About Us

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The Historic Garden Theater

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In July of 1921, Dr. C.B. Walters broke ground on a new state-of-the-art building in downtown Louisa with a steam shovel. The upstairs was to be used as offices for Dr. Walters. The downstairs was divided into two rooms. The first was used as a modern pharmacy. The second was leased for use as a picture show.

The theater opened on New Year’s Eve, 1921. The theater presented stage shows and frequently hosted circus acts, magicians, and live music.

The Garden Theater was a vital part of the community until its closing in 1957. In the subsequent years, it survived several iterations – serving as an auto parts store, a law office – until it was abandoned and fell into disrepair.

In 2007 the theater was purchased, then by 2019 it was refurbished and resumed its rightful place as a lively gathering place in the heart of Louisa. Mountain Movers Theatre Company is proud to call The Garden Theater home and celebrate its 100 year anniversary with you this New Year’s Eve!

Meet The Team

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Kim Willard

Kim Willard is the Artistic Director and Resident Director of the Mountain Movers Theatre Company and brings over 30 years of teaching and directing experience with her. In addition to winning a Grammy Award for her exceptional theatre curriculum design, Kim has taught public school k-12 music and theatre in NH, VA and SC, served as adjunct theatre faculty at James Madison University, created the highly successful educational programming for the former Jenny Wiley Theatre, and founded a theatre minor at the University of Pikeville. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and a Master of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, NYC.

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Darryl Willard

Darryl is proud to call Eastern Kentucky home after working in CT, NH, MA, VA and SC for construction and theatre companies. He has a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Music & Theatre) from Plymouth State University and Masters Certificate in Production Management from Clemson University. He is the former Managing Director and Technical Director at Jenny Wiley Theatre. Mountain Movers Theatre Company is proud to have him as Production Manager.

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Madi Daniels - Production Stage Manager/Company Manager

Madi has been stage managing since 2019, and found she enjoyed it the most after working in numerous theatre roles both on and off stage. She worked as an Assistant Stage Manager and Stage Manager at the University of Pikeville while completing her Bachelors of Art in Communication and Minor in Theatre. Since graduating, Madi’s love of theatre and Eastern Kentucky has kept her in Louisa.

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Ryann Willard - Costume Designer

Ryann Willard is a Costume Designer with an MFA from Southern Illinois University and BFA from Plymouth State University. She has been proud to design many shows for MOMO, with some of her favorites being Bonnie and Clyde and Little Shop of Horrors. She has also worked on costumes for Norwegian Cruise Lines for several years traveling the world as well as for other regional professional theaters. She especially loves working with children and teaching people of all ages. She would like to thank Louisa and ARC for inviting her family here to create art alongside this community.

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Caroline Matheny - Assistant Costume Designer

Caroline is a Mississippi native artist who has traveled across the globe a number of times in the name of art and storytelling. She has a Bachelors of Art in Theatre with an emphasis in design. She is proud to be a member of the MOMO team and eager to learn more along the way.

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Crystal Sizemore - Front of House/Box Office Manager

Crystal Sizemore is a native of Manchester, KY. and has worked in the customer service field for 20 years. She has always been an artist at heart and enjoys music and the outdoors. Her passion for art has lead her to receive scholarships with Eastern Kentucky University at the age of 12, where her art was displayed in galleries at the university. She believes we can make the world a more beautiful place together and feels fortunate to be part of a team that does just that. Her dream is to one day own/operate her very own studio to help other artists to follow their dreams.

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