The Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe was formed to provide a forum for a variety of theatrical performances reflecting the creative spirit of our community. The goal is to produce plays that will include those from legitimate theater, historic depictions of Saluda's rich history, and literary and poetic readings; all demonstrating local artistry and talent. The Saluda Historic Depot will provide the setting for presentations suitable for its locale and will partner with other venues for settings suitable for each production.
2019 Production Schedule
May 18 Performing “Trash” during the Saluda Arts Festival
Summer To be scheduled
Fall/Winter To be scheduled
First Heritage Musical Premiered in Saluda November
Saluda, the Musical
A Historical Depiction of Our Town
The Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe produced Saluda’s first musical that premiered on November 17, 2018. The production depicted Saluda’s historical progression from the time the Cherokee Indians settled in the land of “green corn” until today. The original play was written by Corinne Gerwe in collaboration with members of the newly-formed Young Acting Krew "YAK" of the Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe, with a musical score written by Dan Foster to be performed by his band, the Radio Rangers.
Corinne Gerwe, who with Bill Jameson co-founded the theatre troupe, recalls attending a Saluda Historic Depot board meeting during a brain-storming session on how the Depot could contribute toward bringing back “Railroad Day” in Saluda. Many remembered when Saluda celebrated this “ole timey” day when townspeople dressed in costume from the early-time era. "I began concentrating on developing this idea into a theatrical event focused on Saluda’s heritage and railroad history by including children of Saluda interested in the performing arts. The Young Acting Krew had just been formed, and it seemed the right time to do this. The kids were so excited about creating a heritage play, they have since thrust the idea to realization,” says Corinne.
Corinne is an author of several fiction and non-fiction novels, three of which are a series of murder mysteries set in a small town much like Saluda. Her latest mystery, “The Silent Scream of the Straw Man” has just been released. She has been a contributing board member and supporter of the Depot since its inception.
If you would like to climb aboard and help preserve the historic Saluda Depot for future generations, you can send donations or pledges to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Donations and memberships to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2018 will enable us to receive incentive grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation.