ABOUT US

OUR STORY

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.

OUR TEAM

Lori Hammer | Artistic Director

The driving force behind SKIT is Lori. She is the token Canadian in the group, having grown up in Toronto, Ontario. For 22 years in Toronto and in Edmonton, Alberta, she sang and acted and danced professionally. She also created her own traveling theatre company, Kindred Spirits, where once actresses-now-moms would perform a 3-season show to play schools and elementary schools. So being a part of the community has been on her heart for a very long time. For Lori, directing “Narnia” seemed to be a one-shot opportunity. But it was on the beginning. “Narnia” led to Godspell which lead to the creation of S.K.I.T. Lori has ceased to question His plans. She wants only to go where He leads. She grew up feeling like an energetic square peg in a round hole. Many people walked alongside her helping her see her value. Lori hopes to the same for the teens of Salem/Keizer. Contact Lori via email.

Kent Wilson | Musical Theatre

A graduate of Corban University in Music Education, Kent’s passion is to work with students. He has played in over 15 pit orchestras in both Oregon and Washington, conducted several of those orchestras, and has taught voice for the past five years. Kent is excited to return to the SKIT production crew.

Kristina Moore | SKIT Vocals

Kristina is from Keizer, Oregon and has been involved with coir for 9 years. She has been with SKIT sine it first started and has participated in other shows at McNary High School and Dayspring Fellowship. She has played the starring roles of Aunt Eller (Oklahoma!), Anita (West Side Story), and Princess Fred (Once Upon A Mattress). Theatre has always held a special place in her heart, but her passion in singing. She loves sharing tht passion with SKIT students and helping them grown in their skills.

Chad Fast | Theatre Tech

Chad is a graduate of West Salem High School’s theatre program. From his sophomore to senior year of high school, he has had a passion for the Theater, but more specifically Technical Theater. Throughout those three years, he specialized in the areas of sound and technology and gained a very good understanding of various audio related scenarios.

Tamara Busch | Acting

Tamara is an alumna of SKIT Theatre. She has been in plays since age 10 (church plays, skits, local homeschool groups) and was in SKIT shows throughout high school. Since graduating, Tamara has helped behind the scenes with 3 plays and plans to help again this season. Her passion is to love on kids and teach them valuable life lessons through theatre. Her hope as their Acting Teacher is to teach them self-confidence and relationship building and give them an outlet to have fun at the same time. Tamara says SKIT’s program changed her life and she is excited to be able to give back to its students.

Tina Hogstrom | Improvisation

Tina has grown up with SKIT since it began 10 years ago. She has done classes, camps, and 9 of their full length productions, like The Little MermaidAnne of Green GablesJames and the Giant Peach, and Oliver. She did 3 shows at Sprague HS as well.  But, her true passion is improv comedy. She is on the main cast team at Capitol City Theater and has now started doing stand up comedy.

Nicole Tea-Pelley | SKIT-L’s Dance

Nicole Tea-Pelley has been performing onstage and working behind the scenes for just over a decade. She is the studio manager as well as a principal dancer at Tippy Toe Dance Studio, where she also debuted her original ballet Ophelia in early 2017. She has been teaching and choreographing for SKIT for a few years now and loves working with the little ones!

Maren Frith | SKIT-L’s Vocals