MARS BLACK BOX THEATER
Completed in 2014, the Mars Theater is a flexible black box theater. This modern space puts the audience in direct contact with the stage action.
An acoustically sound space, the Mars boasts a new lighting grid, stage lift, and sound equipment. In conjunction with construction of the Mars, much-needed lobby, restroom, rehearsal, and storage space were also added.
The Mars Black Box is an ideal space for developing work and producing intimate shows which would be lost in a larger venue.
Through the years it has undergone many changes, but whatever those changes, the theater has always been an integral part of the community.
The WYO was originally built in 1923 as the Lotus, a vaudeville theater. The theater entertained Sheridan families for nearly 60 years with both live performances and films before closing its doors in 1982. Its future uncertain, the theater seemed destined to become just another main street memory.
Faced with the loss of this venerable landmark the citizens of Sheridan came together to rescue the building. Community leadership coupled with the generous gifts of time and money by individuals, businesses, and private foundations not only saved the theater, but renovated it to become an architectural centerpiece and important performing arts facility for downtown Sheridan.Since reopening in 1989 as a road house, the WYO has brought countless hours of live entertainment, cultural enrichment, and educational opportunities to the greater Sheridan community. Click here to learn more about the WYO Theater.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to create theater in a festival setting? Stick around after the evening showings of “Another Roll of the Dice,” “Hollywood, Nebraska,” and “The Resolute” for a chat with the cast, crew, and/or other festival folks. This is an opportunity to ask questions and share your experience with the shows while they are fresh in your mind. Through these talkbacks, festival audiences play a direct role in shaping the theater of tomorrow. Talkback sessions will be held in the Mars Theater, immediately following the evening performances.
LET’S HEAR IT!
A new day calls for a new play! Once a play has gone through a few drafts, it needs to be heard in order to be improved. At Let’s Hear It! you are invited to experience readings of plays and to discuss your experience. This allows the Wyoming Theater Festival to make informed decisions during the development of its plays and provides for an awesome audience experience.
Come back to school as you interact with theater experts in a variety of workshops, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate and entertain. Come explore playwriting with playwrights, directing with directors, acting with actors, tech with techies, and theater with thespians.