The co-founder of the Hill Country Community Theater died Tuesday, November 3, at the age of 91.
Virginia Lee “Gigi” Fischer died at her son John’s home in Caddo Mills. Fischer co-founded the theater with the late Phyl Holbert and brought many members of the community together through his organizing and recruiting efforts for the theater.
“His leadership and willingness to call on friends really helped them,” said Preston Kirk, actor and former public relations consultant, whom Fischer recruited to help in the theater. “She gave of her time and was caring. “
Fischer and Holbert hosted a cocktail party in June 1985 to discuss their mutual interest in having a theater in the Horseshoe Bay area. The party, to their surprise, drew 22 people and led to the creation of the name “Hill Country Community Theater” by member Melissa Rowe.
The celebration provided the impetus for non-profit theater, which touched the lives of thousands of performing arts supporters, actors, teams and fans.
During the early years, the theater performed wherever members could find space, including Marble Falls High School and the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Hall. In 1990 he took up residence in a former boat concession in Cottonwood Shores, where it still stands today. The theater is about to enter its 36th year.
A memorial service for Fischer is pending.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at the theater, 4003 FM 2147 West, Cottonwood Shores, TX 78657; or St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, PO Box 8019, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657.