LAYTON Live theater may soon be coming to town as the displaced StageRight Theater Company wants to relocate in Layton.
StageRight representatives told the City Council recently they hope to remodel and occupy the vacant First National Bank building on the northwest corner of Main and Gentile.
"It's a small building but will provide an intimate setting for theater," said Raelynn Potts, board chairwoman for StageRight.
Layton's Ellison family has been negotiating a lease for the building, located just north of the current First National Bank building, with the theater group.
Potts said they could receive a five-year renewable lease for the building that could span a decade, after which time the Ellisons may consider donating the building to the theater company.
A full mechanical and structural study for the building hasn't been done, but she said the plumbing is deficient and estimates it could take about $250,000 to revamp the building for live theater use.
The nonprofit theater company is applying for Community Bock Grants and other funding. It will also solicit private donations and eventually ask the city for a financial contribution.
The Davis Arts Council is also excited about the theater company's relocation and supports the move. The theater group also has a partnership with the DATC.
Potts believes the building could provide seating for about 80 theatergoers, and StageRight could eventually offer about four productions a year.
StageRight was founded in Bountiful in 1987 and moved to Salt Lake City in 1994. It has been displaced by the Cottonwood Mall's renovation. The theater company's property now sits in some Layton storage units, awaiting a new home.
"It's an exciting opportunity for the city," Mayor Steve Curtis said, stressing he's glad a private enterprise is doing this.
Councilman Michael Bouwhuis said he's attended some previous StageRight productions and they are funny and very entertaining.
"The timing of this is quite nice," he said, in reference to the arrival this spring of the nearby FrontRunner commuter rail, which will have a stop just a few hundred yards away.
Potts said it could help bring people to Layton's historic downtown district in the evening.
A lack of parking is a possible obstacle for the theater company's new home, but she said an agreement could hopefully be worked out with the present First National Bank building and other nearby businesses. Out-of-towners could ride FrontRunner to attend productions.
Potts also said there is a possibility that the revamped building could also offer space for chamber music and dance performances."It could be a very community-oriented space," she said.
E-mail: [email protected]