Fort Worth's Casa Mañana is on track to grow in 2017 — by 3,600 square feet, in fact. The theater's capital improvement project will add several new spaces and a performing arts venue, along with renovating the current lobby, beginning in March of next year.
The City of Fort Worth is partially funding the project, along with private donations to be raised by Casa Mañana.
So what will the arts patrons of Tarrant County's largest performing arts organization be getting? A 2,100-square-foot administrative suite that includes 11 offices and a conference room, a 1,500-square-foot permanent storage facility, and more educational space pulled from the theater's current lobby. The lobby reno will also add a VIP donor reception area and a cabaret theater that will seat 50-60 patrons.
"I am thrilled that Casa is in a position to expand," says president and executive producer Wally Jones in a release. "These additions will not only increase our education initiatives, but allow us to better serve the community of North Texas."
Casa Mañana appears to be busting at the seams, having recently seen an increase in season ticket holders for both its Broadway and children's series. Enrollment in many of the Performing Arts Conservatory (CPAC) theater programs is at capacity and Casa says there are "significant waiting lists." Hiring for staff is up. All of these factors prompted Casa Mañana to expand so it can "increase its outreach and programs for the community."
Officially opened in 1958, Casa Mañana is known for its high-quality musicals (that regularly attract Broadway talent) and children's productions, which are seen by more than 160,000 schoolchildren each year.