FAQs for Emerald Coast Theatre Company
What is the Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC)?
ECTC is a leading producer of high quality professional theater serving the Destin and Emerald Coast communities. It serves the cultural arts needs of the adult community and supplements the children’s performing arts education in area schools. ECTC is a non-profit 501(c)3 that is overseen by a board of directors. It pays its artistic and operational staff. ECTC is a member of the national professional theatre organization of Theater Communications Group and a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Where is the theater?
ECTC is located at 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite 200 in Miramar Beach. The entrance is on the south side of the building facing Highway 98. It is above the Williams Sonoma Store and across from Cantina Laredo. There are stairs and an elevator to access the theatre on the second floor.
How was ECTC established?
It was founded by Nathanael and Anna Fisher in October of 2012. Nathanael was born in Tampa and grew up on the Suncoast. He was working as Spiderman at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in 2002 when he met Anna. Anna is a Destin native born and raised, and a lot of her family lives in the area. After living in Orlando for a few years and then attending graduate school in Virginia Beach (Anna has a Masters in Theatre Studies, Nathanael has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting), Anna and Nathanael moved back to Santa Rosa Beach in 2012 with their three daughters. They wanted to get involved in the arts scene and ended up getting connected with Marcia Hull at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Demetrius Fuller with Sinfonia. After consulting with both of them and investigating the availability of theatre arts here on the Emerald Coast, it became clear that at that time in Okaloosa and Walton Counties there were no opportunities for children in elementary school and only one opportunity in Okaloosa County for middle schoolers to get involved in theatre. To fill the void, Nathanael and Anna founded ECTC in October of 2012. With the support of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in January of 2013, ECTC launched an afterschool class at Destin Elementary that had 10 registrants. This past year, ECTC had over 470 children engaged in their educational programs. The Educational programs were the foundation and from there, ECTC launched the Theatre for Young Audiences program and the Professional Theatre programs.
What is the theatre season?
The professional season starts at the end of September and goes to the middle of May with five productions. Educational Children’s theater productions are in November and May. ECTC also has a weekly StoryTeller series with one night events every Thursday beginning in January and continuing through the first week of February.
How do I purchase tickets?
The box office is open at the theatre Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM and one hour before shows. You can always obtain tickets on the website EmeraldCoastTheatre.org by selecting VIEW OUR UPCOMING EVENTS. You can access all information about productions, events, ticket prices, and dates and times here. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with credit card information by calling 850-684-0323.
What is the VIP Membership?
The VIP membership provides season tickets with the benefits of special VIP reserved seating, a name tag, a ticket to all professional and educational productions, and one complimentary wine, beer or water per production. VIP Members also enjoy 10% OFF all theatre classes, camps, and additional tickets for shows. Each VIP membership provides at least 30 tickets for children to see a professional theatre production, perhaps for the first time.
How do I reserve my VIP Membership tickets for shows?
VIP tickets can be reserved over the phone by calling 850-684-0323 during box office hours or can be reserved online at your earliest convenience.
Learn how to reserve your VIP tickets online.
Can I purchase season tickets to the professional productions without becoming a VIP Member?
Yes! ECTC offers a 20% discount for their Season 7 Subscription package, specifically for their five professional productions. Go to Subscribe & Save.
Is there a senior discount and/or a snowbird discount?
Each professional production includes a discount for seniors. Just click “BUY NOW” button and choose the senior price.
Is there a military discount?
Each professional production includes a discount for military. Just click the “BUY NOW” button and choose the military price.
Is there a student discount?
Each professional production includes a discount for students. Just click the “BUY NOW” button and choose the student price.
How can I support ECTC?
There are a variety of ways to support ECTC. You can support ECTC by becoming a VIP member ($300 and up) or by making individual donations. You can also participate in the Capital Campaign, become a volunteer, and come to theatre sponsored fundraising events. ECTC is always looking for business sponsorships in the community as well.
How can I volunteer my time?
There are two groups of volunteers. One is the Leading Ladies group which meets monthly and provides resources and support for fundraising activities and theatre productions. There is also an ECTC volunteer group that is trained to provide customer service as ushers, greeters, and bar servers.
How can I be a business sponsor?