Family-run Repertory Company Theatre brings 35 years of performances to Richardson

Jordan Tomenga as Scrooge
Company actor Jordan Tomenga stars as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol, the Musical.” (Courtesy Repertory Company Theatre)

Company actor Jordan Tomenga stars as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol, the Musical.” (Courtesy Repertory Company Theatre)

Image description
Debra Carter is the executive artistic director and founder of the nonprofit theater. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
For more than three decades, Repertory Company Theatre has brought musicals and theater education to the city of Richardson. The troupe-driven, nonprofit operation hosts annual productions ranging from classics to new Broadway hits.

Executive Artistic Director Debra Carter and two other local residents, Sharon Lipshie and Kitty Beletic, founded the nonprofit as a children’s theater program in 1986. As the children from the community aged, Carter realized the need for an adult component and began a performing company.

After a decade of touring locally and in Colorado, Carter opened a theater in the Promenade Shopping Center. The company had performed shows at Courtyard Theater in Plano, The University of Texas at Dallas or at the Eisemann Center, which made it difficult to establish an identity, Carter said.

In 2017, Repertory renovated and opened its current 165-seat theater in a former Dollar General off Coit Road.

“We learned that when you tour ... you don’t have a very strong brand,” she said. “Everyone thinks you are [associated with] where you [perform].”


What sets Repertory apart from other theaters in the area is that it has a set company of actors. Rather than auditioning for a specific play, Repertory actors audition to perform in an entire season’s worth of productions, which is not very common in the South, Carter said.

“[Other theaters may] have the same pool of actors, but it’s not an actual formalized company like a football team or a baseball team,” Carter said.

This year, the company is made up of 74 actors. By the end of the season, the troupe will have put on nine Main Stage productions as well as three special presentations. The children’s program, which is open to ages 8-18, involves twice-a-week theater classes every six weeks that culminate in performances.

Over the years, Repertory has cultivated a loyal audience, Carter said. Prior to COVID-19, there were 250 season ticket holders. That number took a hit when theaters shut down; however, it is beginning to grow back to pre-pandemic levels, Carter said.

Carter runs the theater with her daughters, Laura Alley and Michelle Levall, both of whom direct Main Stage productions. Alley also acts—she recently starred as Morticia Addams in Repertory’s production of “The Addams Family”—and is the director of education for the children’s program.

“My girls grew up in the theater,” Carter said. “They know the professionalism and the work ethic that is essential to this.”

Repertory Company Theatre

770 N. Coit Road, Ste. 2405, Richardson

972-690-5029

www.rcttheatre.com

Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


MOST RECENT

Crust Pizza Co. is opening soon in Montgomery and Willis. (Courtesy Crust Pizza Co.)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: 5 businesses coming to McKinney; Crust Pizza Co. to open two locations in Montgomery, Willis and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 30.

Building.
Element by Westin hotel now open in Richardson

The $22 million hotel features 123 suites over four stories. Each suite offers a fully equipped kitchen and spa-inspired bathrooms.

The median home price in the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto area has risen considerably since last October. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Home sales, costs in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto remain hotter than Greater Austin; Halal Guys opens in Pearland and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 29.

Commissioners on Nov. 22 voted to approve a density change to preliminary plans for The Preserve, a neighborhood that city documents said could include 565 single-family homes at the northeast corner of Teel and Panther Creek Parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Neighborhood near PGA Frisco could see larger lots; ERCOT says Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 24.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
Samsung makes it official: Announcement from Governor's Mansion confirms $17B facility coming to Taylor

Nearly a year after Williamson County officials began pitching Samsung to bring a megafacility to the area, the electronics giant has made it official.

Bill Curci is a chief operating partner for Shuck Me, a seafood restaurant in Fort Worth. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Fort Worth restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric; a guide to Houston's 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 23.

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School students Jariel Sanchez (foreground) and Javier Santacruz Ordonez work on tablets as part of the Pre-K for All program. (Courtesy Richardson ISD)
Growing pre-K program aims to serve more Richardson ISD students

Richardson ISD’s Pre-K for All program is the foundation for all of the district’s academic offerings, according to Superintendent Jeannie Stone.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during Winter Storm Uri in February. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand

The state's electric grid manager also said extreme weather could once again result in outages.

Cable television jewelry channel Shop LC will relocate its headquarters to Cedar Park with a $50 million capital investment. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Shopping network moving headquarters to Cedar Park; affordable housing projects come online in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 22.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is updating around 10,000 bus stop signs as part of its bus network overhaul that will go into effect Jan. 24. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dallas Area Rapid Transit works to update 10K signs as part of bus network overhaul

Riders in Plano and Richardson will see revisions to a number of the cities' routes and services.

Photo of a Moderna vaccine vial
FDA, CDC expand Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster authorizations to all adults

Booster shots could be available to all adults ahead of the holiday season.