Work continues on theater expansion

February is a busy month at the Webster City Community Theater. As crews and volunteers continue work on the new addition, others are busy working on stage, getting ready to open “Sleeping Indoors” tonight.

WCCT President Loween Getter said the exterior siding and landscaping will be added when warmer weather arrives, but inside, the walls have been insulated and drywall has been installed, but not yet finished. Plumbing and electrical work is nearing completion with HVAC work to start soon. Work will be temporarily slowed during the production now through Feb. 24.

“The much-anticipated new theatre seating has been installed and the inaugural audiences will have a chance to test the comfort,” Getter said. Audience members will also be invited to view the progress on the when they tour the addition following each performance.

As is the case with many construction projects, actual costs often exceed original estimates. Getter said several factors combined to push costs up about $40,000. The group had planned to have the Building and Trades class at the high school do much of the interior work. However, the course was not offered due to low enrollment and lack of an instructor.

A delayed start to construction resulted in much of the work being done throughout the fall and winter. Unanticipated plumbing issues and compliance to building codes related to joining new construction to existing construction have driven costs higher than anticipated. In order to complete the three-level, 6,000 sq. ft. addition in a timely fashion, the WCCT Board has determined that an additional $40,000 must be raised.

“With the help of donors, the organization plans to complete the final leg of its financial campaign during the next several months,” she said. “If you have not yet made a donation to the WCCT Building Project, there is still time to add their name or that of a loved one to the current list of 375 donors.”

Getter thanks all those who had made a contribution to the project and invited donors to consider a new donation for 2013. She added that WCCT is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

Getter said donations can be made at several support levels: Producer – $10,000 or more; Director -$5,000 to $9,999; Playwright – $1,000 to $4,999; Star-$500 to $999; Understudy – $100 to $499; Crew – $25 to $99.

Contributions can be sent to Webster City Community Theatre, PO Box 272, Webster City, IA 50595 or dropped off at the box office during the run of the show. The box office is at 1001 Willson Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 5-7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon.

Volunteers are now working to complete the project. Dozens of workers have already spent hundreds of hours volunteering. Anyone interested in lending a hand should contact Al Yungclas or Angela Rottering.