A Center for the Performing Arts

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The Sheridan City Council gave their approval of a grant application to renovate the WYO Theater and surrounding buildings making it the WYO Performing Arts Center.
The Sheridan City Council gave their approval of a grant application to renovate the WYO Theater and surrounding buildings making it the WYO Performing Arts Center.

The Sheridan City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a $2 million grant application that will go a long way in expanding the performing arts in Sheridan. The first phase of the WYO Performing Arts Center project will consist of renovating and remodeling the WYO Theater and the adjacent Perkins building into a performing arts complex that will benefit students of Sheridan College and residents of the community.

WYO Theater Executive Director Nick Johnson explains what one of the first upgrades to the theater will be.

The first phase will also connect the Perkins building and the WYO Theater, which will allow for an expanded lobby area and create a multi-functional performance space dubbed the “black box theater”.

The total estimated cost of the project is $2,210,000, with the additional funding to come from a variety of sources including the WYO Theater and Sheridan College.

The value of both the Perkins building and the WYO Theater will be used as the matching contribution for the grant. The original grant application that was withdrawn last fall at the advice of the Wyoming Business Council would have been for $3 million, and would have incorporated the Hallmark building into the initial plans as well.

Plans to remodel the Hallmark building will now come during a future phase of the project, as additional funding sources are identified.

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