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CONTENTS SPRING + SUMMER 2019

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Message from the President Making Broadway a Family Affair Employee Picks of the 2019/2020 Broadway Season Arts Education Experiences at The Smith Center Q&A: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Your New Favorite Venue: Troesh Studio Theater Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards Lessons in Stagecraft Sambalatte Adds New Perk to The Smith Center The Smith Center’s World-Class Stage Crew Keeping Visiting Performers in Good Hands Pick Your Vegas Favorite New Smith Center Executive Has Big Plans New Parking Garages at The Smith Center Making an Art of Communication Members of The Smith Center General Information and Policies Accessibility

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to student matinees, provide one-of-a-kind arts experiences for students and families around the Valley. In particular, I invite you to read about the recent expansion of our Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards. These awards present a lifetime opportunity for high schoolers across Nevada’s communities, and now, more students than ever can play a part. You will also read about many of The Smith Center employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes to create the thrilling performances with which The Smith Center has become synonymous, including our stage crew and those who work hand in hand with visiting performers. These pages provide valuable updates, as well, such as the introduction of Daniel Neel, our new vice president of development; an in-depth look at The Smith Center’s newest “perk” in Sambalatte; and details of the extraordinary parking garage project underway now on our campus.

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or over seven years now, The Smith Center has served as Southern Nevada’s Heart of the Arts, providing a place where artists, audiences and our diverse community can be inspired.

The enriching experiences in store this spring/summer season are no exception, yielding opportunities to see world-class Broadway touring productions, living legends like Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli, exciting dance and acrobatics from around the world and a host of quality family programming for the dreamer in us all. Always integral in our impact is our Education and Outreach Department. Its many programs, from sensory-friendly performances

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It is through the generous public support of our donors and the ongoing sponsorship of Ford and Lewis Roca Rothgerger Christie that The Smith Center can fulfill its mission to inspire and engage. It is my hope that, as you sit in this great hall, your experience will be just that: inspiring.

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PROGRAM Published by The Smith Center

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The SpongeBob Musical National Tour. Photo by Jermey Daniel

Philip Huffman as The Grinch and the 2016 Touring Company of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical

“Mean Girls” Book by Tina Fey, Music by Jeff Richmond, Lyrics by Nell Benjamin, Directed & Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Pictured (L-R): Kerry Butler (Mrs. George) and Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron). Credit: © 2017 Joan Marcus

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Lila Coogan (Anya) in the National Tour of ANASTASIA. Photo by Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade.


MAKING BROADWAY A FAMILY AFFAIR THE SMITH CENTER’S 2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON OFFERS PRODUCTIONS FOR ALL AGES

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s a Las Vegas mother of four, Sarah Iwamuro has more reason than just her love of musicals to attend Broadway shows at The Smith Center.

The performances also offer a special opportunity to make memories with her children. “This is our thing together,” says Iwamuro, who brings her older children, ages 11 and 13, with her to Broadway productions at The Smith Center. She alternates between which child she brings, providing a meaningful night to bond together. Introducing them to the Tony-winning shows that The Smith Center presents throughout the year gives them a taste of the performing arts, just as she experienced growing up with live performances in her native Hawaii. “The Smith Center brings a whole other level of entertainment to Las Vegas,” she says. Families like the Iwamuros can look forward to experiencing many thrilling productions together during The Smith Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway season. This new Broadway season not only offers rich visuals and electrifying musical scores to satisfy adults, its acclaimed family shows like “Anastasia,” “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” and “The SpongeBob Musical” also provide light-hearted storylines that younger generations can enjoy, too.

This lush theatrical production offers plenty for adults to appreciate, too, Beard notes. “It’s a well-told story with very high production value, with beautiful costumes and clever set design,” he promises. Every generation has grown up with Dr. Seuss’ celebrated story of the green and grouchy Grinch, making the high-energy “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” a memorable holiday treat for families of all ages to share together. For families with teens, this season even includes a production speaking directly for their age group: the smash musical “Mean Girls,” adapted from the hit film by “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Tina Fey. “You don’t need to see the movie first, because the show is complete in its own right,” says Beard, noting that audiences of all generations will enjoy the show’s brightly clever and amusing script. “It’s another show I think all audiences will love, because it’s great fun and gives an uplifting message.” The return of “Wicked” also allows families to introduce this entertaining and globally acclaimed production to both youths and adults who haven’t experienced it before.

“This is the perfect occasion to introduce (children) to live theater,” says Paul Beard, COO of The Smith Center.

FROM RUSSIA TO WHOVILLE TO HIGH SCHOOL The Smith Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway Las Vegas Series offers no shortage of fun and memorable productions that will appeal to children and youths – while still serving up fiery wit, stunning sets and unforgettable music for adults to enjoy. Boasting an energizing score by pop icons like David Bowie and Aerosmith that adults will worship, “The SpongeBob Musical” offers all of the familiar characters that young children adore and teenagers grew up with. Meanwhile, “Anastasia” provides a visually stunning stage production of the beloved 20th Century Fox animated film, portraying the classic story of the missing Russian princess Anastasia.

THE BENEFITS OF THEATER FOR YOUNGER GENERATIONS Beyond enjoying a positive experience together, Las Vegas mother Nicole Neal says she finds many benefits to taking her young daughter Audrey to shows at The Smith Center. For instance, establishing the importance of the arts at an early age will spark a lifelong passion, Neal hopes. The shows are also learning opportunities, she adds. Before seeing a show adapted from literature, they always read the book first, she says. “I just think a love for the arts will make Audrey a more well-rounded person,” she says. “At The Smith Center, she just loves everything,”

LEARN MORE For more information about The Smith Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway season, visit www.thesmithcenter.com.

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SMITH CENTER EMPLOYEES SHARE TOP PICKS OF THE 2019/20 BROADWAY SEASON Broadway Season Includes Broadway Blockbusters, Charming Holiday Show and Hot New Hits Journey to the past.

