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WCCT to break ground on expansion

Project will add workshop area, dressing rooms, storage space

August 21, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

It's not your typical opening for a Webster City Community Theatre production. Patrons are accustomed to attending opening night performances of comedies, musicals, dramas, and children's shows at the local theatre. However, the troupe's next opening will be in the form of a large hole in the empty lot behind the Performing Arts Center.

WCCT board members and the expansion committee announced plans today for the long-awaited groundbreaking of their biggest project in twenty years. Area residents are invited to join the WCCT family at 1001 Willson Avenue on Friday at 10 AM for the groundbreaking.

A $100,000 bequest from the Helen Johnson Estate allowed the organization to purchase the adjoining lot and, with the help of Peterson Construction, to demolish the house on that lot. A fund raising campaign was launched in February asking donors to help them reach the goal of $150,000. Thanks to the generosity of over 350 donors, the goal was surpassed.

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The Webster City Community Theatre will begin work on a new addition that will add 6,000-square-feet to the building.

The funds will be used to build a 6,000 square-foot, three-story addition on the west side of the facility. The addition will expand the back stage area and include a workshop/paint shop, green room, changing rooms, makeup area, restrooms, and laundry. Theatre officials said much-needed storage space will be gained for costumes, set pieces, and props. New seats will also be acquired for the auditorium and off-street parking will be offered.

Jaycox Construction will be In charge of the project. Students in the local Building and Trades program and WCCT volunteers will be assisting. The target date for completion is November when the new season opens with "Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant."



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