The Rockport Little Theatre (RLT) will present its first production in its own building at 99 N. Austin St. in downtown Rockport Friday, Sept. 10 when local talent hits the stage in Richard Hooker’s M*A*S*H, adapted by Tim Kelly.
Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance at RockportLittleTheatre.com under “Coming Events”.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25.
Sunday Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26.
Doors open 30 minutes before Curtain.
“It is a wonderful feeling to have our own property,” said RLT President Monica Clark
The RLT’s “new” building was originally built in 1964 as a Western Auto owned by Glen W. Wagner. He and his wife, Gladys, worked side by side for 35 years before retiring in 1999.
The building later became a resale shop and then remained empty for several years.
Larry and Tom Forney (Gemelos Investments, LP) bought the property in 2004.
RLT performed in the Rockport Historical School from 2003 through March 2017.
Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage to Aransas County ISD buildings. The administration building was demolished.
“The ACISD asked us to leave our home because they needed the space (in the Rockport Historical School) for administration offices,” said Clark.
The RLT then performed at the Rialto Theater in Aransas Pass and La Palma Event Center for 2-1/2 years.
“We started our Building Fund in 2014, and in August 2020 the RLT Board of Director’s voted to purchase the property (at 99 N. Austin St. in downtown Rockport),” said Clark. “Our Building Fund continues. One day we will build a proper theater, complete with orchestra pit and proper dressing room space.”
The RLT’s architectural rendition/drawings, by Michael K. Mahoney, can be seen in the front area of the new building.
RLT owns the corner bordered by Austin, Peter, and Magnolia streets.
“One can imagine the Art Deco design of a real theater,” said Clark.