The venue formerly known as the Reed Whipple Cultural Center faces a transformation, though ground on the 50-year-old property has yet to be broken for construction.
Back in September, CityLife reported that the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company planned to open the revamped venue in early 2014. Now, the opening date has been slated for September 2015.
LVSC president Michael Gill cites property inspections as a partial reason.
“We could have made it this year, but it would have been very rushed,” he says. “We don’t want to do it rushed, because construction with this old of a building, we’re going to hit a surprise.”
Gill says it’s also taken some time to figure out partnerships with local performing nonprofits. The LVSC will only utilize its stage 28 weeks of the year, so Gill and others have approached performing arts groups to fill out the calendar. The groups would be allowed to use the stage rent- and utility-free, which is a mandate.
One thing that hasn’t influenced the group’s plans: The Smith Center.
“I’m used to cities this size having both organizations, so I don’t think we’re in any way competitive,” Gill says. “I think we complement each other. The Smith Center opening just proves that there’s an actual desire from the community to have these kinds of facilities.”
The opening show will be On Your Toes, by Richard Rogers, which will run for four weeks. The company will have a six-show subscription series. LVSC will announce the schedule of its first season this summer, along with affiliate events and the venue’s new name.