Las Vegas Shakespeare Company unveils $45 million expansion
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas is taking another step forward in embracing and fostering the arts.
This time, the Reed Whipple Center downtown is slated to to receive a $45 million expansion , which will include not only a new theater, but a new restaurant, lounge and art gallery.
It was exactly one year ago that the city council leased the Reed Whipple Center to the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company.
The theater hopes to present a nine month season of shows including, Shakespeare, plays, and musical theater.
The next nine months will be spent doing some fundraising to add 10,000 square feet to the back of the Whipple Cultural Center.
Unlike the Smith Center, which opened earlier this year, just a few blocks away, the Shakespeare company will feature locally designed performances.
Dan Decker, with the company, explains the difference between the two venues, "We're very proud of the Smith Center and the wonderful work they're doing. But as opposed to the Smith Center, which is a road house, they bring in outside productions, we create our own productions here in Las Vegas."
The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company hopes to begin renovations to the building sometime early next year, aiming to kick off their first season of theater productions in early 2014.