During the fall of 1975, several groups of Forest Lake residents began to talk about the idea of community theatre in our area. For some time, people from the communities that make up our constituency area had participated in other theatres, notably the Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake. These conversations and aspirations planted an idea.
The wishes of a few soon became the talk of many at neighborhood coffee meetings. Informal discussion allowed the idea to crystallize and capture the enthusiasm of the community. The feasibility was formally examined at a public meeting held in February of 1976. Public acceptance at this initial meeting gave rise to a Steering Committee of fifteen people, which was later declared the first Board of Directors. At a public meeting in November of 1976, the MASQUERS THEATRE COMPANY was officially established.
Since its inception, MASQUERS THEATRE COMPANY has embraced the communities of Forest Lake, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Taylors Falls, Scandia, Marine on St. Croix, Hugo, Wyoming, North Branch, and the surrounding rural areas of Isanti, Chisago, Anoka, and northern Washington Counties. Board representation is also cross-sectional in terms of geographic location, age and occupation.
We have come of age. The area communities and their theatre are grateful to the School Board of District 831 for the use of the Forest Lake High School auditorium, a spacious and comfortable facility. We thank area businesses and patron’s donations reflective of community support.