Editor’s Note: This has to be wrong, but thought you might want to read. City takes center stage in plans to build performing arts facility Site not set for project, which would include theater, kids’ institute
Toe shoes, live theater and belted-out songs may be in store for Colleyville if a planned performing arts center takes root.
Jill and Matthew Lord of Lewisville, both professional opera singers, are raising money to build an arts center. They looked at several cities before deciding that the centrally located Colleyville is best- suited for a community theater.
“There is no theater there, and they have space to build,” Ms. Lord said.
“The closest is in Fort Worth, and we’re not trying to compete with that. We just want something in this area.”
The $2 million arts center would include a creative institute for children that offered drama and art classes. There would be adult programs, too, Ms. Lord said.
The exact location in Colleyville for the 500-seat cabaret-style theater has not been selected.
One site under consideration is the Village at Colleyville – the jewel in the city’s commercial building efforts.
“We were looking for a place where we could train children and display the talents of our friends and their children,” Ms. Lord said. “We want to have food. We want everyone to enjoy new works, opera, and we’re thinking about a film festival. Anything that has to do with the arts.”
And a community theater would keep them close to home.
“We’re looking at trying to be a for-profit theater because my husband and I know about begging for money. We’re looking for investors, ” she said.
The theater could open next year, she said.
“It’s a very ambitious undertaking. There are times when I say, go back. It’s easier to go back on the road,” Ms. Lord said.
But with two girls, ages 4 and 2, the couple decided to open their own school.
Ms. Lord is running a temporary fine arts school and theater in Grapevine called Ohlook Daprima. The school offers music, drama and film classes for children. There are about 60 enrolled in the preschool program, and about 30 attend after-school classes.
“All of that will move to Colleyville,” said Ms. Lord.
Ms. Lord’s pupils are rehearsing for a production of Thumbelina, while her husband is in Chicago performing in Sweeney Todd with Bette Midler.
The Lords have already raised $500,000 and are looking to investors to come up with the rest.
Colleyville City Manager Bill Lindley said the school and theater would bolster the city’s image.
“We’d be very pleased to have the Lords here. They have phenomenal experience operating and developing a theater program. Their approach, their model is that they want to have both theatrical classes for both youth and adults and actual productions. Both of those add to the quality of life for our community,” he said.
“For our entire community, this will bring great entertainment to Colleyville,” said Ret Stansberger, president of the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce.
“When you think about the different exposures our kids will have, it will build up confidence at having so many doors open.”
PHOTO(S): (NATHAN HUNSINGER/Staff Photographer) Jill Lord (left) rehearses with Alice French. Ms. Lord and her husband,
Matthew, are raising money to build the arts center.
DEBRA DENNIS / Staff Writer, City takes center stage in plans to build performing arts facility Site not set for project, which would include theater, kids’ institute. , The Dallas Morning News, 10-13-2002, pp 1S.