McCOOK, Nebraska -- A stream of visitors toured the Fox Theatre Sunday afternoon to see the many changes which were accomplished during the $517,000, eight-month long renovation project.
Charles Coleman, the chairman of the Fox Operations and Events Committee, estimated 300 people took advantage of the opportunity to tour the theater, thereby getting a close-up look at all areas at the theatre. "For many," Coleman said, "it was the first time they have ever seen the back stage areas and the dressing rooms beneath the stage."
Seven members of the Fox Board of Directors and the Fox Operations & Events Committee conducted the tours. The tour leaders included Elizabeth Benjamin, Kerri Unger, Cindy Kohmetscher, Michelle Lytle, Kay Flaska, Karen Van Hooten and Mr. Coleman.
During the tours, visitors could also enjoy musical entertainment provided by the Capella Nova instrumental quartet of Paul Wood, Don McCorkle, Joanne Wendelin and Lonnie Weyeneth; the piano music of Cheryl Christner; the cello and piano skills of Amber and Barbara Leising; and the singing talent of David Sandman.
Those seeking information about the Fox are invited to visit the theater's recently revamped website at foxtheatremccook.org.
The still emerging website will soon include a list of all upcoming events at the theatre.
The Fox, constructed in 1927 and 1928, hosted its first performance, a vaudeville show, on Jan. 28, 1928. Using that as the theatre's "birth" date, the Grand Old Lady we call the Fox will have its 86th birthday two weeks from today on Monday, Jan. 28.