Nelson St. Theatre moves closer to completion

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The Board of Directors of Fort Stockton Community Theatre is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Nelson Street Theatre on Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m., with a reception immediately following next door in the old theatre. 

The ribbon cutting celebrates the project that kicked off in October 2015 with a Burgers and Brainstorming meeting hosted by the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce.

That meeting brought community leaders and others interested in creating a theatre complex that would be used by the citizens of Fort Stockton and the surrounding area together to brainstorm a vision for the theatre with architects Brantley Hightower and Betsy Johnson of HiWorks.

After plans for renovation and new construction were approved, Keith Helpert of K4 Construction and his site manager Tyler Young were brought on board to do the work, and on February 13, 2019, just a little over a year ago, the Fort Stockton Community Theatre broke ground on the $2.2 million Renovation and New Construction Project. 

Over these past 4½ years, the Fort Stockton Community Theatre raised the $2.2 million dollars for the project through grants, fund raisers and donations of money, auction items and time from individuals, businesses and organizations (from as far away as Hawaii). 

Eleven charitable foundations gave grants to help fund the project, including the Midland-based FMH Foundation whose charitable giving helped fund the renovation of the old theatre which will now be used as a venue for meetings, social events, training sessions, or exhibits and is now named The FMH in recognition of the FMH Foundation's generosity. 

The Fort Stockton CVB and EDC awarded funds. 

The new 125 chairs were sold to individuals and businesses. 

Joe Ben Walker, now deceased, made the first donation to the project and left his entire estate to FSCT. This theatre project has given new meaning to the concept of community. 

The first production, “Ragweed Cowboy Joe,” a musical melodrama by I. E. Clark will be performed March 27, 28, 29 and April 2, 3, 4, and, continuing with the concept of community, help is needed for set construction.

Call Alice Duerksen at 336-3180 if you would like to be a part of the show and watch for more information about time and ticket prices.

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