PCT: A Brief History

Pickerington Community Theatre (PCT) was founded in February 2006 by Melvin Spring and a group of 60 individuals who attended a meeting at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church to gauge interest. After determining there was enough community and city support, the group selected Pickerington as its home base.

PCT received a $1,000-loan from POP Arts as seed money to stage its first show. Under the direction of Melvin Spring, Cheaper by the Dozen opened in October of 2006 at The Violet Grange Hall on Lockville Road in Olde Pickerington, and featured a cast of nearly 20 people ranging in ages from five to 60 years old.

The company called The Violet Grange Hall home for four years before moving to Pickerington Community Church on Diley Road in 2010. In 2012, PCT began producing a big summer musical at the Heritage Theater. Willy Wonka was the inaugural production on this stage. In 2015, beginning with its production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, PCT relocated again — this time to Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church on Old Diley Road. After producing shows at Epiphany Lutheran Church and the Heritage Theater, PCT now presents productions at the Wigwam Theater.

For the first several years of its existence, the company produced three-show seasons. Today, PCT offers four shows a year, a traveling improv/dinner-theater group, and an annual picnic.