After an increased demand for youth education classes and extra rehearsal space, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre is expanding to a new space at 6 Broadway in downtown Fargo!
The new space, called Studio 6 Broadway, will operate in conjunction with the theatre’s long-time home, the Stage and Island Park. It features two medium-sized classroom spaces, an 80-100 seat performance venue, a large rehearsal all and small practice rooms for private voice or instrumental lessons.
“To have our current venue filled is a great problem, but to meet our mission of community outreach, we needed more room,” says FMCT Executive Director, Eloise Breikjern. “FMCT leased the main floor (and) will begin by filling it with our summer education programs.”
To celebrate its expansion, FMCT invites community members to an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 with snacks and a cash bar.
But the space is not just going to be for area youth programs. It’s also going to offer adult classes starting in the fall and serve as secondary rehearsal space for the theatre next season.
Adam Pankow, artistic director at FMCT, says the need for additional space was evident with the theatre’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” several weeks ago.
“(Between runs of the show), the Stage was a hub of activity with an outside community event as a rental in the auditorium, an acting class in the administrative offices and rehearsals for two different productions squeezed into our dressing rooms, classroom space, and main entrance pavilion,” Pankow says.
“This space crunch is not an isolated occurrence, but a frequent dilemma our organization faces,” he continues. “Studio 6 Broadway is a strategic step forward in order for FMCT to innovate, grow and serve the community to our fullest capacity.”
The theatre already hosted a private acting class in the space this week, and are excited to see how they can incorporate other visual and performance art forms in the space.
We congratulate FMCT for taking this step toward expanding its programs and can’t wait to see what comes of it!
For more information on the new space, visit fmct.org. You can also listen to our interview with Adam Pankow on the Metro Arts Scene on KFGO this week.