Annual Patron Drive


Many describe the theatre as something magical and a truly extraordinary experience. The theatre brings people together. Whether you were part of the Picketwire family in the past, the present, or plan to be involved in Picketwire in the future, we invite and encourage you to come home.

This year we are reaching out to our Picketwire Family, near and far; we may have lost touch with you over the years, but we hope that as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, you will find it in your hearts to help keep Picketwire alive for another 50 years.

ATTENTION: The 2017 Gala has been cancelled.

Emotion defines memorable experiences. When you connect with a story on stage, you forge emotional bonds with the play and its characters, as well as with the artists and audience around you. Picketwire Players transform and captivate audiences the moment they enter the door and have provided memorable experiences for nearly 50 years.

Ordinary Days cast

Founded in 1968, Picketwire Players have grown into an indispensable jewel in the Arkansas Valley. Picketwire has educated and entertained thousands of people, introduced hundreds of people to live theatre, helped develop tomorrow’s plays and artists, and helped transform the cultural climate of our town.

Picketwire remains steadfast in its commitment to artistic excellence and making a theatre with high standards right here in La Junta. Of course, as a non-profit, we rely on the generosity and goodwill of our community.

Our Patrons account for nearly one-third of our budget. To prepare for our 50th anniversary celebration in 2018, we will have additional expenses this year as we work to properly archive our phots and memorabilia, and prepare our building for our alumni and community to enjoy. This year, we are hoping to increase our individual Patrons by 25% and our corporate Patrons by 200%. By aligning with Picketwire, our corporate Patrons demonstrate a commitment to civic leadership and gain access to the theater’s unique opportunities for brand exposure, client entertainment and employee engagement.

All of our Patrons will be honored during a pre-Gala reception on October 7, 2017, so please mark your calendars for this fun event. Our 2017 Patrons will receive invitations in the fall.

As you are deciding where your charitable contributions will go in the coming year, please remember your community theatre and join us for another outstanding Picketwire season in 2017.

With gratitude for you support,

The Picketwire Board of Directors




Dear Picketwire Family,

It was 1968 when the dream for a community theatre came alive. Since that time, Picketwire Players have presented 135 plays to thousands of appreciative audiences.

In three short years we will be celebrating our 50th year – quite a feat for a small, volunteer organization. Because of you, we will be able to continue telling stories, creating magic, and providing creative opportunities for years to come. Picketwire is a great activity for individuals, families, teenagers looking for something to do during the summer and a way to put our Valley on the map with locals and tourists alike.

We are reaching out to you as one of our actors, technicians, and financial supporters over the years. Perhaps you have been away from us for a while. We would like to bring you back to the fold as you remember your own personal experience with Picketwire and ask that you help support us this year.Picture1

We had a wonderful season of plays in 2014 – highlighted by the impossibility of producing a full scale production of “Les Miserables”.  2015 brings the following productions for your participation and enjoyment: “Steel Magnolias”, “Into the Woods”, and soon to be announced fall and Christmas plays.

Also, mark your calendars for our Gala on Saturday, May 30th. It was a great success last year with a delectable dinner, entertainment, auction and great thanks for our Patrons.

Join us again this year for our Season, our Gala and as a valued Patron.


The Picketwire Board of Directors