By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — The Kay County amphitheater is slowly nearing completion, as construction crews begin adding roofing structures to the facility. The amphitheater committee is now seeking community input to determine what types of events and activities residents would like to see at the facility.
The amphitheater is a project of Newkirk Main Street. Once completed, the facility will be given to Kay County, and all residents and citizens will have the same opportunity to use the amphitheater, whether for music performance, dramatic events or other activities.
To understand what attendees will be interested in, everyone is asked to take a short, nine-question survey. Fliers have been posted in Newkirk, Ponca City and Blackwell that have a QR code that can be scanned with a smart device. A link will also be available in the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce’s e-mail blast, according to Chamber President Rich Cotillion.
Participants will answer nine questions, ranging from preferred performances, interest in music and dance, when performances should be held to how often those participants would use the facility.
“We want people to fill out the survey and let us know the kind of performances and events they want to see for Kay County,” Newkirk Main Street Board President Holly Cline said. “Help us decide what to bring to the Kay County amphitheater.”
The Kay County amphitheater was conceived as a way to bring the arts to not just Newkirk, but all of Kay County, and will be available to everyone. That includes school band and choir concerts, theatrical productions and live music, as well as class and family reunions. There is plenty of room for an estimated 300-plus attendees to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the activities.
Before that can happen, the committee needs to understand what participants would like to see, and are once again encouraged to fill out the survey.
“We want them to take our survey, fill it out and let us know what activities they want,” Cline said.
For more information, visit the amphitheater’s Facebook page.