Gatesville: Playwright hopes to create performing arts center for at risk kids

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A playwright and Gatesville native hopes to make a difference in the community by creating a performing arts center for at risk kids.

Claude Williams said the facility would allow kids to express themselves through the arts.

"Right now there's nothing here in the Gatesville community as far as the arts where kids can participate in other than what they can get out of school," said Williams.

"I want to bring the street to the studio," he said.

Williams wrote and is the director of a new play titled "After the Pain", which will premier in the Gatesville Civic Auditorium July 27.

He said a portion of the proceeds will go toward funding that project, and to a scholarship program given to a Gatesville high school student.

The Virginia Williams Scholarship Fund was created in memory of William's mother in 2005.

Williams has been unable to award the scholarship to a student since 2012 because there weren't sufficient funds.

He said he hopes to restore the fund, and award it to a student next academic year.

As for the performing arts center, Williams has already started scouting some abandoned buildings in town.

"Is this in the beginning stages? Yes. Could this possibly take years? Absolutely. But I'm a firm believer that if you have the passion, desire, and drive to make things happen, they can," he said.