Flint, MI—For the first time in more than 30 years, The New McCree Theatre has a place to call its own. 

The theatre’s history stretches back to 1970 when it was founded as part of the Genesee County Model Cities Program. After a 19-year run, what is now known as The ‘old’ McCree Theatre went on hiatus until 2004. 

That year, The New McCree Theatre was born with a renewed focus on African philosophy and education. Since its reincarnation, however, the theatre has jumped around from venue to venue and lease to lease. 

Earlier this year, however, The New McCree Theatre found its permanent home in the former Charity United Methodist Church building on 4601 Clio Road. 

Patricia Enright, marketing director for McCree, said the establishment of a permanent location has reinvigorated the theatre and allowed it to revisit its roots. 

“This is the first time that we’ve owned our own building and it’s like a fresh start. We want to go back to the days when we had the vision to be a haven for the community where children can come and we can nurture and cultivate their gifts,” Enright said.

To commemorate this new beginning, The New McCree Theatre is kicking off its 2021-2022 season with a 15-week long Saturday Day Camp for Flint youth ages 5 -13. 

The camps, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday starting Sept. 11, will consist of classes in drama, dance, and vocal music. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Along with these Saturday day camps, McCree will be launching an afterschool program made up of classes in dance, drama, and vocal music. These classes will also be free and are open to children ages 5-18.

The classes will culminate in a Community Children’s Choir, a Community Youth Choir, and a stage production.

Attendance will be limited due to COVID-19 guidelines. Registration will be first-come,first-serve. Children can be registered by visiting the theatre offices Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling (810) 787-2200. For additional information visit The New McCree Theatre website.

Santiago Ochoa is Flint Beat's Latinx Community reporter. He is always looking to write about anything Flint or Latinx. He especially enjoys investigative reporting and human-interest stories. A communications...

5 replies on “McCree Theatre finds a permanent home in north Flint, kicks off new season”

  1. I am so very pleased to hear of your move to permanent housing. How great. Thank you for all that you do by way of teaching, encouraging and providing an alternative reality for young and old AAs. I wish you continued success.

  2. Has Ms. Enright AKA Patricia Gray repaid all the seniors and church people she and Pastor Larry Holley rans a years long scam on and stole retirement money from? How would you like it, Ms. Enright, if someone stole from your family or loved ones? If Enright is being paid by McCree, I hope she makes restitution to the victims . I notice that the sentencing date for her and Holley kept getting pushed back. The sentencing is scheduled for September 21, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the federal courthouse.

  3. I am really surprised that she is now employed there and awaiting a prison sentence fort her “financial wisdom scheme” she had going on with Pastor Larry Holley. How and why did she get hired there?? I used to date her when we were going to the same Church and she turned out to be BAD for me after I asked to marry her. I am GLAD we broke up! I still think she is a stuck up woman just because she was once a Hollywood actress many years ago. She and Holley owe MANY people MILLIONS for what they did. They even had a radio show about this on GOSPEL radio station WFLT AM 1420 and the people foolishly fell for their scheme and lost their entire life savings. They got NOTHING in return! How could she do this and call herself a “Christian”?? She does not need to be working in a public position like this until she and Holley have repaid all the multi millions they owe a lot of people. This is not right. Thank you, Concerned Citizen! This needed to be said!

  4. Well, once again the sentencing dates has been changed for Holley and Gray.
    9/15/2021 – The Sentencing Hearings for defendants Larry A. Holley and Patricia Gray, have been rescheduled. Please make note of the new date and times.

    The Sentencing Hearing for defendant Holley will take place on October 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
    The Sentencing Hearing for defendant Gray will take place on October 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

    These hearings will be IN-PERSON court proceedings before the Honorable Laurie Michelson. Virtual viewing of these hearings is not offered.

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