Play Inc History
Play Inc Community Theatre was formed in 2005 by Aaron Knudsvig, Sarah Knudsvig and Sue Wuerfein. The intent was create a stable structure to build a summer youth theatre program off of. That Summer Youth Theatre program has been the cornerstone of the Play Inc season ever since. Originally offering a full musical for the high school students and several two week sessions for the elementary aged performers, that program has now grown to offer full musicals for both of the high school and middle school programs, as well as two elementary programs that perform age appropriate productions as well.
In the first six years the focus was on the summer programs, but Play Inc did occasionally produce other shows for older performers. During the 2011-2012 the company formally started to draw in adults with its production of The Sound of Music. At that same time, Play Inc became part of the newly formed Cambridge Center for the Arts. This group became the parent organization for Play Inc and all of it’s fiscal decisions. The Sound of Music was followed in the subsequent season with Fiddler on the Roof in 2013. In the 2013-2014 season Play Inc produced its first non-musical and most complete season offering 6 productions.
In the spring of 2014, Play Inc due to a generous donation, Play Inc moved into it’s current home on 2nd Ave, SE in Cambridge, MN. The space, affectionately known as The Box, not only provides some much needed storage of costumes and set materials, but is also home to the monthly events known as “30 in the Box”–since that’s all you can fit in the space is 30 people. These events range from Play Inc’s own improv troupe, Flagrant Foul, to movie nights, cabaret performances, and other special events.
In 2017, Play Inc was reorganized as Play Inc Arts with an expanding focus on all of the arts in the East Central Minnesota area. Led by a board of individuals, Play Inc continues to grow and fill the artistic needs of performers and audiences in Cambridge, Isanti, and the surrounding communities.