SchenkelShultz architect of record for new $28 million Lakewood Ranch performing arts center

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SchenkelShultz Architecture is the Architect of Record for the new $28 million The Players Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota.

To be located in Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside development, the new 70,000 sq. ft. multi-use venue will feature a 480-seat main stage auditorium, a 125-seat Black Box Theatre, a 100-seat cabaret, plus an expanded education component and an outdoor events plaza.

The project is currently in design in association with Westlake Reed Leskosky, part of the DLR Group, with leadership coming from their New York City studio. Design is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

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.