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“ANASTASIA”

Suzanne Chabre, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Even having no familiarity with the animated movie, I was wowed by this production. The visuals were so stunning, I can see why the show was nominated for a Tony for Best Costume Design. I think people of all ages can enjoy a break from reality to get swept up in this romantic and uplifting story – that’s why I’ve already bought tickets for my niece and nephew! “WICKED”

Alecia Westmorland, Communications Manager

I can’t say enough about the imagination and creativity behind this musical. The dazzling set pieces took the production to a whole new level of theater, and many of the songs have such a fun, strong hook. I still constantly play “Defying Gravity” on my iPod. I also personally appreciate the show’s message that empowers audience members to have self-confidence and love themselves just as they are, something we all need to hear every now and then. “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”

Michael Laurita, Senior Manager, Donor Relations

I have been a fan of this show since I was a kid. The music is so powerful, and as a rock opera, it sounds like no other Broadway music you will ever hear. You do not have to be religious to enjoy this show, as it’s really a story of love, betrayal and triumph. This is a must-see show, if just for the score, alone. “HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS”

Jen Flood-Carle, Senior Marketing Manager

This show transports you to Whoville with all its magic! The sets and costumes are lively and colorful, and make you feel like you’re in a fantasy land. And the character of the Grinch is so well done you’ll think you were watching the movie. Las Vegas audiences will also be among just a few cities to experience this production during its exclusive, limited holiday tour. “ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE”

Debby Urbauer, Director, Theater Operations

I walked into this show with no expectations, and what I discovered was a production that is pure, get-on-your-feet-and-dance fun. With a

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score of all Jimmy Buffett songs, you can groove to all the tunes you know and love, and you will still enjoy the show even if you don’t know his music well. Plus, I left the theater smiling from the happy ending! “THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL”

Rayanne Ballaro, Coordinator, Marketing and Communications

Not only is this a musical for those who are young, but also for those young at heart – regardless of whether they’ve seen the TV show! This show features songs by popular artists like Panic! At the Disco, John Legend and Lady Antebellum (to name a few). From the colorful and playful set to the Foley sound designer creating characters’ sound effects on stage, you will be transported to a creative and whimsical place. “ONCE ON THIS ISLAND”

Harrison Harvey, Associate Director, Hospitality

I thought “Once on This Island” was beyond brilliant when I witnessed it in on Broadway. From the sound to the lighting, the costumes and of course the cast, all worked seamlessly together and transported you to a different world. Wait until you see the set! This show is well deserving of its 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical! “MEAN GIRLS”

John McCoy, Director of Marketing

“Mean Girls” is a hilarious new musical that ingeniously weaves an outrageously funny storyline into the sometimes harsh life lessons of growing up and finding yourself. Each carefully crafted character in the show will remind you of your own high school jungle whether that was last week or classmates of yesteryear. It’s super fetch, and fetch is a good thing - you don’t want to miss this show. “THE BAND’S VISIT”

Paul Beard, COO

This show has really gotten a lot of respect and acclaim, and it deserves all of it. The producer took a risk with this show, because he really believed in its theme that if you bring people together who are on ostensibly opposite sides of the political spectrum, they’ll find their common humanity. This production is subtle, nuanced and smart, and really has a lot of depth.


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ARTS EDUCATION EXPERIENCES AT THE SMITH CENTER

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ith the help of generous public support, The Smith Center provides Education and Outreach programs that foster the love of art in future generations, embrace arts education in the community and expand the role of the performing arts in local schools. Check out just a few snapshots of the programs that impact tens of thousands of students and teachers across Southern Nevada every year.

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DISNEY MUSICALS IN SCHOOLS Smith Center Young Ambassador Elise Porter assists with makeup backstage at the sixth annual Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration.


SENSORY FRIENDLY ARTS EXPERIENCES Magician and Teaching Artist Kevin Spencer visited The Smith Center for a Community Residency in March to bring the joy of magic to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ENGAGING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THROUGH STUDENT MATINEES Education and Outreach Interns assist with collecting post-show reflections from students and teachers immediately following student matinee performances.

Teaching Artist Lisa Davis facilitates a Links to Literature classroom visit to work with students before and after they attend a Student Matinee Performance at The Smith Center, deepening their understanding of the book and performance.

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Q&A

JOEL HENRIOD LAS VEGAS OFFICE MANAGING PARTNER LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER CHRISTIE

LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER CHRISTIE HAS GROWN INTO ONE OF NEVADA’S LARGEST LAW FIRMS SINCE IT FIRST OPENED A LAS VEGAS OFFICE IN 1999. AS A GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN THAT ENGAGES IN SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY SUPPORT, INCLUDING OFFERING PRO BONO PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITY NONPROFITS LIKE THE SMITH CENTER, WHY IS COMMUNITY SERVICE SUCH A PRIORITY? We’re true believers. I don’t mean to sound like a Boy Scout but, really, the people who make up the firm—the lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, runners, etc.—believe deeply in the virtue of citizenship. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has a longstanding tradition of handling pro bono matters for people with financial need, promoting legal representation and donating significant resources to ensuring justice for the indigent. We especially like to collaborate with other attorneys from other firms and legal aid societies, such as the Volunteer Lawyers Program. As part of this program, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys staff a walk-in clinic 25 days per year. To be honest, the cases we do for free often are the most interesting and rewarding, like the Miranda case back in 1966. In Phoenix, over fifty years ago, partners John P. Frank and John Flynn handled the  Miranda v. Arizona  case, giving rise to "Miranda Rights." You know, “you have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be held against you, etc.” Most recently we’ve handled a few cases in the Ninth

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Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Jewish prisoner’s constitutional right to a kosher diet, defendants sentenced to the death penalty, and aliens seeking political asylum. Our partner, Susan Freeman, recently handled a pro bono case in the United States Supreme Court ensuring that small, family farmers have the same bankruptcy reorganization rights as large conglomerates. And I’m really proud of the cases we take on behalf of veterans. AS A SPONSOR OF THE SMITH CENTER’S BROADWAY LAS VEGAS SERIES, LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER CHRISTIE HELPS PRESENT THE BEST OF BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS TO SOUTHERN NEVADA AUDIENCES. WHY DID YOUR FIRM FEEL THIS WAS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT? Because seeing a play is fun! That’s a worthwhile end in itself. And, here again, we’re true believers. Strong communities provide enjoyment of art. Arts uplift the soul. And that uplift inspires people to be better citizens, especially when they enjoy the arts in congregation with others. WHY THE BROADWAY SERIES, IN PARTICULAR? Thomas Morton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” That is true about plays more than any other artistic medium. HOW DO YOU THINK THE SMITH CENTER HAS IMPACTED SOUTHERN NEVADA SINCE ITS OPENING IN 2012? Las Vegas could be considered the entertainment capital of the US and possibly the world. The nightlife, entertainment and dining experience now is coupled with the opportunity to explore the beauty of the arts through dance and theatre at The Smith Center. The Smith Center has provided the opportunity for residents of Las Vegas, Henderson, and surrounding communities to enjoy the culture of a world-class city.


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TROESH STUDIO THEATER YOUR NEW FAVORITE VENUE AT THE SMITH CENTER

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or your next afternoon or evening out, imagine kicking back and enjoying laugh-out-loud comedy or a riveting performance by top musicians - all up close, in an intimate setting.

Troesh Studio Theater, named and Carol Troesh, at The Smith

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Seating up to 250, this versatile space inside Boman Pavilion across the courtyard from Reynolds Hall houses our most engaging shows best experienced up close, with performers often interacting directly with audience members seated just a few feet away. This includes regularly presenting extended runs of uplifting comedy shows like “Spamilton: An American Parody,” “One Woman Sex and the City,” Off-Broadway hit “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” and “Sister’s Easter Catechism.” The space is also home to a range of shows like classical ensemble performances and dramatic plays, guaranteeing audiences will always enjoy an immediate, immersive entertainment experience. “Every show I’ve seen in this theater I have loved - the comedy shows were so much fun! I would see them all again.” – Caroline W., Patron

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GROWING THE SPOTLIGHT AT THE NEVADA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS

The Smith Center Significantly Expands Its Annual Awards Program

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inning Best Actress at the 2018 Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards not only validated Ahnaleisa Hodges’ hard work, she says, but her talent, too.

