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WYO Theater demolition ends, construction begins

SHERIDAN — Demolition of the Perkins building immediately adjacent to the WYO Theater is nearing completion, following six weeks of work.

WYO Theater Executive Director Nick Johnson said progress on the demolition phase of the project was delayed somewhat by snowy weather and additional asbestos abatement work. Once materials are removed from the site, steel work can begin.

The sidewalk and lane closure on Main Street will remain in force for the duration of the summer months.

The project, a collaboration between the WYO Theater, the city of Sheridan and Sheridan College, involves new construction utilizing the existing foundation and side walls of the Perkins Building.

The WYO Theater Main Stage and seating area will remain unchanged except for an additional 20 feet of wing space, stage right and an updated system for flying in drops and lighting.

The WYO lobby will be enlarged to include the front area of the new construction, including additional restrooms and a new concession stand. The space currently under demolition will be converted to include a smaller theater (known as a “black box”), dressing rooms, faculty offices and a costume design, construction and storage area.

The theater is expected to be closed from mid-August through September.

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