“Mama Won’t Fly” a Community Theater Hit


The Fort Stockton Community Theater successfully presented the comedy “Mama Won’t Fly,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

Nearly 300 people attended performances from February 19-24 under the direction of Alice Duerksen, as Tracy Alexander, Dean Duerksen, Oralia Hall, Michele Huckaby, Frank Lacy, Pam Palileo, Michelle Salazar, Penny Smith and Kirby Warnock took the audience on a crazy road trip from Birmingham to Santa Monica for a wedding. Former Fort Stockton resident Art Fuentes made an appearance, and Jarryd Hall, JB Gallegos, Dominic Leyva, Vicki Mitchell and Cole Mitchell provided technical and behind-the-scenes support.

February is the theater’s anniversary month, as the group had its first production in February 1983. For 38 years, the group performed on every flat surface in the city and provided artistic experiences for thousands of people in the area and from as far away as possible. England.

Susann Hall has cast Todd Wallinger’s “The Butler Did It” and will begin rehearsals for the comedy who-dunnit which will perform May 13-17. The cast of this show features young theater people. They are the future of theater in the community.

“We are proud of the young people who participate in our productions,” said Board Chair Alice Duerksen. “Many of our young people went on to study and perform in theater at university.” Details on show times are forthcoming. The group is looking for Victorian-style furniture that the theater can borrow or rent for this production. Contact Susann Hall at 432-360-6618.

To encourage and involve more young people, the theater will organize a second Be Cool/Stay Cool summer camp during the last two weeks of June. Young people in grades 1 to 8 are invited to produce a play for an audience. Call Alice Duerksen at 336-3180 for more information.

The popular karaoke night will return to the theatre. Singers will perform, and family and friends will vote with their dollar bills to determine the next karaoke king or queen. Doors will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.

The Fort Stockton Community Theater is run entirely by volunteers. There are no paid staff. Call Alice Duerksen at 432-336-3180 to get involved.


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