In celebration of its 50th anniversary season, May 1987, Dixie Brown directed Winnie-The-Pooh. With a cast of 46 youth and many more helping behind the scenes, this production returned Children's Theatre to its original purpose of offering theatre for and by children.
Brown, a native of Kansas, received a Bachelor’s from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in speech and theatre and Master’s in acting and directing from the University of Kansas. She taught theatre in public schools in Kansas and taught stagecraft at Topeka High.
The Brown’s moved to Terre Haute in 1984. In addition to directing Children’s Theatre, Dixie was Executive Director of Leadership Wabash Valley from 1991-2010.
Dixie has continued to enjoy directing the spring production every year since 1989. Her family also became involved in the organization. Her daughters Alison and Valerie both participated in productions and return to Terre Haute annually to be a part of the audience. While living, her husband Tom helped build sets and was recognized by the organization for his volunteer work. And since his birth, grandson Preston Thomas travels from Tennessee to see the shows (and sometimes dance in the aisles).
In 2011, CT brought in Ted Compton to direct the Fall Production. Children’s Theatre was on the cusp of celebrating their 75th Anniversary, and bringing in Ted Compton, a former alumni of Children’s Theatre productions is a testament to the lasting beneficial impression this organization had on Ted’s childhood. Ted lists Dixie Brown, who directed Ted in the 1995 CT production of Sleeping Beauty, as one of his favorite theatrical mentors. Ted continues to direct the fall production to this date, as well as overseeing the Children’s Theatre’s summer workshop program.
Compton, a native of Terre Haute, received a Bachelor of Science, with a focus in Theatrical Direction and playwriting, from Indiana State University. Ted has been active in many local theatre groups and has directed professionally both in Muncie, Indiana and for a theatrical camp in New York. At Indiana State University, Ted was among the founding members of FUSION, a group of theatre students who brought theatre education and workshops to the Terre Haute area. In the spring of 2011, Ted founded On the Line Productions, a licensed non-profit theatre group, focused in awareness and community building. On The Line Productions has made donations to The C.A.N.D.L.E.S Holocaust Museum as well as The Will Center.
In his mind, Theatre means family, and Ted’s family is also very active in theatre. Ted’s wife Amelia has assistant directed, and continues to maintain the website. Ted and Amelia are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Cecilia and Felicity, who both have a flair for theatrics and are both very familiar faces at Children’s Theatre.