BrickStreet Theatre moves to new space
BrickStreet Theatre has moved from downtown Forest City to a larger space on the south side—1305 Hwy. 69 S. This space will house the organization’s offices, costumes, props, and scene shop. The space also will allow for larger rehearsals and staging for BrickStreet’s two smaller annual productions staged in the spring and fall.
“We hope to increase seating for our smaller shows by up to 200 percent depending on the layout,” said Lynnea Fredrickson-Smith, BrickStreet Theatre’s artistic director. “Our BST Kids programs will also benefit by having a space that can adapt to each summer’s programming.”
The big move comes with a strategic plan to build the organization for long-term sustainability. This means renting out the facility as an event and reception space as well as maintaining regular Box Office hours. BrickStreet’s 2022 season will include “Steel Magnolias” (spring) and Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” (fall) in the new space. The summer musical of “Matilda” and the Christmas production of “Miracle on 34th Street” will be prepped in the new space and staged in the Boman Fine Arts Center.
“We have wanted to add a fall production for several years, and now we are able to,” said Fredrickson-Smith. “We’re glad to have more opportunities for local artists to get involved on stage and behind the scenes.”
The group will soon launch a capital campaign to help with space modifications. BrickStreet hopes to create a regional community theatre that becomes a destination venue for North Iowa and Southern Minnesota.
BrickStreet Theatre is a regional community theatre based in Forest City that provides art and entertainment opportunities for North Central Iowa. Its mission is to entertain, educate and inspire through quality performances and learning opportunities, thereby enriching the cultural life of Forest City and the surrounding communities.