The Broadway Players will perform entertaining and thought provoking productions for our community and provide educational opportunities.
The company was originally established on June 23, 2003.
Board of Directors
Kristofor L. Schmidt
Kris is an August 2011 addition to the GCTC Board of Directors. A lifelong Gibson County resident, he resides in Princeton with wife Jennifer and children Luke and Zoey. Kris was involved in several stage productions at PCHS until graduation in 1997. After years of artistic absence he was recruited to fill an open cast slot in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Since then he has continued a stage presence in several shows with the company. Passion for the arts has grown and interest has broadened from acting to more involvement behind the scenes. The bug has spread to son Luke who has enjoyed two seasons with the children’s summer drama camp and an appearance in The King and I alongside his father. Mr. Schmidt is proud to call this area his home. He feels the arts are a very important part of life and this community is a very accepting and supportive place for theatre. The talent just keeps coming!
Vice President / Artistic Director
Since her first show in 6th grade, Maria has had a passion for theatre. She was an active thespian throughout high school and college, having mostly contributed as a performer, a props mistress, and in costuming, but willing to lend a helping hand anywhere. Maria graduated from Murray State University in 1998 with a BA in vocal music. Maria and Mike Weaver married in 2000. They live in Haubstadt with their children, Megan, Michael, Will, and Mia. A native of Evansville, Maria was proud to make Gibson County her home. After almost ten years off of the stage, Maria auditioned for GCTC in 2008 for Into the Woods, where she portrayed the Witch. Since then, she has participated in several GCTC productions on and off stage. Maria is delighted to assist the board in this next chapter in GCTC’s future!
Judy relocated to this area due to Randy's, her husband, job with Toyota. Randy and Judy have two adult married children. Rachel and her husband, James, who live in Brownsburg Indiana. Also, Caleb and his wife, Mariah, who live in El Paso Texas. She is expecting her second grandchild in January 2017. Before moving to this area Judy taught school for 23 years in Murray Kentucky. Since coming to Indiana she has worked as a classroom assistant and drove a South Gibson School Bus. After leaving the school system she obtained her real estate license. She is currently associated with F C Tucker Emge as a realtor as well as a substitute bus driver. She has a passion for doTERRA certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils and also loves to help with the theater. Judy was an assistant stage manager for Arsenic & Old Lace and feel in love with process of a production and meet many great friends. She is usually behind the scenes somewhere, it could be behind the stage or in the concession window.
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Celeste Walker grew up in Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in history from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. During a study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia she met Melvin Walker whom she later married. She and Melvin spent seven years in Southern California where they had their two children, Desmond and Olivia. In 2001 they relocated to Princeton, IN to be closer to family. Celeste currently teaches at Princeton Community Middle School. She initially got involved in theatre by auditioning and getting the role of Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in GCTC’s production of M*A*S*H*. Since then Celeste has been involved in many roles in GCTC productions. She has also served as coordinator for Gibson County Youth Drama Camp.
Amy is a new board member as of August 2016. She became active with the Broadway Players in 2015 with the production of Gypsy. She has put her past 20 years of dance experience to use in order to help choreograph the last couple of musicals and enjoys helping backstage as much as possible; although you never know when the director will randomly decide to dress her up and stick her on stage. She is originally from Union City, Indiana and relocated to Princeton in 2008. Amy graduated from Manchester College with a B.A. degree in Business Management, but is currently working in Human Resources.
Gary L. Schmidt
A long-time supporter of the theatre, Gary joined the board in the fall of 2013. Newly retired after 39 years of corn breeding with Dupont Pioneer, Gary is looking forward to lending a hand on theatre productions. Gary and wife Terra (who maintains the courthouse clock), have three children, Karl, who works for the University of Oklahoma, Kristofor, who works at Toyota and is also on the theatre board, and Karen, who is recently married and works at the Copper Canyon restaurant in Albuquerque, NM. The Schmidts also have two grandchildren, Luke and Zoey.
Lori is married to Vance Lloyd, Sr and mother to Vance Lloyd Jr and Cody Lloyd. Lori is a life-long Gibson County resident and graduated from Oakland City University with a B.S. in Management. Lori has worked for Toyota Tsusho America, Inc since 2003, recently as a Senior Project Specialist. Lori began working with Broadway Players in September 2015. Since then, she has worked with props and been on stage for 3 Broadway Players productions. This is Lori's first foray into theater and she's brought a lot of enthusiasm and passion to each production.
Ray has been involved with Broadway Theatre (formerly GCTC) since 2008. He has primarily worked backstage but has started helping on lights over the past year. Ray, his husband Bill, three boys Cameron, Caleb and Carson all live here in Princeton. Ray is the Directory of Administration for PMR Healthcare in Evansville. Ray is excited to be back on the board after a couple of years of break.
Since she was a child, Kara has had a passion for the arts and theatre. She began her acting career in elementary school, and blossomed as a stage performer in high school thanks to the mentoring and direction of Leslie Morgan. After that she joined the Broadway Players (formerly known as GCTC) in 2008 and has been an active member since - whether it be acting, directing, costuming, or running sound. When Kara isn't at the theater she can be found at R'z Cafe where she currently works as a server, or at home with her boyfriend Trace, and their two cats, Obi-Wan Catnobi and Padme Meowmidala.
Carl moved to Gibson County in 2011 in order to start an organic farm. Shortly afterwards, he and his wife attended The Broadway Players production of “The Regifters,” and have been fans ever since, rarely missing a show. He was involved in theatre in high school, and was a member of the International Thespian Society. After retiring from the military in 2016, Carl began to audition for parts, and has been in four productions, to date. He is also a musician, singer, and songwriter. He became a member of the board in September 2018, and strongly believes that the arts are very important to the quality of life in any community.