Theater Group Breathing New Life to Old School

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

WICKETT - An old forgotten school house in the small of town of Wickett will get a second chance at life.

"What it started out was an oil town, and the way those things go it will boom for a while and then slow down," Wicket Mayor, Harold Ferguson, said.

Now the population of Wickett has dwindled to around 500 and the elementary school was closed in 1999.

"Kept closing it, sending different grades to Monahans, and finally they just shut it plum down," he said.

Different groups have used the schoolhouse over the years including a Bluegrass Jamboree, and now the Sandhills Civic Theater is moving in.

"There just wasn't anything in Monahans, lots of buildings but not in good shape, we came out and looked at it, and we were like wow this has potential," Board of Directors President, Evelyn Jones said.

But shining up a building decades old takes a lot of work.

"We hope to re-upholster the chairs, redo the lighting," Cast Member Joanie Eaton said.

Work on the first production in the school, "Honky Tonk Angel" is in full swing to give a little soul to the community.

"With the way the economy is, I think people are looking for an escape and I think people are looking for that," Jones said.