From the first meeting
in December 1973 of a group of friends who wanted to “do
some musical theatre,” to the cast and crew working
on the current production, we all share in the legacy of
Lyric Theatre. We’ve come a long way in the past three
decades, and we look to our future with an experienced eye.
Lyric’s first production was How to
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The entire budget
for that show was about $9,000. Today, that figure wouldn’t
even cover our royalty costs. We don’t know if the
late W. Howard Delano and the other founders of Lyric Theatre
ever envisioned that we would become one of the largest
community theater groups in the United States; that we
would become a fixture in the Burlington Arts Community;
that we would engender the kind of support and loyal following
we enjoy. In the beginning it was just a dream.
Costumes and Wardrobe, Peter Pan, 2000
Now we look back
over dozens of productions and milestones of achievement.
We have had our ups and downs and a few glorious moments.
At the top of our list is the role we played in 1980 in saving
the Flynn Theatre. Lyric Theatre was instrumental in forming
what was, until recently, the Flynn Theatre for the Performing
Arts, and is now known as the Flynn Center for the Performing
Theatre, Burlington, VT
Since then, we have evolved into something of a hybrid.
Whoever coined the term “show business” knew
what he was talking about. Lyric is part community theater,
part small business, and our further success depends upon
a very clear understanding of those two components.