SUGAR FACTORY PLAYHOUSE
Sugar Factory Playhouse aims to provide opportunities for people to enjoy quality theatrical productions, develop talents and skills, and come together as a community within West Jordan and the surrounding area.
Theater arts produce a wide range of benefits to those who enjoy them. A production can bring members of a community together for entertainment, as well as create experiences that enlarge a world perspective or deepen personal reflections. Participation in theater gives individuals opportunities to work together toward a common goal, develop enriching abilities, and build lasting relationships with others in their community.
The support of civic leaders and residents alike is essential for a theater arts program to thrive and cultivate long lasting benefits.
The Sugar Factory Playhouse (SFP) roots go back to the creation of the West Jordan Performing Arts Board that was established in 1995. Since that time, the Board has grown and evolved into the Cultural Arts Society of West Jordan which encompasses all mediums of art, performance, and creativity. The SFP is now a proud branch of a great tree of cultural experiences available to all.
The first SFP performance was Ruth Hale's Dude Ranch in the summer of 1995, held in a picnic pavilion in the West Jordan Main Park. For the next eight years, there was a show in the park every summer and twice during that time venues were secured for indoor winter productions.
In 2004 the troupe was granted access to a portion of the old West Jordan sugar factory and took on the name of Sugar Factory Playhouse. Previous uses of the buildings included a shop, a boxing workout room, and a truck storage garage. Cast and crew alike learned to be flexible working through unique situations such as weather delays or choreographing around a street sweeper that had been left behind. Despite it all, they were able to provide laughs, smiles, and memorable moments to the patrons that frequently filled the venue to capacity.
In 2010 the City of West Jordan deemed the sugar factory buildings unsafe. Three days before the scheduled opening of See How They Run, the production leaders were notified the show could not be held in the building.
Thanks to the generosity of the Midvale City and Midvale Arts Council, and some dedicated volunteers, the entire set was moved to the Midvale Performing Arts Center and the show opened on time.
Since that time, the Sugar Factory Playhouse has been without a permanent home. Over the years, they have found temporary performance space in several locations.
In November 2017, the City of West Jordan broke ground for a dedicated cultural arts facility to act as a permanent home for Sugar Factory Playhouse and other entities within the West Jordan Cultural Arts Society. But construction was halted shortly after and various attempts to secure a permanent Arts Center have yet to been seen through to completion.
Despite this, the Sugar Factory Playhouse bravely persists in its effort and vision to bring theater and community together.
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