Our History

It was the 1950's and a group of civic-minded women were pondering the idea that children should have the opportunity to be exposed to live theatre, regardless of their family's ability to pay. They realized that the closest theatre offerings were in Denver, over an hour away. So, they decided to create Fort Collins Children’s Theatre (FCCT), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people together in the mission to provide quality live theatre for the children and families of Northern Colorado.


A Board of Directors was formed and they began producing live theatre in Fort Collins for a diverse audience of children and those young-at-heart. In 1978 FCCT had the honor of being the first local theatre group to stage a show on the Main Stage of the Lincoln Center with their production of Sleeping Beauty. In addition to The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre has brought theatre magic to life on stages throughout the Front Range, including Colorado State University’s Johnson Hall and some of Poudre School District’s school auditoriums.

During the early 1980's the Board of Directors started a summer program for children aged 9-12, called the Peanut Butter Players, which ran for several weeks and ended with a short exhibit. Later, the summer program 'Jam Revue' was added for children aged 12-15 years. During this program the participants had the opportunity to act, learn technical skills, and experience the business of theatre backstage. Today FCCT typically runs three summer programs for youth.

With more than 60 years of service to Northern Colorado, we are able to reflect on the founders of our organization and all that they created as a legacy to our community. In addition to these inspiring women, countless other volunteers and professionals have made this organization what it is today. To them all we owe our deepest gratitude and most enthusiastic applause.

The Debbie Dixon Endowment Fund

A collaboration with the Community Foundation.


Debbie Dixon, long time production manager and patron of Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, passed away in January of 2015. A Stephen Sondheim line says “To die loved is to have lived.” Debbie certainly was and did. Her dance across earth’s stage couldn’t have been more full of life and love, and of course, music.

Debbie lived her passion; her occupation and vocation seamlessly integrated, from the Lincoln Center box office to Company member of Foothills Civic, Mostlies and Openstage theatres, to production coordinator for Opera Ft. Collins and FCCT, to enthusiastic audience member. Her roles were many and varied as she wove her particular and unique colors into the tapestry of Ft. Collins’ Performing Arts Community; Singer, actress, producer, patron, techie, props mistress, planner, board member, fund-raiser, grant writer, archivist, historian, writer, editor, muse, and more rolled up into one incredible bundle of energy. Her legacy is evident in all of us who were touched, encouraged and inspired by the beautiful song that was her life.

In her honor, FCCT has set up an endowment fund with the Community Foundation under her name. With your donations, her memory and dreams for FCCT remain vibrant and secures our future of bringing quality, live musical theatre to the children and families of our wonderful community.