The WYO Theater Capital Campaign has begun the public phase of the campaign under the direction of Kennon Products CEO Ron Kensey. A news release from the WYO Theater states that there are currently 35 community members that are recruiting as campaigners and have started making contact with over 1,500 potential donors to the project.
The campaign is focused on gifts of $5,000 or less over 5 years in order to qualify for the $250,000 pledge from the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation. Currently, masonry work creating the structure for the added wing space and new fly system is underway. Foundations needed for steel work, retaining walls at the front and rear of the property and preparation for utilities are nearing completion.
According to the news release, the theater will close following the August, 11th performance by Aaron Tippin and reopen in early September. The project is a collaboration between the WYO Theater, the city of Sheridan and Sheridan College that will include an enlarged lobby of the WYO Theater and additional restrooms and a new concession stand. The project will also include a smaller theater that is referred to as a black box that will be utilized by students from the Sheridan College performing arts program.