Blue Water Theatre Company ready for second act in Wayzata 

Charlie Leonard, founder of Blue Water Theatre Company, stands in the youth theater group’s new home – a century old church on Wayzata’s Rice Street. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Jason Jenkins)

On a cold morning, Charlie Leonard unlocks the doors to the century old church. Inside, he offers a tour and excitedly lays out his plans for the building, which as of March 1, officially belongs to the Blue Water Theatre Company.

Founded in 2007 by Leonard, who also serves as Blue Water’s executive and artistic director, the community youth theater group has presented more than 30 productions and is made up of between 150 and 200 actors primarily in grades 6-12 from schools across the metro area.

Blue Water’s planned makeover will convert the church at 605 Rice St. into the nonprofit theatre group’s new rehearsal and performance space. The theater company received approval from the city council in January to take over the soon-to-be former home of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, which is constructing a new building opening this spring in Wayzata’s Holdridge neighborhood. Church officials began looking for a potential buyer for the historic building once those building plans were approved this past June.

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