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.

Kristina Moore | SKIT Vocals | SKIT Musical Theatre

Kristina is from Keizer, Oregon and has been involved with choir for 9 years. She has been with SKIT since 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 is singing. She loves sharing that passion with SKIT students and helping them grow in their skills.

Alyssa Johnson | SKIT Musical Theatre

Alyssa has lived in Keizer/Salem all her life and been in theatre as long as she can remember. She has taught both SKIT and SKIT-L’s classes, as well as summer camps. She has been in many shows with SKIT and McNary High School over the past 10 years including Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), Our Town (Emily Webb), and Oliver (Nancy). Without theatre, Alyssa believes she would not be the person she is today, and she can’t wait to share her love and enthusiasm for it with her students!

Tina Hogstrom | SKIT Improvisation | SKIT-L’s Acting

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.

Katie Karnes | SKIT Acting

Katie started working in theatre as a rookie stage manager for a children’s Sunday school program at church on Sunday Mornings; but she discovered her passion for theatre in college when she auditioned for a show her freshman year at Western Baptist College (Corban University). Since then she has acted in plays at both Corban University and Pentacle Theatre, directed high school students and adults in a worship setting, assistant directed several plays and directed two plays at Corban University. After taking a hiatus from theatre to be a mom to three beautiful girls, Katie is excited to be teaching theatre to energetic young people again.

Maren Frith | SKIT-L’s Vocals

Maren’s background is in theater as well as musical theater. She started  vocal training at the age of 12 and carried it through her two years of college at Linn-Benton, where she participated in plays such as Winnie the Pooh and Charlie’s Aunt. She was invited and adjudicated at the University of Oregon in 1995 in classical music. Maren started doing theater as a youngster with the program Salem School of Performing Arts, having stared in various plays with the group; such as Annie and Peter Pan. There she starting helping assistant direct as well. In 2007, she started teaching preschool and in 2009, took over teaching preschool music. Maren appreciates teaching children the love of music as well as musical theater. In her spare time she is busy taking care of her three busy children. Maren has enjoyed teaching music at SKIT-L’s, as this will be her 8th year, and is looking forward to a great season!

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!

Joseph Kraft | SKIT Stage Combat

Joe has over 20 years experience in theater, ranging from acting, directing, stage combat, and more. He has overseen and choreographed fights for several short films, numerous plays including “The Odyssey,” and “Alice” at Corban University, and has taught at theater camps such as STAGES in Corvallis and Corban University.  And, best of all, he got married this summer!