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It all began in 1985 when current President, Victor Funderburk, called twenty area residents and invited them to an organizational meeting to form a community theatre group right here in Windham. In May of 1985, over twenty people gathered upstairs in the Willimantic Public Library and the Windham Theatre Guild was born. The WTG's first show was The Frog's Alive in '85, a collection of skits and Broadway songs that ran for two performances at Windham High School. The original plan was to produce one show a year in the summer at the high school, but the show's success inspired members of the new organization to go out into the community and look for a venue to try dinner theatre in Windham. Thus, the alliance with the Pulaski American Citizens Club began.
Before anyone knew what hit them, the Guild was producing three or four shows a year and drawing hundreds of people to its performances. Over the years the WTG gypsies wandered around town rehearsing and producing shows wherever they could find space. As the Guild grew larger and performance space became more difficult to find, the WTG began the search for a permanent home. After several years of searching, planning and fundraising the Burton Leavitt Theatre became a reality, having it's grand opening on September 6, 2003.
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