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Updated: Oct 14, 2023


Community Little Theatre President Tim Cowan, at left, presents the Eastman Scholarship to Maria Groover, center, and Maddy Dubois before a performance of the recent CLT production of The Little Mermaid. Both recipients have been very active with CLT and were recognized for their dedication and achievement in the performing arts. A 2023 graduate of Leavitt Area High School where she was a Mitchell Institute Scholar and president of the drama club, Groover will be attending Endicott College to major in expressive arts therapy. Dubois just graduated from Edward Little where she served as drama club president and a member of the National Honor Society. She will be heading to Emerson College to major in theatre education. This scholarship is named in memory of Roger and Gertrude Eastman, who were charter members of CLT.

CLT Honors Outstanding Volunteers!

Several CLT stalwarts were honored at the annual meeting held last night at the theater. Artistic Director Celeste Philippon presented Jennifer McClure Groover and Brandon Chaloux with their official director’s chairs in recognition of their successful directorial debuts during CLT’s recently completed 82nd season. Jennifer directed ‘Let It Be’ and Brandon directed “Disaster!’

Honored as the 2022 recipient of the President’s Award was Sarah Chaloux in recognition of her many and invaluable contributions to CLT, such as serving as house manager, show producer, assistant director, and assistant stage manager. Recognized with CLT Volunteer of the Year Awards for their outstanding service to CLT during the past year were Jane Mitchell, board secretary who also served as costumer for three shows during the past season; Britny Anderson, who was set décor for three shows; and John B. Nutting, box office chair, webmaster, and social media manager.

Jennifer McClure Groover was honored for her extraordinary service and leadership as co-executive director of the theater for the past two years. Pictured with Jen are Roger Philippon, who served with Jen during the past year, and Renee Mahon Davis, who is succeeding Jen as co-executive director.




BY ANDREE KEHN / SUN JOURNAL / JANUARY 16, 2022

Julia Groover and Cade Parker finish their makeup Sunday in the green room at the L-A Community Little Theatre in Auburn. The two are actors in the musical “Let It Be,” featuring the music of The Beatles. The show continues next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal


Graci Gillen, playing the part of Lucy Martin, works backstage Sunday with musical director Steve Barter on the song “Let It Be” at the L-A Community Little Theatre in Auburn. Gillen is taking over a part for a cast member who called out sick. The musical, which features music by The Beatles, continues next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal


Director Jennifer McClure Groover addresses cast members backstage Sunday of “Let It Be” at the L-A Community Little Theatre in Auburn. The musical, which features music by The Beatles, is set during the unrest of the 1960s. The show continues next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal


Jude Leaver and Director Jennifer McClure Groover climb the stairs Sunday from the green room to the backstage area at the L-A Community Little Theatre in Auburn before the musical “Let It Be.” Leaver plays one of the leads, Desmond Jones, the father of one of two families on which the musical centers. The show continues next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal