You could say it began in a puff of smoke.
In the summer of 1994, there wasn’t much but smoke in Leavenworth. And when it cleared, there was Leavenworth Summer Theater, coming out of its first year penniless, and more or less audience-less. Its first show, “Hansel and Gretel,” had failed to draw crowds, and the venue, a middle-school gymnasium without air conditioning, hadn’t done a lot to remedy the problem.
Fast forward 20 years to this summer.