little Theater Inc.

Early productions were staged in schools, auditoriums, and churches, and overcame significant lighting and scenery challenges. In 1960, the Little Theater began its long tenure at the 18th Street location.

In 2008, the Little Theater transitioned to the newly renovated C.L. Hoover Opera House, where it opened its 301st production, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, to sellout crowds.


The JCLT office is located in the Munson Arts Education Building, first floor of the CL Hoover Opera House.

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