WELCOME TO THE
2020 INTERNSHIP AT THE BROADWAY THEATER
The Broadway Theater is accepting applications for their fall 2020 internship/scholarship program for students interested in the performing arts, theater operations, marketing and similar programs. The scholarship is open to upcoming high school seniors or students enrolled at Western Wyoming Community College with a September 1, 2020 start date for the fall semester.
The successful candidate will work at the Broadway Theater in all aspects of operations – marketing, maintenance, schedule coordination, event planning & set-up, lighting and sound, grant research & writing, and performer contracts. The successful candidate will also meet specific goals as outlined in the application process; he/she will be evaluated and coached extensively throughout the term.
The program is being funded by the Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Education (SBOCES). According to Dr. Bernadine Craft, SBOCES Executive Director, they are excited about funding this upcoming program for students in Sweetwater County, as opposed to merely providing performance support.
“This enhanced program will give students hands-on experience with all aspects of the theater and performing arts, as well as grant writing and business management skills, reinforcing their classroom studies,” Dr. Craft added. It is hoped that the program will prove to be of greater practical benefit to students than sporadic master class opportunities.
One of the goals of SBOCES is to support cooperative efforts to improve career/technical education in Sweetwater County. The successful candidate will apply classroom experience and interest to a real world setting, acting as a theater coordinator to assist with all areas of theater operations. Ultimately, the successful candidate will leave the program with enhanced career and technical skills and a better understanding of potential jobs in the field.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship/internship can download an application from the Broadway Theater’s website at BroadwayRS.com or by calling 307-352-1434. Deadline is May 15, 2020.
Opening Christmas Day with “There’s a Girl in my Heart”, the original West Theater was built in 1948; seating 758 people. Soon after opening, other existing theaters closed down making the West Theater the city’s premier and only functioning movie theater for nearly 30 years. Eventually, the West Theater was sold and became the Rock Theater and continued to show films. As Rock Springs grew, business quickly outgrew the location and the business moved to the, then newly built, White Mountain Mall. Unfortunately, after the move the original location, owned by Victory Fellowship Church, sat vacant for nearly a decade only being occasionally used for storage.
In June 2008, the City of Rock Springs and Urban Renewal Agency purchased the Rock Theater for $90,000 in efforts to restore, maintain, and assist in economic development of the historic downtown area. Private investments in the sum of $500,000 as well as a $1.7 million investment contributed by the City of Rock Springs and the Wyoming Business Council made the restoration of the theater, completed in 2011, possible. In a combined effort from a local non-profit organization, Rock Springs Renewal Fund, Inc., private industries, and community members, the theater is once again the gem of Downtown Rock Springs.
The first official season of the Broadway Theater consisted of just five shows hosted by the theater. However, many private shows and events took place in the venue; being used in the early years for weddings, funerals, private parties, fundraising events, and many performing arts productions. Although the theater is still available for rent for private events and parties, the Broadway is now being used for what it was designed for…Theater events! In 2015, the Broadway Theater hosted over 50 events with attendance topping 7,000 people.
The Broadway Theater has had the opportunity to have positive economic impacts on the restoration of the historical downtown area as it has brought residents to the downtown area and increased revenues for surrounding businesses. Today, the Urban Renewal Agency and the City of Rock Springs continue working to maintain and improve the Broadway Theater so that it remains the heartbeat of Down Town Rock Springs and strengthens the economy of the historical down town area.