About

YOUR COMMUNITY THEATRE

The Blue Slipper Theatre continues its tradition of offering the best in
community theatre as it has for 50 years. The Blue Slipper, located in
the heart of Livingston, Montana’s historic downtown district, produces
four or five full-length productions each season, with a variety of
comedic and dramatic selections included in the annual lineup. The Blue
Slipper hosts touring productions, music, and comedy throughout the year
and offers a holiday variety program to the public free of charge. The
Blue Slipper also hosts a Kids Play-writing Festival in the spring to
give area students the opportunity to write, direct and star in their
own plays.

A VOLUNTEER EFFORT

The Blue Slipper has been a Livingston landmark for the last four
decades. We’re an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and we rely on
season ticket sales, box office revenue, and donations to cover our
production costs and operating expenses. Over the years hundreds of
people have volunteered their time both on stage and behind the scenes.
If you would like to get involved with the Blue Slipper, give us a call
or stop by.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

The Park County Theatre Guild was organized and founded by Livingston
native Don Johns, who was the driving force behind the theatre for
nearly 30 years. Blue Slipper Theatre, Livingston MT Under Johns’
direction, the Guild presented its first play, “A Mighty Man is He,” in
March of 1964 at the Livingston Golf & Country Club. Admission was
$1.50. The roving theatre troupe presented its second play, the
melodrama “Dirty Work at the Crossroads,” at Winans School in May of
1964.

Then in August of 1964, the Guild moved into its first real home at 213
South Main Street. The Guild rented space and remodeled the old
Browning Tool Company building into a theatre. The first play presented
there was “The Heiress” in September of 1964.

In September of 1965, Guild board members chose the name “Blue Slipper
Theatre.” Guild member Klairaine Haskins, who sometimes wore a pair of
blue high heels, suggested the name and it stuck. Grace and Finus
Lewis, who owned several movie theatres in the area, donated the seating
to the Blue Slipper in 1965. Then, in 1966, the theatre Guild received
its biggest gift when contractor Jay McLaughlin gave the Guild a
donation to purchase the Park County News building at 113 East Callender
Street from Fred and Dorothy Martin. The Martins then gave the Guild a
portion of the sale back to fund the remodeling of the building.

Built in 1901 as the original home of the Livingston Post, the building
had always housed either newspapers or printing shops. Work began in
January of 1967, turning the old newspaper office into the Blue
Slipper’s permanent home. The old Livingston Post building was sold to
the Guild and it has been our permanent home ever since.

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