FMCT & The Stage

FMCT & The Stage

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Fargo, ND, USA

About FMCT & The Stage


Since 1946, Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) has provided a wide range of performance and education opportunities to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area and surrounding communities. FMCT is the longest running community arts organization in the Red River Valley Region of Minnesota and North Dakota. Now entering our 73rd season, our organization continues to evolve and grow in our community-minded mission as we position ourselves to create exceptional experiences for many more years to come. THE STAGE AT ISLAND PARK

Originally opening as the Emma K. Herbst Playhouse in 1967, today’s The Stage at Island Park was a community-wide building project supported by financial and in-kind contributions from many individuals and entities including the Herbst family, local Union workers, and the Fargo Park District. The playhouse was built in a style similar as the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis

with a thrust theatre design providing an intimate viewing experience with seating surrounding three sides of the stage. The opening of the facility fulfilled a common goal to create a permanent home for FMCT to grow and prosper after two decades of holding productions in various venues throughout Fargo and Moorhead.

Expansion projects have significantly enlarged the footprint of The Stage over the years including the addition of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum pavilion in 2011. Gifted by the Burgum family, this additional space provides a beautiful look into Island Park and serves as a versatile space for small performances and special events, rehearsals, rentals, or simply as a lovely spot to gather with friends and family before attending a FMCT show.

FMCT and The Stage at Island Park are officially organized under the name Northern Prairie Performing Arts.

NPPA’s Activities are made possible in part through the generous support of the following agencies: The North Dakota Council on the Arts through appropriations from the North Dakota State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts and the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. FMCT is a member of The Arts Partnership, the American Association of Community Theatre, Red River Attractions, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Downtown Community Partnership and North Dakota Arts Alliance. NPPA is also listed with Dun & Bradstreet.

The activities of the FMCT are supported in part with proceeds from charitable gaming. In accordance with the North Dakota Games of Chance Administrative Rules, all financial information and tax returns are made available for inspection at NPPA by appointment. This information is updated quarterly. NPPA gaming sites include the Baymont Inn, the Old Broadway and the Windbreak Saloon, located in Fargo, North Dakota, Borrowed Bucks, The Loft and Parrots’ Cay in Grand Forks and Happy Trails in Argusville.

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