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About  |  Our History

Rich in history and heart for 50+ years

And for many more to come

About Stage Crafters

For over 50 years, Stage Crafters Community Theatre (Florida's oldest all-volunteer community theatre) and its all-volunteer members have maintained a successful and rewarding partnership with the greater Fort Walton Beach area citizens, bringing the performing art of live theater to the area through our four-show “Main Stage” seasons, "One Act" performances, school programs, and nonprofit fundraising performances. Over 12,000 volunteers have learned and sharpened their skills which expand and enhance their marketable life skills. We have enriched the community experience with live theatre already reaching more than 350,000 audience members and are looking forward to growing for the next 50 years!

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Our Mission

We promote artistic expression and community spirit through live community theatre, by producing interesting, entertaining, and cultural plays, musicals, and other forms of entertainment for our public to encourage creative effort in theatre arts. We train actors, directors, producers, and technical personnel. As a community-based organization, we also provide support to other civic organizations and charitable needs by donating time, talent, expertise, materials and equipment. We provide a safe and much needed outlet for the community to interact, learn, and practice the performing arts at no cost.

Our Background

In 1972, after a five-year hiatus, the actors from the Playground Players found their way back to the local stage with the creation of Stage Crafters. That first season consisted of two shows“Everybody Loves Opal'', which was performed in the Fort Walton Beach High School Auditorium, and the second show, “Never Too Late”, which was performed in the Civic Auditorium (and was directed by a familiar character in our group, who at the time was just a newcomer to the area, Nancy Kruzek). Although we are in our 52nd season and many things have changed, many things have remained in place. Today’s organization knows that without the efforts of the Playground Players, the foundation on which they built and their dedication to theatre, Stage Crafters would not be here today. We thank all of the Playground Players wherever they may be. Stage Crafters has managed to thrive over the last 50 years and in 2023, the organization, with the help and support of the community, has finally purchased our forever home!

Travel through Stage Crafters' history

To view full albums of our past shows, visit our Facebook page.

Our History Keepers

See the faces of our fearless leaders that pour their hearts and souls into volunteering to keep Stage Crafters' history alive for the past, present, and future.

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"Stage Crafters is evolving...

...and after over half a century in operation, we are still a force; driven by purpose to entertain the community we love."

David Chancellor, President

Looking towards the future

Check in regularly to see what exciting events we have coming up!

  • The Mousetrap Auditions Night One
    The Mousetrap Auditions Night One
    Mon, Apr 01
    Fort Walton Beach
    Apr 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Fort Walton Beach, 40 Robinwood Dr SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA
    Apr 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Fort Walton Beach, 40 Robinwood Dr SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA
    For almost 70 years, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats, and now it's coming to Stage Crafters' main stage! Doors open and script perusal at 6:00pm Auditions begin at 6:30pm
  • The Mousetrap Auditions Night Two
    The Mousetrap Auditions Night Two
    Tue, Apr 02
    Fort Walton Beach
    Apr 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Fort Walton Beach, 40 Robinwood Dr SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA
    Apr 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Fort Walton Beach, 40 Robinwood Dr SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA
    For almost 70 years, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats, and now it's coming to Stage Crafters' main stage! Doors open and script perusal at 6:00pm Auditions begin at 6:30pm
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