The next act for the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre will be set on a new stage.
The organization announced Tuesday afternoon it was moving to Moorhead’s Hjemkomst Center starting this fall. The announcement follows news in mid-April that the city of Moorhead was working with the troupe to move its main stage to the Minnesota side of the Red River.
FMCT has been out of its longtime home in Fargo’s Island Park since a structural fault in the roof was found in December, 2019, prompting an evacuation of the facility. The organization has been involved in a drawn-out disagreement with the insurance company over a settlement, prohibiting needed renovations.
FMCT’s new space in the Hjemkomst’s Heritage Hall is about 7,130 square feet and will hold about 300 seats with the potential to reconfigure to about 400. A second, smaller community stage available for rental, would have seating for about 100. The current FMCT space in Island Park seats about 340. The space will be ready for productions this fall.
Tuesday’s announcement added that FMCT will maintain its space in Island Park “pending a final ruling from insurers and necessary renovation.” Performances and educational programming could be split the Fargo and Moorhead locations.
In April, FMCT’s Executive Director, Judy Lewis, says it will take $7.5 million just to get the Island Park venue a certificate of occupancy, and a larger renovation would cost $13 million.