“I’ve been skeptical about pursuing (musical theater as a profession), because of the struggles of being a performer — but after this, I’ve decided I’m willing and strong enough,” Hodges says of the annual statewide event created and hosted by The Smith Center. Many students’ lives have changed after being recognized at the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards, which since 2013 has featured gifted high school students performing solo and ensemble musical numbers on stage at The Smith Center, all vying for Best Actor and Best Actress. With participants qualifying by performing a lead role in a high school production, the winners go on to perform on a Broadway stage in the

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national high school musical theater awards, the Jimmy® Awards. But lead actors and actresses aren’t the only talents that make high school productions shine. With this in mind, The Smith Center significantly expanded its awards program this year with not only more award categories, but also more performances — honoring the many collaborative efforts and talents of high school musical theater productions. With twice as many high schools participating in the 2019 Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards as past years, this marks the recipe for a showstopping event. “This is a lifetime opportunity for a greater number of Nevada high school students than in past years,” says Kim Russell, program manager with The Smith Center.


HONORING EVERY TALENT The Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards will no longer just celebrate musical theater students from leading roles. The event will also recognize the top supporting and featured actors and actresses from their respective high school musical productions, as well as chorus and choreography ensembles and live student orchestras. This means an expanded awards show. Beyond the opening number incorporating all of the Best Actor and Actress nominees, selected finalists will perform their solos throughout the event as the awards for the “Best” in each of the categories are recognized. This year’s event will also feature ensemble performances by selected schools from the Best Overall Musical award category. “We anticipate this to be the largest Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards event thus far,” Russell says.

Whether [students] study lighting, sets, costume design or the triple threat of singing, acting and dancing, the experience of participating and performing on stage at The Smith Center is life changing.” Kim Russell, Education and Outreach Program Manager

CELEBRATING BEHIND THE SCENES, TOO Skills beyond performing will also be recognized this year. The awards program will honor Nevada high school productions’ top direction, as well as set and costume designs. “The student involvement in the design and construction of costumes and sets is a valuable educational opportunity, as is performing, and equally deserves recognition,” Russell says. In the months leading up to the event, panels of judges attended the productions of nominated high schools, to adjudicate the shows in the eligible award categories. The judges included impartial theater professionals selected by The Smith Center. The Smith Center designed this year’s expanded awards program after similar leading events across the U.S., Russell says. It’s all worth it to nurture the next generation of performing arts lovers, she adds, noting that being honored at this event could inspire students to pursue careers in the arts. “Whether they study lighting, sets, costume design or the triple threat of singing, acting and dancing, the experience of participating and performing on stage at The Smith Center is life changing,” she says.

LEARN MORE The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach team encourages community members to attend their local high schools’ theater productions. To learn more about the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

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LESSONS IN STAGECRAFT A Quick Guide to the ABCs of Performing Arts Jargon  

The wonderful world of the performing arts has its own specific language that encompasses the marvel of sound and stage. To follow is a glossary of terms encompassing a range of entries for every level of knowledge—from those audience members who are making their first visit to a performing arts center to the Broadway buff who is steeped in on-stage fundamentals. Check out these terms and test your knowledge. 

ACT Part of a play defined by elements such as rising action, climax and resolution. ANTAGONIST A character in a play or performance who opposes or stands in the way of the protagonist.

DOWNSTAGE The area of the stage towards the front. DRESS CIRCLE A balcony or gallery level that sits above the main seating or stalls in a theatre.

APRON The stage area between the curtain and orchestra pit.

FOURTH WALL An imaginary wall that sits between the audience and the stage. When a character speaks directly to the audience, it is considered breaking the fourth wall.

BEAT A shift or directional change in the acting tactic during an opera or play. It may consist of a short pause.

GALLERY A part of a theatre that sits above the other seating, usually at the back or sides of a venue.

BREAK A LEG A wish of good luck said to actors before a performance.

INTERMISSION The break between the acts of a show or performance.

CABARET Entertainment in a nightclub or restaurant while the audience eats or drinks at tables.

MONOLOGUE When one person performs a set of lines during a performance, either to himself or to another character.

CHARACTER ACTOR Actors or actresses who tend to play secondary rather than leading roles. COLD READING A readthrough of a script or play without preparation, usually in an audition. CURTAIN CALL The end of a performance when actors bow and acknowledge the audience applause.

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ORCHESTRA PIT A sunken area in front of the stage where musicians perform. PART A role or character. PROP Objects used on stage as part of a performance; short for property.

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PROTAGONIST The main character of a play or performance. SCENE Part of an act defined with the changing of characters. To be more specific, the elements that create the plot of a play or any story and divide a play into acts. SCRIPT The entire text involved in a play, including stage directions and dialogue. STOCK CHARACTER A stereotypical character you’ll find in most performances.   SUPPORTING CAST The actors who play in secondary roles. UNDERSTUDY An actor who learns the role or script of another so that they are ready to substitute them in case of emergency. UPSTAGE The part of the stage towards the back, furthest from the audience. WARDROBE Refers to both the costumes used by actors as well as those responsible for designing and dressing them.   WINGS The backstage areas towards the left- and right-hand side, not visible to the audience.


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here is a delicious new way for downtown residents and visitors to experience The Smith Center campus: A brand-new Sambalatte location, now officially open.

Located in The Smith Center’s courtyard area, with entrances off Promenade Place and from the courtyard itself, this new café has been a longtime coming. Even before The Smith Center opened in 2012, Sambalatte Founder Luiz Oliveira approached the center’s CEO and President Myron Martin about opening a coffee shop on its campus.

“I knew that people who go to The Smith Center appreciate arts, music and culture, and I thought those are also the same people who enjoy a great coffee and a sophisticated coffee bar experience,” the Las Vegas resident recalls. This marks the fifth location Oliveira has opened in Las Vegas since creating the chain less than a decade ago. Oliveira anticipates this new location at The Smith Center will delight performing arts lovers and provide a welcome refuge for downtown residents. “This can be a place for you to bring friends and family and socialize, have a meeting, or just relax,” he says. A DELECTABLE MENU Open Tuesday through Sunday — the new Sambalatte location will often offer extended evening hours to accommodate those attending shows at The Smith Center. The café will otherwise be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. With Wi-Fi and outdoor seating available, the menu offers items to appease many cravings, spanning specialty coffees, teas, sandwiches and more. Just a few of the delectable drinks include a Nutella latte, a matcha latte, frappes, smoothies and macchiato. For those with an appetite, the café offers options like a ham-and-cheese croissant, an egg-andsausage muffin, a turkey-and-swiss sandwich and a caprese sandwich. The location will even offer special afternoon high tea events, as well as specialty drinks created in honor of Broadway shows.

