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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Gainesville: Butterfield Stage


COMMUNITY THEATER

The Butterfield Stage carries on the tradition of community theater for citizens of Gainesville in a repurposed historic Carnegie Library built in the early 1900s. Organized in 1979 by local thespians and Cooke County residents Roger Boyce, Tom Carson and Monica Hess, the Butterfield provides a home to the Butterfield Stage Players as well as serving as arts center for the Gainesville area. Each season, the troupe performs a series of entertaining productions ranging from comedy to drama, musicals, radio shows and theatre by and for children. The Butterfield’s permanent home is the former Cooke County Free Library, a stately structure built courtesy of a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation secured by 1913 Gainesville city librarian Lillian Gunter. The Butterfield modified the former library to accommodate their stage and installed repurposed seating from the Cooke County courthouse. For Gainesville area citizens who’ve always longed for the romance of stage life, the Butterfield auditions are open to everyone and conducted in a relaxed, casual fashion. Break a leg!


Location

  • 201 South Denton
  • Gainesville, Texas
  • 76241

Contact

Hours

  • Contact ticket office for performance schedule and pricing at 940-665-1284.


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