Monday, March 1, 2010

Arts Reporting: New Home for Leander's Way Off Broadway Community Players

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The Way Off Broadway Community Players (WOBCP) have signed a ten-year lease for their new theater in the 2243 Business Park. We will complete our current season in June at the current location in the Crystal Falls Playhouse. Then, we will relocate during July and present the first production in our new home in August. The dream to find a long-term home has now been realized thanks to support from all the fans of the theater, from Mike Elmore of MPE Realty, and from the City of Leander. The new theater will feature a larger stage, stepped seating, a lobby designed to display local art, and spaces for use by other civic and performance groups.

It's almost 10,000 square feet, 50% bigger than the space at Crystal Falls, and the roof is 16 feet high, so it's 4 feet higher than we have now. We're going to make the stage 8 feet wider, so it will be 32 feet wide and 24 feet deep. We're making the wings 12 feet wide, so we'll have 4 more feet off stage right and finally have room off stage left.

There's a nice big room with a sink that we'll be able to use for the makeup/dressing/green room, and we'll have an attached cast bathroom. We're combining the box office and the back office into a much larger room, and making box office and concessions easier and faster to set up and close down. We're making the lobby and another room large enough to have rehearsals in, so it will be a lot easier to have several shows rehearsing at the same time.

We're making the auditorium large enough that we can accommodate future increases in our audience size. And there's going to be a lot more room backstage for the shop and storage of flats, furniture and props.

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