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A DREAM BRED IN BRAZIL This new location isn’t the first time Oliveira has manifested a longtime dream. He envisioned owning his own coffee chain even as a boy in Brazil, inspired by the country’s ubiquitous coffee culture. “There was a world-renowned café just a few blocks from my house called Confeitaria Colombo, and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a place like this?’” he recalls. As an adult, he kept this hope alive. Even while serving an executive role in the food and beverage industry, he researched coffee around the world as a hobby, keeping every note he made. When he lost his job in the late ‘00s, he turned this disappointment into opportunity. “I thought about the explosion Starbucks was having throughout the U.S., and I thought, ‘I could have a coffee bar with a more fun environment,’” he remembers. “I decided I would make this project a reality.” A GROUNDBREAKING BRAND For The Smith Center location, Oliveira chose an art-deco, industrial aesthetic to reflect the center’s own elegant design. Other features include a green wall of living plants, as well as reclaimed wall and floorboards, to reflect The Smith Center’s Gold LEED status. Oliveira even opted for TV screens depicting the chain’s full harvestto-production process. “Nowadays, people want to know the story behind what they’re consuming,” Oliveira says. For Sambalatte newcomers, he recommends the chain’s most popular drink. “The Nutella latte,” he says. “People go absolutely crazy for those.”


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Set props like the massive chandelier from “The Phantom of the Opera” are delivered in semi trucks. The stagecrew at The Smith Center make sure everything is unloaded properly and ready for opening night.

HOW THE SMITH CENTER’S WORLD-CLASS STAGE CREW MAKES MAGIC

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erformances at The Smith Center can often seem like magic, with towering set pieces, brilliant lighting and stunning effects that spark flames and make performers fly.

As these elements unfold on stage, it’s easy to forget that many professionals came together to make it happen. And the expert stagehands behind the The Smith Center’s productions are among the best in the world. With at least 30 stagehands needed for many shows at The Smith Center — and up to 90 for large-scale Broadway productions like “The Phantom of the Opera” — many of the center’s crew offers top expertise from experience with world-class productions. That’s because many hail from previously working with top Las Vegas Strip productions, including Cirque du Soleil shows, which demand

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the highest quality of work behind the scenes. Technical Director John Bartley, for instance, previously served as head of lighting on Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles LOVE.” He also worked as a production electrician on Broadway shows and supervised the internationally renowned Phuket Fantasea production in Thailand as production manager. These professionals all apply their expertise to making The Smith Center’s hundreds of music, theater and dance productions each year possible. And each show presents its own unique challenges, Bartley says. “Our team has to work together and coordinate fully,” he says. “We have to know who’s responsible for what, how much time we have, how many people we need to schedule. Everyone has to talk to each other.”


NO SLOW DAYS FOR STAGEHANDS Make no mistake, the work of a stagehand at The Smith Center remains ongoing. Bartley receives information about each production’s staging needs in advance. Planning unfolds immediately to ensure all team members are informed of necessary equipment installation, audio and lighting arrangements, and much, much more. “You have to communicate with these productions (about their needs), and they’re all different,” Bartley says. A typical day for the stage crew kicks off with a show’s load in. This involves unloading all equipment, set pieces and additional materials from the trucks of a touring production. This also entails preparing the stage for the show, which can be a tremendous undertaking. This can involve stagehands constructing props and set pieces, swapping the venue’s regular lighting grid for the show’s requirements, and installing supportive rigging for any sets or props that must be suspended from above, such as the soaring dragon in “Wicked” or the massive chandelier in “The Phantom of the Opera.” “Typically we don’t like to do shorter than an eight-hour turnaround (for a load in),” Bartley says. Sometimes the process can take up to two days, he adds. This is often the case for touring Broadway shows, some of which arrive with long lines of semi trucks hauling in equipment, props and other materials – most of which will be needed on stage in Reynolds Hall. “’Wicked’ has about 15 trucks, and I think ‘Phantom’ has between 20 and 24,’” Bartley estimates. Following the load in, stagehands remain on site as late as midnight or beyond assisting with the performance itself, including manning spotlights, moving set pieces, adjusting audio and more. Safety remains a top priority regardless of a show’s size, Bartley emphasizes. “There’s a lot going on at once. It can be a pretty dangerous situation if you’re not careful,” he says.

John Bartley, Technical Director, Theater Operations.

Stagehands don harnesses attached to retractable cables before working at high positions, with spotters monitoring from below. Tools and lighting above the stage are further secured with safety cables. Equipment and stage infrastructure undergo regular inspections. “We have safety meetings every day,” Bartley says. THREE THEATERS TO PREP Other challenges include sharing equipment and stagehands for shows between The Smith Center’s three theaters. The large-scale Reynolds Hall, the intimate Myron’s Cabaret Jazz and the versatile, black-box theater Troesh Studio Theater all involve different capacities for load ins and production preparations. Events in the different venues often overlap each other, Bartley adds, requiring strategic staff scheduling. “Once we had four events in the same day,” he recalls.

A few examples include stagehands scaling ladders and structures up to 100 feet high. Pipes suspended above the stage are regularly lowered and lifted for hanging scenery and props. Set pieces are constantly moved.

This variety keeps the job interesting, he says. Regardless of challenges, The Smith Center’s many stagehands work hard to ensure each performance has everything needed to thrill Smith Center audiences.

Fortunately, The Smith Center is prepared with numerous safety protocols, Bartley says.

“We will always get it done,” Bartley says. “The show must go on, as they always say.”

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KEEPING THE TALENT HAPPY Visiting Performers in Good Hands at The Smith Center

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typical work day for Tonya Sclafani doesn’t look like most people’s. As artist services manager at The Smith Center, she juggles the endless responsibility of ensuring every need is met for visiting artists who perform at The Smith Center, from the second they arrive in Las Vegas until the second they leave. Tonya Sclafani, artist services manager, with Jack Hanna before his exciting engagement at The Smith Center.

It goes without saying — that’s a lot to manage.

Assisting hundreds of performers each year, Sclafani’s duties span arranging for performers’ transportation, hotel accommodations, bus stock, dressing rooms, meet-and-greet events “and anything else they may request leading up to show day,” Sclafani says. Providing all of this requires her to constantly coordinate with the artists and their teams weeks in advance of their performances. On top of this, Sclafani remains directly on hand with the artists for the full duration of their time spent on The Smith Center property, so she can provide immediate personal assistance. “We could be looked at as a personal assistant or concierge on show days, for last-minute needs of the artists,” Sclafani describes of herself and her supportive staff. “The balancing act comes from handling the needs of an artist that is on site today, versus continuing to respond to the needs of artists in the coming weeks.” PERFORMING FOR THE PERFORMERS Sclafani’s role comes with no small amount of pressure, she admits. “This role is essential, because it is my job to ensure the artists are comfortable and happy during their stay in Las Vegas and with The Smith Center,” she says. If all of a performer’s requests are met, she explains, everyone can expect a smooth, issue-free show. Artists can lose focus, however, when plans around their performances go awry.

