The McKinney Repertory Theatre will begin its 20th theatrical season this fall, according to Executive Director Davina Gazo Stampfel.

The background

The organization is a nonprofit community theater that was formed by local actors in 2003. The group performed in the McKinney area for three years before moving into the McKinney Performing Arts Center in 2006 following renovations to the venue, Stampfel said.

“They recognized that there was no place for theater; no one was producing theater. There was no place for the community to come and be a little theatrical family so to speak, and so they formed McKinney Repertory Theatre,” she said of the organization’s founders.

The details

The theater group's 20th anniversary season will run from October 2023 to August 2024 and will include five shows:
  • “Clue” beginning Oct. 6
  • “A Christmas Carol” performed in November and December 2023
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank” performed in March 2024
  • “Steel Magnolias” performed in May 2024
  • “Forever Plaid” performed in July and August 2024
Also of note

The organization collaborated with local artist Kim Guthrie to create five paintings representing the 2023-24 theatrical seasons’ five shows. The paintings will be featured as poster art, according to a news release.

"Theatre is the one art form that needs artists and experts from every type of artistic medium to collaborate together to produce a show,” Stampfel said in a news release “Since McKinney is such a rich artistic community, it made sense for our community theater to celebrate our 20th anniversary by highlighting the variety of artists and creative minds that call McKinney home by selecting a local artist to collaborate with on our 20th anniversary season artwork.”

Stampfel said the organization also plans to host a 20th anniversary gala and award ceremony in September 2024 that will be open to the public.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the date of the organization's anniversary gala.