The MAIN STAGE project under the Ink People Center for the Arts was created in the Fall of 2014. A small company of Humboldt County musical theatre artists, and an ambitious group of youth performers working together on what they thought would be a small first musical production. Preparations began for Rodger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music began in October of 2014. With the collaborative efforts of guest performing artists and designers, 10 months later our little summer show had grown into a full-scale musical production at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts! It was clear that our little idea had grown into something much greater than any of us could have ever imagined.
Today we continue to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and proudly bring musical theatre to the beautiful Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, the home of our most recent and upcoming productions. Our unique project also continues to assemble multi-generational casts and work with guest artists from across the country. Our collaborations with out of town performers, directors, and designers have taken us all over the United States. Come tell stories with us
Main Stage Project Coordinator: Daphne Endert
Managing Director: Natasha Wood
Ink People Artistic Director: Libby Maynard
Our Home: The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts
The building was home to Loew’s State Theatre for 50 years until it closed in 1973 and was taken over by Daly’s Department Store. After Daly’s closed in 1995, the building sat vacant. Humboldt State University purchased the theater three years later to use it as a performing arts venue. When those plans fell through, the Arkleys took over the building, saying they hoped to help revitalize the downtown Eureka area and bring top-notch entertainment to Humboldt County while providing a center stage for the community. In 2007 it was re-opened as the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.
The Arkley Center has been the home theater of Main Stage since 2015.
The Ink People Center for the Arts:
The Ink People has been changing people’s lives since 1979 by connecting the community with resources for cultural development. We encourage people to exercise their humanity, build civic discourse, and engage their creative potential. We have a long time presence in Humboldt County and northern California as a community-based, grassroots, artist-run, arts and culture organization. We are organized on community access principles and the belief that art, in all its forms, is essential to the human spirit and well being.