December 6, 2022

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Players Centre will generate a momentary functionality house in a Sarasota shopping mall

As demolition crews tear down its former theater building near downtown Sarasota to make way for a residential superior increase, the Players Centre for Performing Arts announced Thursday it will build a short-term new house in a Sarasota procuring mall.

CEO William Skaggs, who joined the theater final fall, explained the area’s oldest undertaking arts firm will move into a previous Banana Republic retail outlet inside of The Crossings at Siesta Vital, the new identify of the searching middle that was previously known as Westfield Siesta Important and Southgate Plaza.

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The 5,400-sq.-foot keep should be equipped to accommodate a phase, backstage facilities and up to 140 viewers customers for each performance, Skaggs mentioned in an interview before the formal announcement was designed in an on the internet video showcasing a effectiveness of “Home” from the musical “The Wiz.”

A former Banana Republic store at The Crossings at Siesta Key will be the temporary home for the Players Centre for Performing Arts until it is able to open its planned new theater complex in Lakewood Ranch.

“We are fired up. It is appropriate off the major entrance and there’s terrific parking,” Skaggs explained, including that the shopping mall owners ended up “pleased with obtaining some thing that’s non-retail” occupy the room. The storefront is just inside of the shopping mall entrance closest to Connors Steak & Seafood.

Parking was 1 of the challenges that led the Gamers Centre to announce in 2016 that it would provide its longtime household on U.S. 41 just north of downtown Sarasota and go into a three-theater intricate in the Waterside neighborhood in the Sarasota County portion of Lakewood Ranch.