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Established in 1987, our organization was started with the purpose to bring quality live theatre to artists and audiences in our area.  we are proud to continue that legacy today.  It is our belief that theatre is a life-transforming experience and, accordingly, we seek to provide diverse quality programming to the community at a reasonable cost.

Through the summer of 2010, The Green Room Community Theatre rented space at the Newton-Conover Auditorium.  Massive growth in Green Room programs and needs had caused the Board of Directors to mount a Capital Campaign in 2008 to fund a permanent home for the theatre.  With generous support from Bob and Michele McCreary, as well as others in the community, the old Newton Post Office located on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton was acquired and renovated into the Old Post Office Playhouse.  The Green Room moved into its brand new, state-of-the-art facility and mounted its first show there, The King and I, on October 8th, 2010.

From its humble beginning of two shows per season, The Green Room has matured, and currently, we offer twelve productions between our Main Stage and Black Box Theatre each season. Our main-stage productions include one all-youth show and one or more “family” shows involving roles for all ages so that families can participate in play production together. Diverse, non-traditional casting is encouraged in all our productions.

In addition, we present “Shakespeare in the Park” each season as well as a full-scale second-stage production (usually with an all-youth cast). We also offer a one-week summer Shakespeare drama camp for youth and weekly after-school acting classes for grades K-12. A troupe of adult actors, known as The Green Bean Players, presents classic fairy tales targeted to K-6 audiences each semester and has toured their performances throughout the community. These Green Bean productions, as well as several other shows each season, are offered to area students as school field trips giving the opportunity to attend live theatre to many children who, otherwise, might not be able to have such an experience.

The Green Room Community Theatre has experienced great success since its inception. All age groups attend, perform, create, teach, or volunteer in more than two dozen performances and programs every year. Because its mission is to make live theatre accessible to all, The Green Room offers many free programs, school discounts, financial aid, and scholarships including the Mary Catherine Shivers Scholarship mentioned above. Our total participation in FY13-14 for all of our events including main-stage and second-stage productions, youth program enrollment, volunteers, and community and fund-raising events surpassed 30,000.

Our Team

Sherry Edmonds Butler

Sherry Edmonds Butler

Executive Director

Sherry Edmonds Butler has served as the Executive Director of The Green Room since August 2004, but her ties to the theatre go back to 1997 when she began volunteering, eventually taking a seat on the Board of Directors.   She was honored to be at the helm during a successful capital campaign to finance the expansion and reconfiguration of the former United States Post Office on Newton’s Courthouse Square to become the theatre’s permanent home now known as the Old Post Office Playhouse.

Sherry is a native of Catawba County and graduated from Fred T Foard in 1978 and earned an Associate in Science in Electromechanical Engineering degree from Catawba Valley Technical College in 1980.  She served on the Catawba County School Board for 17 years and currently serves as a Catawba County Commissioner.  Always one to give back to her community, she has always been active in her church and has also served on the Board of Health and as a volunteer for both the Meals on Wheels program and for the United Way.

Sherry was married for more than 28 years to the late Michael Butler.  Her two sons are now married and have children of their own.  Garry and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of Clara Jane and Anna, and William and his wife Jennifer have one son, Gabe.

John David Brown III

John David Brown III

Creative Director

John David Brown III is the Creative Director at The Green Room Community Theatre. With a background in Theatre Education, David started The Green Room’s Creative Works after-school drama program. He also cofounded The Green Room Summer Shakespeare Theatre Institute and is a founding member of The Green Bean Players. David has directed and codirected many shows at The Green Room including Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. He is also a playwright (The Clockmaker’s Child, Isabella at the Circus, The Quirky Quest to Find the Unicorn’s Ukulele) and costume designer (MTA Award winner for Into The Woods 2012) David also designs the show posters at The Green Room and the quarterly newsletter.

