S.K.I.T. Theatre grew out of Dayspring Community Theatre’s desire to be a part of the surrounding community. Dayspring has many attenders who love to express their faith through the arts. Many theatrical productions have graced its stage both as an express of love for Jesus Christ and as an invitation for the community to participate.
In 2007, an invitation came to organize a production of “Narnia” for the community at Salem Riverfest. It was decided that since it was being performed for the whole community, why not have its actors come from the community. Audition notices went out to all Salem/Keizer schools, youth groups, and community centers. Performances were held in July at Dayspring and in September at Salem Riverfest. From one email starting this production, 70 teens came out to audition and over 5,000 people saw the performances. And that was only the beginning.
In 2008, after many emails from teens asking when the next production would happen, the idea to produce Godspell was born. Again, the notices went out and again, the teens auditioned in droves. At the two performances held at Dayspring Fellowshipin May, over 800 people saw the Biblical book of Matthew come to life in a high school setting. None who saw the show will ever look at the book in the same way again.
And so, S.K.I.T. is coming to life.