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.
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.
Jennifer started working with the Broadway Players on productions in 2014 and has held a few different roles with them including actress, stage manager, producer and treasurer and currently marketing director. She lives in Princeton with her husband Chris who is very active in the theatre as well mostly running sound and acting from time to time in shows. Jennifer works at The Barthel Agency here in Princeton, where she works as an insurance agent, a career that has been good to her for almost 20 years now. She plans to continue in theatre as long as possible and hopes to help make The Princeton Theatre & Community Center a great success!
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.
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.
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.
The Pants Up Players (PuP), the improvisational troupe of Broadway Players, was formed in 2011 by members of Broadway Players interested in improvisational theatre. They try to meet once a month and work through improvisational scenes in the hopes of eventually refining their art to a level worthy of live audiences. When the Broadway Players move into their newly remodeled Princeton Theatre, the PuP troupe plans to regularly offer improv shows to the general public. This is an adult troupe, for performers 18 and older.
The Pants Up Players Improvisational Troupe has been proud to assist the Princeton Police Department in its annual training sessions for the last two years. It’s a way for us to help our community with something we love and enjoy. The PuPs address issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and child abuse.