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Closer to home: BLT in Residence at Lee College moves theater shows to Performing Arts Center

Baytown Little Theater will move closer to its future as all performances following the conclusion of the current show, “Other Desert Cities,” move to Texas Avenue – performing at the Lee College Performing Arts Center until renovations can be made to the theater’s own building a few blocks away. The theater’s next play, special performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” will be in the black box theater of the Lee PAC Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

Theater President Patti Meiners said the BLT agreement with Lee College is for the theater to be in residence at Lee College for up to two years.
“Baytown Little Theater in Residence at Lee College,” is how the theater describes the new relationship, she said. The theater remains an independent organization with its own board and programming, though the shared space may allow new opportunities for collaboration with the college’s Performing Arts Center and its theatre program.

“We welcome participation with the students and with the community as always when we do shows,” Meiners said.

BLT and Lee College have a history of collaboration through summer musicals that have been staged at the Performing Arts Center.
Meiners said the move allows BLT to reduce its operating costs substantially so the organization can focus its efforts on producing excellent plays and on completing its permanent home at the intersection of Texas Avenue and North Main Street.

“At this point it’s a financially sound decision to make this move to Lee College while we’re continuing to move toward our goal of remodeling the new space,” Meiners said. “This is only a short-term plan,” she said. “As Lee College grows their program and our program continues to grow, it will come to a point where it’s not a feasible solution for a long-term relationship.” She said the theater is still working with its architect and contractor to finalize renovation plans, then will move forward with financing and construction.

“We’re excited about this new opportunity and look forward to moving closer to our new space on Texas Avenue,” Meiners said.

Scott Vernon, director of the Lee College Performing Arts Center, also greets the move with enthusiasm.
“We’re real excited about having them over here,” he said.

“It’s going to help us boost the number of students we have enroll in our theatre classes at Lee College,” Vernon said. “It also gets more people into this facility.”

Most of the Baytown Little Theater performances will be in the black box theater, though some will be on the main stage. The black box theater shares a lobby with the main stage.