About Us

The Scott Valley Theatre Company (SVTC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to utilizing Etna’s historic Avery Theatre for the cultural enrichment of Scott Valley and the surrounding areas. Donated to the city of Etna by the generous Avery family, this theatre was the movie hub of the valley for decades and now has been converted to an exciting live performance space. The Avery Theatre, a raked house, seats nearly three hundred and features a large stage and excellent acoustics.  It is the goal of the Scott Valley Theatre Company Board to offer enriching cultural, community, theatrical and musical experiences to the people of our area.

Etna High School is privileged to be able to utilize the full-service theatrical facilities at the the Avery for their live student productions. Successful high school productions staged at Avery in the past were Our Town, Tartuffe, Bye Bye Birdie, The Apple Tree, Shakespeare, Abridged and Arsenic and Old Lace and You Can’t Take it With You. In addition to plays, every February the high school stages “Improv. Night”  modeled after the hilarious television show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” There is always a spring offering in May which includes the Etna High Choir and Drama Department.  The Scott Valley Unified School District hosts a yearly talent show for all elementary students. Look for this show in March!

In the last year, the SVTC/Avery hosted a number of professional, community and college groups. Clarence Barger and the College of the Siskiyous Big Band stormed the stage in December along with the annual Fire Department Musical Fundraiser and the first annual “Meet the Author” event. November was busy with “Cowboy Poetry” benefiting the Valley Oaks Seniors. SPAC and SVTC co-sponsored the hit drama Spoon River  in September. Sedge Thompson and the nationally syndicated radio show WEST COAST LIVE, appeared on the Avery stage in July in conjunction with the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival. The College of the Siskiyous brought bands, choirs and traveling theater shows. Last May, the Avery rocked with the dynamic “girl group” Blame Sally.  Also in May, the second annual “Big Bellies” Belly Dance concert brought a riot of dance, music and colorful costumes to the Avery.  Celtic storyteller John Doan peformed music and stories from the Emerald Isle in November.   The SVTC produces everything from Cowboy Poetry to Bluegrass to Heavy Metal to Classical.

The SVTC is committed to show-casing both local and professional talent.  The community-wide Acoustic Night always draws a crowd as neighbors come to see their friends perform acoustic music. Look for the next Acoustic Night in April of 2012 and contact one of the board members to get on the list to perform.

The SVTC is expanding, and looking for your talents.  We want to offer more performances both amateur and professional and we invite anyone who would like to produce a show to contact us and we will work with you to make it happen. If you are inclined to work behind the scenes, the SVTC invites you to assist with costumes, lights, sound, set, directing, stage and house managing. Remember, there are no small parts nor tech jobs too insignificant!  Look for audition notices both here and in the local papers and take a chance with us!

Or, if you just can’t wait, please click on “contact us” and send us an e-mail. Get involved in The Scott Valley Theatre Company!