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. Originally opening as the Emma K. Herbst Playhouse in 1967, today’s FMCT 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 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. In December 2019, wooden beams spanning the 52-year-old auditorium failed, causing the organization to vacate the premises. The building was deemed unsafe and was eventually demolished in November of 2022. In the summer of 2021, FMCT moved into a new space in the iconic Hjemkomst Center in downtown Moorhead, MN, where productions are now held year-round. Plans were recently announced to rebuild FMCT’s theater in the heart of downtown Fargo as part of a mixed-use building, in partnership with the Kilbourne Group, Global Development, and the City of Fargo. Groundbreaking for the new building will take place in the spring of 2024. FMCT is officially organized under the name Northern Prairie Performing Arts.

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