History

Our History

Gibson Southern Theatre

Founded in 1974 by Mrs. Kathy Parks from Haubstadt, IN, Gibson Southern Theatre has grown to be an integral part of Gibson Southern and the surrounding communities. After producing their first production, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Vaudeville debuted the 1975-76 theatre season as a way to raise funds for the spring production. The annual production has grown to be the single largest extracurricular activity of Gibson Southern and a community favorite each fall. Nearly one in four students participate in the Vaudeville production in some way each year.

Each fall, our International Thespian Society also competes in one of the Indiana Regional Conferences with a forty-five minute cutting of a play.  Gibson Southern Theatre’s I.T.S. Chapter was rated best in the state in 2005 with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and 2008 with Between Daylight in Boonville.  We also had the honor of representing Indiana in 2008 and 2013 by performing at the national level by attending the International Thespian Festival hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Each March the Gibson Southern Theatre showcases the best of the department’s talent with their spring musical. With nearly one hundred students participating each year, the production is truly something to make the community proud.

Beginning January 2012, a new tradition was born to close each season.  Gibson Southern Theatre presented it’s first Young Playwrights Project.  Four students each wrote and directed their own thirty-minute play.  The Young Playwrights Project‘s mission is to facilitate the use of playwriting, encourage creative expression and improve literacy, and to support its writers through student driven acting, directing, and designing culminating in public performances.

2013-Present, Director Adam Bledsoe

  • 2016-2017
    • Vaudeville 2016: Deck the Halls
    • The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (ITS Competition)
    • Sister Act
    • Young Playwrights Project 2017
  • 2015-2016
    • Vaudeville 2015: Haunted Hotel
    • Elephant’s Graveyard (ITS Competition)
    • Shrek the Musical
    • Young Playwrights Project 2016
  • 2014-2015
    • Vaudeville 2014: The Academy Presents
    • The Actuality of Henrik (ITS Competition)
    • Mary Poppins
    • Young Playwrights Project 2015
  • 2013-2014
    • Vaudeville 2013: Lost in London
    • The Marriage of Bette & Boo (ITS Competition)
    • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Young Playwrights Project 2014

1996-2013, Director Matt Hart

  • 2012-2013
    • Vaudeville 2012: GSTD Live
    • Legally Blonde: The Musical (ITS Competition)
    • Young Playwrights Project 2013
    • The Phantom of the Opera
  • 2011-2012
    • Vaudeville 2011: Back to the Future
    • Dracula (ITS Competition)
    • Young Playwrights Project 2012
    • Legally Blonde: The Musical
  • 2010-2011
    • Vaudeville 2010: The Roadhouse
    • The Diary of Anne Frank (ITS Competition)
    • Footloose
  • 2009-2010
    • Vaudeville 2009: Under the Sea
    • Almost, Maine (ITS Competition)
    • Beauty & the Beast
  • 2008-2009
    • Vaudeville 2008: Greatest Hits
    • Between Daylight & Boonville (ITS Competition)
    • West Side Story
  • 2007-2008
    • Vaudeville 2007: Cirque
    • Harvey (ITS Competition)
    • Wizard of Oz
  • 2006-2007
    • Vaudeville 2006: Roadtrip
    • The Uninvited (ITS Competition)
    • Les Miserables
  • 2005-2006
    • Vaudeville 2005: Haunted Carnival
    • Mouse that Roared (ITS Competition)
    • Jekyll & Hyde
  • 2004-2005
    • Vaudeville 2004: Vaudeville in Chicago
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (ITS Competition)
    • Seussical
  • 2003-2004
    • Vaudeville 2003: Wish You Were Here
    • The Odd Couple (ITS Competition)
    • Grease
  • 2002-2003
    • Vaudeville 2002: True Colors
    • Steel Magnolias (ITS Competition)
    • Cinderella
  • 2001-2002
    • Vaudeville 2001: USS Titan
    • Fame
  • 2000-2001
    • Vaudeville 2000: Vaudeville 25
    • Footloose
  • 1999-2000
    • Vaudeville 1999: 525,600 Minutes
    • Clue
  • 1998-1999
    • Vaudeville 1998: Titan Choice Awards
    • Charlotte’s Web
  • 1997-1998
    • Vaudeville 1997: The Way We Were
    • Dark & Stormy Night
  • 1996-1997
    • Vaudeville 1996: Puttin’ on the Ritz
    • Into the Woods

1992-1996, Director Holly Hathaway

  • 1995-1996
    • Vaudeville 1995: The Colors of My Life
    • Barnum
  • 1994-1995
    • Vaudeville 1994: Magic to Do
  • 1993-1994
    • Vaudeville 1993: Music of the Night
    • Once Upon a Mattress
  • 1992-1993
    • Vaudeville 1992

1988-1992, Director Anne Muehlbaurer

  • 1991-1992
    • Vaudeville 1991
    • Bye-Bye Birdie
  • 1990-1991
    • Vaudeville 1990
    • Up the Down Staircase
  • 1989-1990
    • Vaudeville 1989
    • Snoopy! The Musical
  • 1988-1989
    • Vaudeville 1988
    • Robber Bridegroom

1974-1988, Director Kathy Parks

  • 1987-1988
    • Vaudeville 1987
    • The Wizard of Oz
  • 1986-1987
    • Vaudeville 1986
    • Babes in Arms
  • 1985-1986
    • Vaudeville 1985
    • Anything Goes
  • 1984-1985
    • Vaudeville 1984
    • George M!
  • 1983-1984
    • Vaudeville 1983
    • South Pacific
  • 1982-1983
    • Vaudeville 1982
    • Oklamona!
  • 1981-1982
    • Vaudeville 1981
  • 1980-1981
    • Vaudeville 1980
    • Once Upon a Mattress
  • 1979-1980
    • Vaudeville 1979
    • The Sound of Music
  • 1978-1979
    • Vaudeville 1978
    • Musica Man
  • 1977-1978
    • Vaudeville 1977
    • The Mouse that Roared
  • 1976-1977
    • Vaudeville 1976: Christmas for Everyone
  • 1975-1976
    • Vaudeville 1975
    • Bits of Broadway
  • 1974-1975
    • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown