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March 21, 2013

At Texas Opry Theater, the shows must go on

Despite struggles, couple plan to keep theater’s doors open

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Marilyn said Jerry’s health issues required several years of close care, but they returned to Weatherford in 2010 and once again started booking shows into the theater.

“We have just been kind of struggling since then,” she said.

Along with the tribute performers, local musicians and renting out the theater for other events or meetings, the Carters hope to soon bring large acts back to Weatherford like Gene Watson and Connie Smith, possibly with her husband, country music star Marty Stuart.

“We have had (Connie Smith) four times and she has always sold it out but we have never had Marty Stuart,” Marilyn Carter said.

They want to offer family-themed shows and entertainment and be a part of the Weatherford music and entertainment scene, hoping they can work with local government and business leaders to bring people and dollars to Weatherford.

“We have tried to maintain a good family system of shows, something you could bring your grandmother to, you could bring your child to, and you don’t have to worry about bad language,” Jerry Carter said. “We have tried to maintain that through the years.”

Also, they want to be a vehicle to help launch the careers of more local musicians, just like Josh Ward.

“There is some fantastic local talent,” Carter said. “I wanted a place where local talent could come and be able to be seen and heard. Some of country music’s greatest stars got their starts on stages just like the one you see here at The Texas Opry.”

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