New seating installed

Patrons of the Webster City Community Theatre will soon have an opportunity to try out the comfy new seats which were installed just this week in the auditorium of the performing arts center.

According to Doug Getter who serves on the WCCT building committee, the long-awaited new seats arrived Wednesday and are now already in place. The group had experienced some unexpected delays in getting the seats to the facility.

“Hallelujah. This is a major achievement,” Getter said. “Our vendor, Davis Furniture, finished up about installing the seats about 1 p.m Thursday. We got delivery early Wednesday morning.”

Volunteers helped unload the truck and take the seats out of boxes in preparation for the installation Thursday. There are 149 theater-style seats with floral fabric and a thick seat cushion. Some have armrests that fold up for comfort. Getter said there are a few less seats in the performing arts center now, but that’s because the new chairs are slightly wider.

“We did go to a wider seat. There are two sizes, a 22-inch and a 23-inch seat. There are also two seats that are (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved. We’ll also have the capability of offering space for those in wheelchairs,” he said. “We want to be as accessible as possible.”

“There are a few less seats,” he said, “but there’s not a bad seat in the house.”

The new seats are part of a major expansion project at WCCT. Getter said the 6,000-square-foot addition is going well. The new construction is enclosed and the south side of the roof is shingled.

“Hopefully, if we can catch some milder weather, we can get the north side shingled and then it will be weather-enclosed,” he said.

All three levels of the new structure are progressing, he said. Jaycox Construction is the general contractor on the project. The three-story addition which will expand the back stage area and include a workshop/paint shop, green room, changing rooms, makeup area, restrooms and laundry. New storage space will be constructed for costumes, set pieces and props. Off-street parking will be offered.

Theatre patrons won’t have to wait long to try out the new seats, Getter said. WCCT will present the first production of 2013, “Sleeping Indoors,” directed by Bill Greenley and Angela Rottering. The play is scheduled to open on Feb. 15.