FOREST CITY | BrickStreet Theatre, first established on May 16, 1973, held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, on Friday Sept. 15 to celebrate having its own building.
Since its beginning, BrickStreet Theatre has had many productions, including sponsoring three full-length films in the early 2000s. However, it was inactive from 2008 to 2015. Since 2015, the theatre staff has able to consistently produce three productions a year.
With the new building, staff are hoping to make practices and shows more consistent. “We used to have to go to the schools, and churches to have meetings and practices,” said BrickStreet Theatre board president, Jim Brockhohn, “but now we have our own building.”
Currently, there is a board of seven individuals, but board members are looking to expand to up to 15, as the theatre continues to grow. Brockhohn, who has been on the board since 1997, became the president in 2000.
Along with three shows a year, BrickStreet also partners with the Forest City Parks and Recreation Dept. to put on two summer camps for children to learn about acting and theater.
The first performance of the year will be “White Christmas” on December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. The show is a musical. If anyone would like to be involved in the performance, in other ways than acting, contact either the director of the show, Lynnea Fredrickson, 641-590-5481, or the artistic director, Julie Keely, 641-585-3030.
The performances for the rest of the year include a spring production of “On Golden Pond,” a summer production of “The Producers” and a winter production of “A Christmas Carol.”
BrickStreet Theater is always looking for extra hands, period clothing and furniture. They ask items either be brought to the theatre or the local consignment shop, NU2U.