The North Fork Community Theatre is gearing up for major renovations.

Since 1962, the North Fork Community Theatre has performed more than 200 high-quality shows in a quaint, circa-1830 space rented from the Mattituck Presbyterian Church.

Determined to make the beloved space their permanent home, the NFCT launched a fundraising campaign, “Building on Tradition,” aiming to raise $1,000,000 to purchase and renovate the structure. The community wholeheartedly embraced the endeavor and NFCT bought the building in 2012 for half their fundraising goal. It is now partially renovated, with major renovations to commence following NFCT’s Youth on Stage production of Seussical, running July 19 to Aug. 5.

“North Fork Community Theatre is an integral part of the community,” says Mary Motto Kalich, board president of NFCT. “The joy of working really hard on a project with like minded people…it is good for everyone, especially kids.”

The all-volunteer organization presents a fall and spring musical, two winter plays and a Youth on Stage performance in summer, providing an opportunity for individuals to use their talents, learn and have fun.

Seussical will showcase an “outrageous level of energy and talent in the kids [ranging in age from 14 to 22],” she says. Following Seussical, the NFCT will extend the stage by three feet on either side, build an orchestra pit and rehearsal room below the stage, and add new lighting.

“The main goal is to keep the local charm and feel of the theatre but also enhance outdated technology so our patrons can better see, hear and experience live theatre,” says Kalich.

North Fork Community Theatre is located at 12700 Old Sound Ave. in Mattituck. They can be reached at 631-298- 6328, 631-298-4500, or nfct.com Tickets cost $25.

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