Founded by Artistic Director Dennis L. South, CSTOCK presented its first musical production in December 1986. Since that time, over 50 musical theatre productions have been offered to the Kitsap County community. Each production is supported by as many as 100 volunteers, participating in all aspects of theatre production and performance; half of these volunteers for any production are young people. Each production brings forth new volunteers to be included in the operation. On-the-job training is provided to adults and increasingly to youth of the community, both on- and offstage. Adult volunteers pass their knowledge of technical equipment on to young people, who work in the light booth, backstage crew, or wherever help is needed.
With the departure of the founding director in 1991, opportunities were made available to aspiring directors and musical directors from the local community, many of them for the first time. In July 1995, for the first time the annual children's production of Narnia was directed by 18-year-old Jennifer Parker, who was joined by 19-year-old Chad Rogers directing the vocal and instrumental music. Miss Parker again directed the 1996 summer children's production of Once Upon A Mattress. In the spring of 1997, CSTOCK offered a world premier production of an original stage adaptation of the children's book Pollyanna, written and directed by local playwright Sue Pargman, who also wrote the lyrics.
CSTOCK has consistently offered opportunities for the young people of our community not only to perform on stage after competitive auditions, but also to perform in the orchestra pit. Increasingly, young people are requesting the opportunity to learn stage management, light design and operation, orchestra direction, and set design and construction.
Each year the Laura Sullivan/CSTOCK Memorial Scholarship is awarded to youth in the community with demonstrated commitment to musical comedy theatre. This year marked the eighth annual scholarship presentation, and is underwritten primarily by the Sullivan family as a memorial to their daughter who was a CSTOCK performer before her untimely death.