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“It is my job to ensure everything that we can control is done to absolute perfection,” Sclafani says. Not only is she up for the challenge — she enjoys it, too. “I love working with different personalities and different talents,” says Sclafani, a past tour manager who can relate to the frenzy of performing on the road. “I even love the random emergencies that arise on show days, because it is an unexpected challenge that I can solve on the spot.” A FEW ODD REQUESTS Some artists’ contracts include unusual requests — which are often tests to confirm the document has been read. Examples that stand out to Sclafani include a contractual request for a fish bowl full of Swedish Fish and exactly two Haribo gummy bears. “I presented the three items to the tour manager and asked if this was something he would like me to assemble or if it was just a test. He laughed and said it was,” she remembers. “To this day, I believe the fish bowl has since made its way around backstage and often shows up in random places.” She also remembers a request for a tuna filet in oil, in a jar... Which was not a test. “I thought I might have to find a chef to prepare this for me, but this is when I quickly discovered and fell in love with Sprouts,” she says. “This artist made me taste it on a cracker on arrival, and I have to say it was delicious. I now often buy it for myself as a snack!” MEETING ICONS Sclafani has many favorite artists she’s worked with, though celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna, Bob Newhart and Paul Anka all stand out for their kindness. “The Beach Boys were awesome because I had grown up listening to them as a kid, and I also had the absolute pleasure of driving Mr. John Stamos around personally,” Sclafani says, noting Stamos’ surprise visit to accompany the band on drums. Whoever the next artists might be, Sclafani looks forward to any surprises they bring. “These are the things that keep my job far from boring,” she says.


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inger-songwriter Michael Grimm fielded performance opportunities across the U.S. after winning season five of hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”

stylings regularly at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, the intimate, 240-seat space at The Smith Center hailed as the best room in Vegas for experiencing live performances up close.

But there’s just one place where Grimm wants to live and perform now: Las Vegas.

Grimm isn’t the only renowned artist routinely performing at The Smith Center.

And The Smith Center tops his list of favorite venues, he says.

Reflecting the impressive entertainment talent in Las Vegas’ own backyard, many popular headliners who call Sin City home often take the stage at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz.

“Las Vegas is more of a melting pot than any other city,” explains Grimm, who has performed with stars like Stevie Nicks. “There are people from all over America and all over the world, and that’s the kind of audiences that I get here, this balloon of cultures. I absolutely love that.” Southern Nevada audiences can enjoy Grimm’s roots and blues

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“I’m very excited to be playing that room,” Grimm says. “It’s so intimate, it’s just up close to the music.” Check out more Vegas favorites on the next page who audiences can catch regularly at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz.


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As inherent to Vegas as neon lights and all-you-can-eat buffets, singer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Frankie Moreno has built a loyal following both through his electrifying stage presence and his infectious renditions of pop standards and sizzling originals. With Moreno never playing the same set list twice, audiences know to expect only his explosive energy, whether with him playing piano upside down or sashaying across the stage. “Every show, we just try to beat the last show,” Moreno says.

MICHELLE JOHNSON Whether she’s paying homage to musical greats like Carole King and Ella Fitzgerald, or belting her own fresh originals, Johnson blazons her vocal pedigree that spans performing on Broadway and appearing with icons such as Gladys Knight, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand. “What motivates me is reaching people through tone and sound, really stripping away the differences between us,” she says.

DAVID PERRICO Never failing to pack the seats at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, acclaimed trumpeter David Perrico shatters musical boundaries with his wildly popular Pop Strings Orchestra. Tackling musical stylings spanning big band, Latin, Disney, pop hits and Perrico’s original compositions, this gifted ensemble of virtuoso strings, horns and rhythm reimagines musical traditions with its energizing stylings.

Rocking Las Vegas for nearly 30 years, Emmy-nominated Lon Bronson and his 14-piece funk, rock and soul band maintains a powerful draw for Southern Nevadans. Known for its exceptional level of musical prowess, the group features an all-star ensemble of Vegas’ most accomplished musicians. The band has performed with worldclass artists such as Huey Lewis and The Temptations, and was even featured in its own HBO special.

CLINT HOLMES Nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2018, Clint Holmes remains a beloved headliner not only in Vegas, but across the U.S. Celebrated for his masterful interpretations of cherished standards and classic popular hits, Holmes has performed in the country’s top venues, including Café Carlyle in New York City. Holmes always enjoys taking the spotlight at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, he says. “There’s only one reason to come here, and that’s the music that you hear and the way it’s presented and the ambiance you sit in,” he says. “That’s why this room is unique.”

LEARN MORE To learn more about upcoming shows with these Vegas favorites and more, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

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NEW SMITH CENTER EXECUTIVE HAS BIG PLANS

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sk Daniel Neel about his favorite performance at The Smith Center, and he responds, “the most impressive performance at The Smith Center came before it opened.” He refers to how community visionaries across Southern Nevada banded together to successfully raise $470 million to build their dream, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which now presents the best of music, theater and dance, on top of providing education and outreach initiatives to over 700,000 Southern Nevada students. “I watched from the outside looking in as a group of committed and passionate community leaders hatched the vision for a world-class performing arts center in Las Vegas and then made it happen in the most historically difficult economic and philanthropic environment imaginable,” says Neel, a professional fundraiser of 20 years whose Vegas ties run deep. This is one of many reasons he has taken on the role of vice president of Development at The Smith Center, a nonprofit organization, where he will oversee strategy for fundraising initiatives and nurturing donor relationships. Neel, who has raised funds for organizations across the country and Southern Nevada for the past two decades, takes on this role with no little ambition. He plans to raise awareness of The Smith Center as a nonprofit among a broad spectrum of community members, as well as build funds to secure the center’s future. “Asking good people who are already predisposed to make a difference, to be a part of something they are already passionate about, becomes very easy if we keep in mind that it is all about the donor and not about us,” he explains.

A LONG HISTORY WITH GIVING IN VEGAS Think of a prominent nonprofit that has made a positive impact in Southern Nevada, and odds are good that Neel has helped it generate community support. Just a few of his past efforts include spearheading campaigns

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for valuable community organizations such as Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, The Shade Tree and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Football Foundation. All of these efforts reflect Neel’s longstanding love of Southern Nevada, where he became a full-time resident in 2016. “It already felt like home, and we have loved every minute of it,” he says, referring to himself and his wife, Lee. His vast career as a fundraiser seems predestined. After establishing a promising career in international finance and investment banking decades ago, he was recruited to chair some fundraising efforts for nonprofits he was involved with. This sparked a surprising passion. He soon left Wall Street to rise in the ranks of one of the nation’s largest fundraising consulting firms, then eventually launched his own national nonprofit consulting firm. “The moral of the story is, be careful what you volunteer for,” Neel teases. “You never know where it may lead.”

