Theatre group returns to the stage

REED CITY– A group of actors that has been without a home stage for a number of years soon will open the doors of a new facility to the public.

The Crossroads Theatre Guild recently acquired the former First Congregational Church in Reed City and renovation will start soon to turn the church into a performing arts theatre.

The group plans to renovate the building soon and hold their first performance in their new building in November.

"It was getting to a point where we couldn't support our church,” said Roger Hicks, First Congregational Church pastor. “We wanted to give it to something that would be great for the community.”

In 1986 the group of actors rented the Masonic lodge to use for performances, which stood on the second floor of a building that was torn down in the late 1990s to make room for the expansion of Yoplait.

Since then the guild has performed at various venues, but the frequency declined when they lost their own space.

“It’s hard to do a production when you don’t have a base,” said Deb Lockwood, guild president .

The guild's last performance was in 2010 when they performed “Lafferty's Wake” at the community building at the Osceola 4-H FFA Fairgrounds in Evart. The group plans to make a comeback in the area with the new facility.

Throughout the guild's 26 years of existence, actors of all ages have been involved in the productions. One actress who began her career as a teen in the theatre guild's productions in the 1990s has since gone on to be on national television, in episodes of the TV series' “S.W.A.T.” and “Cold Case.”

"It's possible in a small town to go big," Lockwood said. "Community theatre is a great place to start."

The Crossroads Theatre Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization. Those interested in joining the guild or donating to the performing arts center can contact Lockwood at (231) 734-9859 or Locker at (231) 832-3145.