Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe was started on a snowy night in November 1982. A small group met in a home and with their dreams, talent and hard work, the Troupe opened on Scandinavian Days, June 1983 with is first production of George M. Cohen’s “Forty Five Minutes from Broadway”.
Costumes were scavenged from attics, basements, a reverse garage sale, friends and spouses gathered to paint and build, a singing group donated their small sound system and the Troupe performed in a gymnasium.
From that first moment on stage, we knew the Judge was destined to thrive in Story City.
We progressed to the Story City Grand Opera house after its wonderful rehabilitation in 1988. Bringing the then movie theater back to its original glory as an Opera House meant we could use the restored orchestra pit for our musicals as well as the historic backstage, and dressing rooms.
We added Dinner Theaters in 1986 and Children’s Theater for the Yulefest Celebration in 1987.
The Troupe continues to look for new shows, directors and actors to carry on the tradition of Community Theater at its finest.