Workshop helps Nelson Street Theatre through final stretch of renovation project

Signups open for first production of 2020


On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3 and 4, the theatre will host a Stage Craft Workshop backstage at theatre, 102 S. Nelson St. The workshop will be led by Brian Serrano and a crew from the Permian Playhouse in Odessa starting at 10 a.m. on both days. During the workshop, participants will build 12 flats and five platforms that can be used to create sets for productions in the new theatre.

The workshop will break for lunch and dinner and finish at 9:30 p.m. Volunteers can work all or any part of the available hours, according to Alice Duerksen. She may be reached at (432) 336-3180 for more information.

Anyone of any age who can wield a saw, a screwdriver, or a paint brush is invited to participate. Students can receive Texas Scholar hours for their help.

People who are interested in acting, singing, dancing, or helping backstage for the March performance of “Ragweed Cowboy Joe,” a musical melodrama by I. E. Clark, should stop by the theatre between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on either Jan. 3 or 4 to sign up.


The remodeling and expansion of the Nelson Street Theatre is in the final stretch, with the Fort Stockton Community Theatre's performance of the musical melodrama “Ragweed Cowboy Joe” tentatively set for March.

The $2 million project has been funded through private donations and grants, last week received another $250,000 from the Fort Stockton Economical Development Corporation.

Photos taken Dec. 24 show the new stage and seating area taking shape. Flooring and finishing work, as well as other tasks remain ahead of the opening.