Brave Community Theatre has been involved with a variety of changes, plans and new ideas.

"BCT is pleased to announce we have two new members, Craig Cornell and Polly Kellogg-Bradley," said Maria Klingsheim, BCT board president. "They have contributed a great deal to BCT and we look forward to their input in years to come. It's good to get new views and thoughts."

The workings of the nonprofit theater are governed by a seven member board of directors that includes Rita Hartert, Jeff Thauwald, Carol Gross and founder of BCT, Debi Neville.

"Through the years, we have grown and become more active. This is our 41st season and we are busier than ever," said treasurer Jeff Thauwald.

BCT has chosen the musical, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" for the Ag Days musical Aug. 14 to 17. Novella Meisner will direct. Auditions have been held.

"It's not the Disney version," Meisner said." It's delightful for all ages. I am looking for a few more people to round out a great cast."

Many volunteer opportunities are available including set construction and painting (very little if any experience required), assistance with sound and light (will train), ticket sales, costume sewing, publicity, the list goes on. "If you would like to become involved in a little or a big way, we can really use your help," said Klingsheim. "

Something brand new is being offered this summer. A Kidz Kamp for ages 5 to 13 will be held in August.

"We have seen a great deal of interest from the younger sector of Spring Valley any time we have a show that includes kids. The board also recognizes the need to offer an opportunity for theater education and performance," said Hartert. "Last year we assessed the previous 40 years and made a few resolutions. The top of our list was the decision to have young people's theater a priority."

The Kidz Kamp, which runs Aug. 5 to 9 and continues Aug. 12 and 13, will culminate in the presentation of a short play to be performed before the main stage production during Ag Days. The cost for the seven-day Kamp is $30.

Ashley Cleveland and Debi Neville, will be instructors for the Kamp.

"We have it broken into age groups for individual classes and then all classes will come together to do the final presentation of an original script: 'The 7 Dwarfs; the Next Generation,' which will be fun for the actors and audience alike," said Cleveland.

The Kids Kamp will take place at the high school library and is in conjunction with Kingsland Community Education. Those interested can register through Kingsland Community Education. More information is available by contacting Neville at

"Busier than ever, proactive, offering many new opportunities to become involved; BCT is an example of the old adage, 'You're not getting older; you're getting better,'" said Neville.

BCT encourages a visit to its website: for the latest news in theatre. Area arts organizations are invited to post their news on the site as well.