by: Drawing provided by Broadway Rose, An artist rendering of the front door of C.F. Tigard Elementary School after renovation by the Broadway Rose Theater Company that will produce musicals in the auditorium.

TIGARD - Last year the Tigard City Council and the Tigard/Tualatin School Board gave their approval to The Broadway Rose Theatre Company to pursue plans to open a second stage at the former C.F. Tigard Elementary School cafetorium.

After months of fundraising and planning the theater is set to kick off the two-phased renovation at a ceremony on Monday, Feb 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The Broadway Rose and the Tigard/Tualatin School District entered a creative partnership where The Broadway Rose will rent and renovate the vacant CF Tigard cafetorium which includes a stage that remained standing after the original elementary school was demolished.

'While The Broadway Rose will continue to utilize the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High School for large scale musicals each summer, the second stage space will provide a permanent home for the company,' said Broadway Rose spokesman, Alan Anderson.

Anderson said programming will include a wider variety of year-round musicals, comedies and revues. In addition, the second stage will allow The Broadway Rose to provided expanded children's shows, drama classes and youth outreach programming. The new theater will feature approximately 260 seats, free parking, ADA accessibility and administrative office space for the theater staff.

'Performing year-round has always been our ultimate goal since we began The Broadway Rose 16 years ago,' said Broadway Rose Executive Director Sharon Maroney. 'We've been cautious about growing too quickly and risking the health of our theater company. Now, with overwhelming community support and ticket sales at an all time high, the timing couldn't be more perfect.'

Ms. Maroney and company co-founder Dan Murphy (General Manager) along with the Board of Directors and staff are excited to tackle this project.

For the past seven months the company has been working with an architect, contractor and project manager, and have successfully raised $1.6 million of the $2 million capital campaign goal. said Brisa Trinchero, Development Director for The Broadway Rose Theatre.

The first-phase plan is to remodel the interior space and convert the cafetorium into a state-of-the-art theater. The exterior of the building and parking lot will be completed in phase-two, which is scheduled to begin in late spring. The theater company will open its first production in the new space in November.

Guests at the kickoff ceremony will include Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen, Tigard/Tualatin School superintendent Rob Saxton, Broadway Rose board of directors, staff and donors. The project management, team including contractor Robert Gray, will be on hand to give tours of the existing space and discuss the renovation plans.

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