HELPING SECURE THE SMITH CENTER’S LEGACY Neel plans to apply his extensive fundraising history to The Smith Center. One of his goals is simple: To spread word across Southern Nevada of the importance of The Smith Center – and the fact that it is a nonprofit that significantly relies on philanthropic support. “It is easy for some to view The Smith Center as only a place where incredible performances are enjoyed,” he says. “But there is so much more to our mission.” For instance, The Smith Center offers inspirational education and outreach efforts at no cost to schools, such as student matinees, inschool performances and classroom residencies with professional teaching artists. The center further provides a space for community events and helps foster new works. With ticket sales covering only 75 percent of overall costs at The Smith Center, Neel reminds, philanthropic support provides the additional 25 percent. “We must let the community know that it is only through their generosity that we can preserve the experience for all,” he says.


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mith Center visitors have likely noticed a few changes to its campus lately.

That’s because the City of Las Vegas is constructing two new parking garages on the west and east sides of the center, scheduled for completion in August and September, respectively. The city has special plans for these structures, revealed Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the parking garages’ groundbreaking ceremony at Symphony Park. A $33 million project, the two four-story garages will feature design elements carefully matched to the aesthetics of their surrounding buildings, including The Smith Center. In addition, the garages will bring nearly 30,000 square feet of new, ground-level retail space to the 61-acre Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. “(These garages) are going to provide much-needed infrastructure for new developments coming to our Symphony Park,” Mayor Goodman said, citing how the area will also soon see construction of two residential complexes, with the neighboring World Market Center planning to add new convention space. “Downtown is truly lighting up.” PARKING AND RETAIL SPACE COMBINED The new garage to the west of The Smith Center, located off Grand Central Parkway across from the Discovery Children’s Museum, will feature 694 spaces and 23,370 square feet of retail space. The garage under construction east of The Smith Center, located off City Parkway, will offer 569 spaces and 5,841 square feet of retail space. City Councilman Cedric Crear, representing Ward 5 that encompasses Symphony Park, lauded how the garages’ retail space will provide new amenities to attract more downtown visitors and residents.

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“We want walkable streets with restaurants, shops, bars and places for our residents and visitors to enjoy themselves,” Crear said. “Can you imagine strolling through Symphony Park on a beautiful fall evening, maybe grabbing a bite or a drink and then catching a show at the beautiful Smith Center?” GROWING DOWNTOWN The ongoing development of downtown Las Vegas, especially at Symphony Park, will help spur new jobs, Crear added. This will support his new jobs initiative for the area, Ward 5 Works. “We’ll be working with our Economic and Urban Development staff to ensure we have employment plans in place,” Crear said. AN ARTS-INSPIRED DESIGN The project contractor, Whiting-Turner, is constructing the new garages to “architecturally tie in with all of (their) surroundings in Symphony Park,” said Zachary Crane, company vice president. For example, the garages’ designs include color accents that contribute to both garages as art pieces. These vivid color palettes are specifically inspired by Tim Bavington’s Pipe Dream sculpture, fronting The Smith Center. Just like the sculpture, the garages’ steel structures in a galvanized screen will be colored and arranged in a music-inspired pattern. The garages will also feature galvanized metal profiles, paying homage to the metallic accents on The Smith Center façade and the metal exterior of the neighboring Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The project will also include a bridge from the new west garage connecting across the railroad tracks to the existing garage at 500 S. Main Street. “This will bring the community and Symphony Park together,” Crane said.


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This marks the first of ongoing ASL trainings planned across Smith Center departments.

MAKING AN ART OF COMMUNICATION

This also comes in addition to The Smith Center providing ASL interpretation at select shows and events throughout the year. Russell hopes this training will not only help DHH audiences enjoy inspiring shows at The Smith Center, but will also promote broader use of ASL in the community. “The more performances with ASL accessibility, the greater the acceptance of ASL,” she says.

The Smith Center Provides American Sign Language Training for Employees

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hile Kim Russell noticed her hearing beginning to fail a few years ago, it took the reality of testing out hearing aids to acknowledge the problem.

“The most uncomfortable issue is not a question of whether to share and talk about it, but mostly learning to adjust to it,” she says, recalling missing out on conversations and blasting her car radio when not wearing her aids. Experiencing Broadway shows at The Smith Center still remains a great joy for Russell, a program manager at The Smith Center. And regardless of her hearing, she says, the performing arts will always remain a significant part of her life, as it does for many in the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) community. “Regardless of our physical uniqueness, we can be moved by the musical rhythms we feel in our bodies,” Russell says. “We can be touched by the visual impact of the emotional stories acted before us.” With this in mind, under its mission as a nonprofit to make the performing arts accessible to all, The Smith Center recently took steps to ensure visitors who are DHH enjoy a full and enriching experience. With the goal of improving supportive communication with all visitors, the center provided American Sign Language (ASL) training for 20 Smith Center team members. These included ushers and additional Front-of-House staff, plus team members like Russell who provide education and outreach programs. Taught by national, Henderson-based company ASL Communication, the training covered helpful communication basics like greetings and directions, as well as common misconceptions to overcome.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS To broaden people’s perspectives, Smith Center team members who are (DHH) also shared their stories during the training. This included usher Robert Rocha. Growing up hard of hearing, he never had an opportunity to learn ASL, and faced ongoing challenges with communication. The training at The Smith Center has inspired him to become fully certified in ASL, he says. “I want to continue for myself and to become an interpreter,” Rocha says. “I’m hoping my impact will be to teach many people how to sign.” This training also helps him in his role as an usher, he adds. In the past, he communicated with DHH visitors using a notepad. “Hopefully I will be able to ditch the notepad and communicate by using my hands,” Rocha says. Rebecca Boyd, program manager with The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach team, adds that the ASL training will help her engage with DHH students and teachers at The Smith Center’s student matinees. “I am looking forward to truly greeting our next students here at The Smith Center, and I feel proud of the effort to communicate with them more fully,” Boyd says. Rocha deems it vital to ensure equal access to the performing arts for the DHH community. “The arts have an impact on everyone,” he says. “Whether it’s music, movies, a play or painting, it belongs to every human.” This training was funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information about accessibility at The Smith Center, visit wwwTheSmithCenter.com/accessibility.

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MEMBERS ARE TALKING

Why do I donate to the Smith Center? Because it means different things to everyone who comes here – art, culture, social, education just to name a few. And I want to be part of that community that supports these ideals. Thanks for letting me be a part.

Beginning with the hard hat tour, the epic opening night March 10, 2012, and amazing talent, we’ve proven The Smith Center brings world class entertainment to Las Vegas!

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The performing arts bring me awareness, new perspectives, and—above all—joy! I support The Smith Center because I want all Las Vegans to experience the same. B A R B A R A TA P P

As a teacher, I get to bring my students to The Smith Center. I am forever grateful to its donors and patrons. There truly is no other place like it in Las Vegas. C H R I ST I N A B O U D E L L

MEMBERS MAKE IT HAPPEN!

