The Steel Beam Story Begins . . .
From the Steel Beam Theatre founder, Donna Steele.
One day in 1999, I peered into this space, a nearly empty, partially used storage space in a historic building right on Main Street in the heart of St. Charles.
Through the dust and grime of many years and the plaster here and there that disguised the beautiful river-stone walls, I saw a perfect place...for a theatre.
The only obstacle seemed to be the two-and-a-half-foot thick stone wall that divided the space in two! A contractor was called in, and as he stood before the formidable wall, he slowly shook his head from side to side: partly in awe, I suppose, for the labor of those men who over one hundred years ago built this wall; and partly in wonder, I suppose, about the dream of this woman which required tearing it down.
And after what seemed like an eternity, he spoke: "Well, the only thing you can do, I suppose, is cut a hole in it and put up a steel beam."
It was at that moment I knew Steel Beam Theatre was meant to be.
STEEL: Strength, holding up, bearing responsibility, enduring
BEAM: Light, hope, joy, inspiration
THEATRE: A sacred place where we can share the mysteries, the joys, the wonders of our human experience.
It is my dream, and hope, that she will live up to her name and strength for years to come.
Founder, Steel Beam Theatre