Originally from Mount Olive, North Carolina, David has a degree in Theatre Education from Appalachian State University with an English endorsement and a concentration in elementary arts. He also has an associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Catawba Valley Community College. He has participated in the Shakespeare Lives program with North Carolina School of the Arts and the Keenan Institute through which he spent time studying at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

When he is not working at the theatre, David can be found in his art studio. He is a painter and illustrator. He paints whimsical storybook style pieces of art. He has also illustrated a children’s book No, No, Miss Kitty Kat by Michele McCreary and created a companion board game to his play The Quirky Quest to Find the Unicorn’s Ukulele.

Cathy Sigman Banner

Cathy Sigman Banner

Administrative Assistant

Cathy Sigman Banner joined The Green Room staff in 2008 as a part-time Administrative Assistant which quickly grew to a full-time position as programs were added and the move was made to the Old Post Office Playhouse.  She has also served as Musical Director for at least two shows each season since then, but her association with The Green Room actually began in 1988 when she played for the theatre’s first production of Grease.  She had the honor of being onstage in several shows before joining the staff (Anne of Green Gables (2003), Camelot (2003), The Sound of Music (2004), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2005), Fiddler on the Roof (2005), and The Secret Garden (2007)). She also served as instructor for a Musical Theatre class as part of the Creative Works afterschool classes. Cathy is quick to admit that her daughter’s involvement with The Green Room pulled her in as well!

Cathy is a native of Catawba County who attended Bunker Hill High School and earned her Bachelors of Music in Voice from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She served many years in church music as choir director, organist, working with children and handbell groups, and directing or playing for many Christmas programs and church plays.  She has taught voice and piano lessons since she was in high school, but her most beloved career has been that of wife to Randy and “Mom” to Matthew, Christina, and Jonathan.  She is thankful for the Lord’s many blessings in her life and seeks to honor Him in all that she does.

Haley Beech

Haley Beech

Box Office and Marketing Manager

Haley Edwards Beech is the Marketing Director at The Green Room Community Theatre.  The Old Post Office Playhouse feels like “home” to her, because she grew up spending lots of time at her grandparents Furniture Store, located on the square.  She remembers walking the block to the old P.O. to check Box 405 and collect the mail.  Sweet memories still flood her mind as she enters the building daily.

Haley is a native of Catawba County who graduated from Bandys High School in 1995.  She graduated from Meredith College in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in music (Voice).  She led worship & played guitar for the college ministry, Cru, all 4 of her years at Meredith/NCSU.     Haley has a big heart for Education and has volunteered at Tuttle Elementary serving several years as PTO President.  She also was contracted as a Tutor there for the last 3 years.  Most recent, Haley was elected to the Board of Directors for the Catawba County School Education Foundation.

Haley has been married to Jason for more than 18 years.  They met in Branson, MO on a Summer Mission Project with Campus Crusade for Christ.  After graduating from college, they went on staff with “Cru” and lived in Wilmington, NC for several years.  Her biggest job is being “Mama” to 2 energetic boys, Landon and Gabriel.  It was Gabriel who introduced her to theatre when he got involved at The Green Room in the Second Grade.   He urged her to audition and she made her debut performance in “The Dixie Swim Club.”  She is the Greens Room’s newest employee and she is thrilled to be a part of such a great & talented team.

Jonathan Banner

Jonathan Banner

Technical Director

Jonathan Randal Banner is the Technical Director for The Green Room Community Theatre. He has been with the Theatre full time since the spring of 2014, but he has a long history with The Green Room. He’s done everything from being an Actor, to being a Stage Manager, volunteering for set construction, and even managing the prop storage. To say he grew up in the Green Room would be an understatement. Though he has many roles as Technical Director, you are most likely to catch him behind the sound board during a musical.

Jonathan was born and raised here in Catawba County, while he did spend some time in private Preschools, he’s entire Grade, Middle, and High School education was done in Homeschool. He credits his Homeschooling with being able to participate in so many Green Room Shows during his teenage years. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in the fall of 2013, with a Bachelors of Arts in Tech Theatre. In addition to working at the theatre he spends his time hiking, drawing, and various other artistic endeavors. He is always tinkering with something and always has a few projects in the works.

David Townsend

Costume Shop Manager

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