With ticket sales covering 75% of what it takes to produce each season, Members of The Smith Center provide that critical philanthropic support that ensures we fulfill our mission of providing world-class performing arts and inspirational education and outreach programs. As our way of saying “Thank You!” to those individuals who give so generously by becoming a Member, The Smith Center is proud to offer some unique and exciting behind-the-scenes experiences. These benefits offer a peek behind the curtain, a closer look at your performing arts center.

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THANK YOU! We couldn’t do it without you.

To become a Member, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com/donate and enjoy the full experience the season has to offer!

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MEMBERS OF THE SMITH CENTER -BENEFITS-

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

UP TO $99

$100 – $499

$500 – $999

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$2,500 – $4,999

$5,000 – $9,999

Center Stage Member e-Newsletter Member benefit card offering discounts at restaurant and retail partners Opportunities to purchase tickets for select shows before the general public, as well as special Member discounts on select shows Collectible season commemorative mug featuring The Smith Center design elements Recognition of support in each performance printed program and annual community report Invitation to a behind the scenes tour or special recognition event Priority consideration for seat changes and subscription purchases during subscription renewal period Invitation to a private reception for the Broadway Las Vegas® Series announcement Invitations to select meet-and-greet events with performers Access to VIP parking for one year Access to the Founders Room All Member benefits are valid for one year from the date of the gift.

CHAIRMAN’S CLUB Supporters who donate $10,000 or more will receive all of the benefits listed above as well as more personalized service and experiences at The Smith Center. Personalized service includes the use of our Donor Concierge for ticket purchases subscription renewals and invitations to Chairman’s Club events, such as the annual Chairman’s All benefits subject to change and without notice. Celebration. The opportunity to customize a VIP experience at The Smith Center or to dedicate a performance in either Reynolds Hall or Cabaret Jazz are just a few of the additional benefits supporters at higher levels enjoy. THE SMITH CENTER | SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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A NEW GENERATION OF ARTS LOVERS

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New generations of Southern Nevadans are cultivating a love for the arts at The Smith Center, including an affinity group for emerging leaders advocating for the arts,

OPEN TO ARTS LOVERS 21 AND OLDER Fanfare! membership includes:

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RECOGNITION AS A MEMBER

Fanfare! Not only do Fanfare! members play a key role with supporting The Smith Center’s operations, they also connect with like-minded arts enthusiasts – and enjoy exclusive experiences at special Smith Center events.

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GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES

GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES HOUSE POLICIES: Latecomers – Late seating will vary based

HOUSE POLICIES upon the requirements of the producer of Latecomers – Late seating varies per event. your event. For classical music, late seating is To avoid distracting audience members, you usually not permitted until a break between might not be seated until a natural break or intermission. In the event that you inpieces the show. We provide video monitors arrive late and are asked to wait in one throughout our lobbies, so you can enjoy theof our lobbies until late seating is permitted, performance until you can be seated.

we have video monitors throughout so that of CHILDREN’S POLICY – Outside you can enjoy the performance until you children’s shows, The Smith Center are able to be seated.

recommends children 5 and older attend performances. All –children haveolder a Children’s Policy Childrenmust five and ticket. Other age restrictions may apply for that have a ticket are welcome to attend some shows, so please review the show performances at The Smith Center. Other information or call the Box Office prior to age restrictions may apply at the request purchasing tickets.

of individual producers, so please review the show information or –call Box PHOTOS AND VIDEO Mostthe artists Officerestrict prior photos to purchasing tickets, as and recordings duringall performances my not appropriate for their performances. Whenbe photography and all age levels. video are permitted, we will announce it before the show.

Most artists restrict photos and recordings AND DRINK POLICY – duringFOOD their performance. In the event that Please and no food photography videoor arebeverages permitted, in we Reynolds Hall, except bottled water or drinks will announce it before the show. in capped Smith Center cups.

Smoking – The Smith Center is a smokeSMOKING – The Smith Center is a free building. smoke-free building.

ETIQUETTE SAFETY – For the safety of all our

For patrons, everyone’s enjoyment of the weapons are not permitted performance, please refrain from in our theaters. •

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ETIQUETTE • unwrapping candy For enjoyment of the performance, • everyone’s using excessive perfume please refrain from: • blocking the view of other patrons • talking • exiting the theater any other time • unwrapping candy than between songs or during a period of • using excessive perfume applause • blocking the view of other patrons • exiting the theater any other time than THE SMITH CENTER | FALL/WINTER 2015-2016 between songs or during a period of applause

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TICKET POLICIES: Subscriber Ticket Exchange – Broadway

TICKET POLICIES Las Vegas subscribers are able to SUBSCRIBER TICKET EXCHANGE exchange their tickets for another – Broadway Las Vegas subscribers performance of the same production, can exchange their tickets for another based on availability. (No additionalupfees performance of the same production, to apply.) Tickets may be donated back to 24 hours in advance, based on availability.

The Smith Center before the performance takes place as a tax deductible donation. – GENERAL RETURNS/EXCHANGES Tickets be donated back to The Smith Ticket can exchanges can be made in the Box Center, upby to calling 24 hours in advance before a Office or 702-749-2000.

performance, as a tax-deductible donation. Ticket exchanges canour bepatrons made in theunfair Box We wish to protect from Office or by calling 702-749-2000.

ticket price gouging. We reserve the right under our ticketing agreement to cancel TICKET PROTECTION – Please note that any purchases made in the business of www.thesmithcenter.com is the official purchasing tickets for the purpose of website for ticket purchases. To protect resale atunfair a higher price. Lostgouging, or forgotten against ticket price we tickets can be reprinted upon reserve the right to cancel anyrequest. purchases for tickets resold at a higher price. Lost or FACILITIES: forgotten tickets can be reprinted upon request. Fire Notice – Please respond to all

emergency alarms. The exit indicated FACILITIES by a lighted sign, nearest to the seat you – Please to all FIRE NOTICE occupy, is the shortest routerespond to the street. emergency alarms. During an emergency, In the event of a fire or other emergency, WALK DON’T RUN to the exit nearest your please do not run – WALK TO THAT EXIT.

Lost and Found – articles can be reclaimed by contacting the security desk at BOX OFFICE HOURS 702-749-2012. Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On performance days that the box office is BOX OFFICE HOURS: closed, including Sundays, the box office Monday – Saturday, 10:00am 6:00pm opens three hours before the to first curtain, On performance days, including and always remains open until 30Sundays, minutes the the boxfinal office remains past curtain time. open until 30

minutes past the final curtain time.

