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story.lead_photo.caption JANUARY 2020 FILE: Mike Gorman, in the background, carries lumber to where it's needed as Taylor Hume drills screws to secure the underneath of the stage. Both volunteered in early January to help Capital City Productions try to meet the deadline for their first play in the new location. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Work is still underway, but that won't stop Capital City Productions from raising the curtain for the first time at their new venue.

"I Do! I Do!" is a musical focusing on the marriage of Agnes and Michael from their wedding day until the day they leave their home as an elderly couple, with each scene taking place in their bedroom around their four poster bed. It was originally scheduled to run this weekend, but director Rob Crouse said they opted to push the dates back to Feb. 6-8 to allow more time for work on CCP's new venue at 719 Wicker Lane.

"It's very funny; it's very heartwarming," Crouse said of the show, adding it's something all couples will enjoy.

Crouse said the show will also operate as a fundraiser for CCP. The all-volunteer organization is trying to raise $150,000-$175,000 for the needed renovations at the new space, which they moved into early this month. Crouse said they wanted to make tickets more affordable for anyone who wants to come and support the theater, so the show will be performed without a buffet dinner and a ticket cost of $15 each.

CCP will also hold a raffle with the show. Crouse said there are several great raffle items, but specifically mentioned two sets of two tickets to "Hamilton" at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, complete with dinner at the Fox Club.

The show is part of new programming announced in early December as part of the move to Wicker Lane. It's the first of six shows that make up the new Spotz On the Artist series, which brings Central Missouri professional entertainers and smaller musicals and plays to Jefferson City.

"I Do! I Do!" will star Steve Kretzer and Margaret Graham. Crouse said one of the reasons they opted to do this show is because of the limited cast and sets — only two actors and one set needed makes for a much easier production when the venue is still needing work. Plus, he said, it's just a great show.

"I have loved this show for years," Crouse said.

Crouse said the venue is coming along with part of the stage put up and electrical work underway. He said they ordered carpet for the auditorium recently and emphatically praised Howell's Carpet, which gave CCP some spare flooring as an in-kind donation. Crouse said the donation is enough to do the floors in the rest of the venue. Right now, he said, they just need to get enough done in order to open the doors.

"I think people will appreciate seeing the work in progress," he said.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8 with a matinee performance at 1 p.m. Feb. 8. Crouse said he hopes to see all four shows completely filled to demonstrate community support for CCP. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit capitalcityproductions.org.

The 2020 season for CCP will officially open Feb. 13 with "The Bodyguard: The Musical."

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