Todd Davison, Artistic Director for Maples Repertory Theatre, recalls his first season of running the theatre like it was yesterday.
"We produced only three shows that first summer," said Davison with a laugh. "'Annie Get Your Gun' was probably bigger than we should have attempted, especially with 93 costumes and one costumer, but we made it through."
Now, 10 years later, the Maples Repertory Theatre has produced more than 50 shows and is still going strong.
"It is hard to believe that it has already been 10 years," said Davison. "We have certainly improved every aspect of the theatre both as a business and as an artistic endeavor."
The theatre started in 2004 after Davison got a group of individuals together to talk and see if a professional theatre in Macon were even possible.
"We had a series of meetings and ultimately decided to try it," said Davison. "There were certainly surprises along the way, but much of the original intent for the theatre has become a reality."
Popular Maples Rep shows have included "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady," "High School Musical" and "Church Basement Ladies".
Actors, actresses, directors, technicians and designers from across the U.S. come to Macon to work at Maples Rep. "The most important part of theatre is people," said Davison. "I saw about 1,400 auditions this year in St. Louis, Memphis and Philadelphia when I was hiring the 2013 company. Being able to choose from such a large pool of talented people means the caliber of performance is on par with regional theatres from much bigger cities."
This year's season opened on Wednesday, June 19 with the musical "Chicago."
"I am proud to be able to offer professional theatre in rural Missouri," said Davison. "I grew up in Macon and believe that just because people live in rural areas doesn't mean they don't appreciate and enjoy art. I look forward to see where we go from here."