West thrives in new location
officials say its new location in the cultural district will allow
for musicals. Its previous location on University Drive was a converted
FORT WORTH Despite previous financial trouble, Stage West Theater
is flourishing in its 25th season at a new location in the cultural
district, the theaters managing director says.
Stage West moved into W.E. Scott Theater, across from Amon Carter
Museum at 3505 W. Lancaster Ave., after leaving its previous home
on University Drive and Berry Street in September.
Jerry Russell, managing director for Stage West, said a great benefit
of the new site is that it was built specifically as a theater for
Stage Wests previous location was originally built as a movie
theater. The new theater is better suited to Stage Wests needs
and they plan to remain there, Russell said.
Its intended to be our home, Russell said.
The old theater could not accommodate a musical production the way
that the new site can, said Steven Morris, who works in the Stage
West box office.
Stage West is celebrating its 25th season with a series of six different
plays. Four of them are previous hits from the theaters first
24 years, Russell said. The first play to open at the new site, Little
Shop of Horrors, debuted Dec. 26. It ran for two weekends and
closed Jan. 4.
It had a very successful run, Morris said.
A new play, The Shape of Things, will open Feb. 12.
An additional smaller theater for Stage West is currently under construction
in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and will be completed in time
for the next play. Russell said it will be nice to have two theaters
because it will increase Stage Wests flexibility.
At the old location, Stage West had total control of the building
and worked with TCU to share resources and facilities, but the new
site is not completely controlled by Stage West. Russell says thats
beneficial because it doesnt have to worry about maintenance
A private investor bought the old theater on University Drive but
plans for re-use of the building are not known.
I think its sad that the space isnt being used as
a theater right now, said Richard Allen, a radio-TV-film professor.
found a new home at Scott Theatre
3505 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth
of Allied Theatre Group
West performers open their 25th season with Little Shop of Horrorsat
the new theater inside the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.