Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) recently announced its sixth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.

ECTC is a non-profit professional theater company founded by Anna and Nathanael Fisher in 2012 with a mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater.

“We are so thankful for the community’s commitment to ECTC,” said Nathanael Fisher, ECTC's producing artistic director. ”Because of this support we are able to expand our professional season to five mainstage productions and look forward to offering three wonderful shows through the Theatre for Young Audiences series for school field trip opportunities and family engagement. We are so honored to be a part of the growing art scene in Northwest Florida and look forward to our best year yet.”

After six years, ECTC has established itself as a professional theater company focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a valued community resource for professional acting, improv workshops and creative corporate team building.

The 2018-19 season will include a musical comedy, a one-woman comedy show, a live radio play, a romantic comedy and an adventure-filled classic play. ECTC’s expanded programming includes a new Storytelling series and, by popular demand, additional evening performances of the educational program productions.

All professional mainstage production schedules are Thursday (opening night) through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). All ECTC productions will be staged at ECTC’s space located upstairs at 560 Grand Blvd. in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.

The main stage Professional Productions are "The Spitfire Grill" Sept. 20-Oct. 7; "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" Dec. 6-23; "Dancing Lessons" Jan. 17-Feb. 3 and 6 p.m.; "Bad Dates" March 7-10; "Around the World in 80 Days" march 28-April 7.

ECTC launches its StoryTeller Series this year, featuring professional actors presenting compelling stories and dramatic works. The performances will be in February at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The line up is "Stories" by actor Thom Gossom, Feb. 6; "The Iliad" performed by 9 Muses Theatre Feb. 13; "Winston Churchill: Through the Storm" performed by Bruce Collier Feb. 20; and TBD on Feb. 27.

Spring brings the third annual Northwest Florida Theatre Festival presented during South Walton ArtWeek, May 15-19. ECTC opens its doors for the unjuried theater festival to offer a stage for emerging and seasoned performers venturing from Pensacola to Panama City and beyond.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences showcases professional actors performing productions especially selected for young audience members. The performance schedule is Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. (the first weekend only). This year’s offerings are “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” Oct. 19-27; “The Snowy Day and Other Stories,” Feb. 15-23; and “You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?” May 16-19.