The cultural landscape of southern Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival will soon take a major step forward with a ceremony that signals the beginning of construction on a new performing and visual arts complex. The groundbreaking for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the Southern Utah University (SUU) campus in Cedar City is scheduled for March 27 at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will serve as the home to the new Shakespeare Theatre and a new studio theater for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, an artistic/production building for the Festival, and the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The Center also features sculpture gardens and other outdoor features on the grounds.
The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to draw state representatives, civic leaders, trustees, major donors, board members, officers, and executives from Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Southern Utah Museum of Art. In addition, the event features past and present SUU presidents, performing and visual artists, and a special presentation that celebrates this unique center for the arts.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is expected to begin rising on the SUU campus in the summer. This is in large measure thanks to the generosity of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and the late Mrs. Sorenson, a visionary and singular friend of education and arts education for children in particular.
March 7, 2014