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CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) recently broke ground on a multipart project meant to enhance the guest experience at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the campus of Southern Utah University.
The project includes a new gift store, a concessions stand, a clock tower, an outdoor gathering area and landscaping and seating upgrades at SUMA, according to a recent news release announcing the projects.
“Festival guests are in for a wonderful surprise when the visit this summer,” Frank Mack, the festival’s executive producer, said in the news release. “We are adding a new gift shop in the Engelstad Theatre, a new concessions stand, and beautiful new lawns and gardens that include a colonnade of trees with new outdoor seating to form a new gathering place for guests to visit, relax, sip refreshments and enjoy the serenity of the Beverly Center for the Arts.”
“Generous donations from the Gardner and Adelman families have made these improvements possible, and I’m grateful for their support,” Mack said.
In addition to private donors, Iron County has awarded the overall undertaking a grant via the county’s restaurant tax. Southern Utah University also contributed significantly to enable the construction of the new gift shop.
The largest four projects are meant to enhance the Festival experience by providing shopping, concessions and gathering space to the area east of the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre.