Performances Take the Stage for Sheridan’s Newest Summer Event
SHERIDAN, Wyo.— On July 13th, Sheridan will host the first ever Wyoming Theater Festival, a unique, two-week experience chock-full of emerging stage plays and musicals, productions, workshops, lectures, discussions, readings and backstage tours. Sheridan is home to a booming arts culture, and the town’s unique and historic venues will appear on the festival’s performance circuit.
The WYO Theater has been Sheridan’s premier performing arts venue since 1923 and has remained an integral part of the community throughout the years. Originally built as the Lotus, the vaudeville theater had been a staple for nearly sixty years before closing its doors in 1982. Luckily, due to the dedication and perseverance of the community, the WYO Theater was renovated to the architectural centerpiece and important performing arts facility it is today. Successful community leadership and generous gifts of time and money by individuals, businesses and private foundations allowed for the reopening of the theater in 1989. The venue has been delivering nonstop entertainment, cultural enrichments and educational opportunities ever since.
As part of an expansion project, the newly-completed Mars Black Box Theater was constructed to compliment the WYO Theater. The WYO Theater expansion project has dramatically increased lobby space and expanded the green room, artist spaces and much-needed wing space, including an elevator serving the new second floor offices and the third floor costume storage and work area.
Also playing host to Wyoming Theater Festival events is Whitney Commons, which features a universally accessible play structure designed for fun and safety, large turf areas supporting any number of informal leisure activities and vintage lighting illuminating pedestrian walks and bike paths.
Original plays will be presented on the Mars Theater and WYO Theater stages throughout the festival, including Romeo & Bernadette, UTAH, Untouched and Eddie Pez Rex. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with playwrights, choreographers, actors and support staff during workshops, backstage tours and after-theater gatherings. Click here for more information on the festival’s performances.
The Wyoming Theater Festival will run from July 13-25, 2015, in Sheridan. Click here for complete schedule of events. Ticket prices for Matinees are $15 General Admission; $10 Seniors/Veterans; $5 Students. Evening Show tickets are $20 General Admission; $15 Seniors/Veterans; $10 Students.
About Wyoming Theater Festival
Sheridan’s newest summer festival will deliver two weeks of emerging stage plays and musicals, offering artists a fully immersive theater experience and allowing audiences to interact with acclaimed professional theater talents in productions, workshops, lectures, discussions, readings and backstage tours. The goal is to be a major force in the development of new works for the American theater, aiding playwrights and musical theater teams in the creation of their cutting-edge work.
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