New Players Center for Performing Arts in Lakewood Ranch
SchenkelShultz is the Architect of Record for the new $28 million Performing Arts Center for The Players in Sarasota. To be located in Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside development, the new 70,000 square-foot multi-use venue will feature a 480-seat Main Stage Auditorium, 125-seat Black Box Theatre, a 100-seat Cabaret, expanded Education component, and an Outdoor Events Plaza. The project is currently in design and in association with Westlake Reed Leskosky, part of the DLR Group, with leadership coming from their New York City studio.
The Players is an 88-year old establishment dedicated to delivering quality productions of classic and current Broadway caliber musicals and plays and will continue those productions within the new Main Stage Auditorium. With the new relocation, program expansion will include smaller musicals within an intimate cabaret space and serve as a home for touring and local professional jazz artists and cabaret acts. The Black Box will allow for small comedies and tragedies designed to entertain, but also provoke a deeper conversation about the art of theater along with classics from American authors, including a more substantial educational program for persons of all ages.