PHONE: 702-749-2000 (TTY users please call 800-326-6868 Phone: 702-749-2000 or dialusers 711) please call 800-326-6868 (TTY

or dial 711) Email:patronservices@

EMAIL: thesmithcenter.com patronservices@thesmithcenter.com

To book a tour of The Smith Center,

TO BOOK A TOUR OF THE SMITH CENTER: visit www.thesmithcenter.com/explore/ Visit www.thesmithcenter.com/explore/tours.

tours.

TO ADVERTISE IN THE PROGRAM. To advertise the Brennan, program,Publisher, please PLEASE contactinTanja contact Luxury Magazine, 702-224-5535. 702-749-2342.

BALCONY GALLERY BOXES

seat, indicated with a lighted sign.

Elevator – located on the east and west ELEVATORS – located on the east sides of each level of Reynolds and west sides of eachHall level of

GALLERY BOXES

GALLERY DRESS CIRCLE BOXES

Reynolds Hall.

Restrooms – located on the east and west sides of the FOOD GrandAND Lobby first floor, AVAILABLE BEVERAGE – Barslevel are and located eachLobby. floor of Mezzanine the on Upper

DRESS CIRCLE BOXES

DRESS CIRCLE

Reynolds Hall. The Mezzanine Lounge, located on the Mezzanine level,are serves Food and Beverage – there bars light biteson before located the performances. Grand Lobby first floor,

the Mezzanine level and the Upper Lobby. LOST AND FOUND – Items can be The Mezzanine Lounge, located on the reclaimed by contacting the security Mezzanine level, serves light bites before desk at 702-749-2012. performances.

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ACCESSIBILITY The Smith Center for the Performing Arts strives to make its events and performances accessible to all patrons in the community. Should a particular service not be advertised as available at a specific performance, we encourage patrons needing these services to request them in advance (minimum three weeks prior to the performance, please). To purchase accessible tickets: please call us at 702-749-2000 (TTY USERS PLEASE CALL 800-326-6868 OR DIAL 711) or email at patronservices@thesmithcenter.com. For questions or more information: email accessible@thesmithcenter.com.

ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCES, SEATING, RESTROOMS AND PARKING

All of our performance spaces have wheelchair and mobility-assisted seating locations. Patrons have the option to remain in their own wheelchair, or transfer to a fixed theater seat with a swing-out armrest. Patrons who do not wish to transfer from their wheelchair to a theater seat should request wheelchair-accessible locations when ordering tickets. Seats with removable armrests are available in various locations if you wish to transfer from a mobility device or wheelchair into a fixed theater seat. Please also advise us if you are not able to ascend or descend stairs, suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights), or require any type of special seating accommodation for any reason. The Smith Center staff is trained to assist you to find seating that best meets your individual needs. Accessible parking is plentiful and clearly marked at The Smith Center facilities. Designated parking for vehicles bearing a valid DMV windshield placard or license plates are available in the surface parking lot to the East of Reynolds Hall. Accessible ramping and curb cuts provide an accessible path from vehicle to theater seat. Motorized carts regularly roam the parking lot to assist with transporting visitors to the theater entrances. All public restrooms at the Smith Center are wheelchair accessible on all levels of the theater. Family restrooms are also available on all levels. Accessible seating is reserved for use by patrons with disabilities.

ACCESSIBLE SEATING RELEASE POLICY

For the purposes of releasing Accessible Seating for general public sale, a performance or specific price category within a single performance will be considered SOLD OUT when a there is no available inventory except scattered singles. Available inventory is defined as seats that are available for general public purchase and not held for Smith Center or other contractual purposes. Before releasing Accessible Seating for General Public sale, all seats being held, either in a hold code or a reserved unpaid order, will be analyzed. If it is determined that there is a likelihood that a significant portion of these seats will be released for general sale, the corresponding Accessible seats will not be released to general sale until such time as the held seats have been released and/or sold.

WHEELCHAIR AND MOBILITY ASSISTANCE ACCESSIBILITY

The Smith Center is accessible by wheelchair in Reynolds Hall and throughout the Boman Pavilion. Wheelchair assistance service is available curbside by

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request. Curb cuts allow easy access to our sidewalk system, and parking area access ramps. Main entrance doors have automated mechanical service. All of our theater spaces offer elevators that service all levels of the facility.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES

Assistive Listening Devices (Infrared ALD and FM) are available at all performances and in all of our theater spaces. These units are provided free of charge, upon request at the Patron Services Desk in the Grand Lobby of Reynolds Hall. In Troesh Studio Theater or Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, please request from a front-of-house representative. Simply exchange your valid driver license (or state-issued ID) for the unit upon arrival, and return the unit after the performance to reclaim your ID.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION

American Sign Language interpretation is scheduled for select Smith Center events throughout the year. To receive sign language interpretation by request, please submit your query no less than 2 weeks in advance of the performance. Requests for sign language interpreter should be sent to accessible@thesmithcenter.com.

CAPTIONING

I-caption is available at select performances. I-Caption is a state of the art wireless visual aid that provides verbatim closed captions in real time for live theatrical performances. This fully automated system displays dialogue, lyrics, and sound effects on a handheld display, assisting the hearing impaired patron to better understand the plot of a theatrical production. The Smith Center offers this service on selected performances. Simply exchange your valid driver license (or State-issued ID) for the unit upon arrival, and return the unit after the performance to reclaim your ID. Please inquire about other captioning services.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Trained audio describers offer a detailed account of all the onstage action including choreography, blocking, lighting, sets and costume changes. The Smith Center offers this service for select performances. Please email accessible@thesmithcenter.com to request these services.

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SERVICE DOG POLICY

Registered service dogs are permitted into our theaters and must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

Funding for the D-Scriptive and I-Caption systems that enhance our patrons’ experience was provided by the generosity of the supporters of the NV Blind Children’s Foundation. ADA Equipment Provided by Desert Audiology


THANK YOU FOUNDERS AND VISIONARY DONORS. THE SMITH CENTER WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.

DONALD W. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION • DON AND DEE SNYDER AND FAMILY • NANCY AND KELL HOUSSELS FRED W. AND MARY B. SMITH • WILLIAM S. AND JUDY BOYD • BEVERLY AND JIM ROGERS WENDY AND RICHARD PLASTER • JOHNNY A. RIBEIRO, JR. FAMILY TRUST • KEITH G. BOMAN, M.D. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL • THOMAS & MACK COMPANY • PIERRE AND PAMELA OMIDYAR • JACQULYN C. SHROPSHIRE THE CAESARS FOUNDATION • THE FERTITTA FAMILY • EILEEN AND ALLEN ANES NORMAN M. FORRESTER AND WILLIAM R. GRIFFIN • RICHARD T. AND JERI S. CRAWFORD DON AND SUSAN ACKERMAN • DRS. M. NAFEES AND SHAMIM N. NAGY MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL • JERRY AND MARYANNA HERBST • NV ENERGY BOYD GAMING CORPORATION • WELLS FARGO • THEODORE, DORIS, GREG, DANA AND ERNEST LEE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT • FRED AND HARRIET COX • CHARLES L. ATWOOD • LAS VEGAS REVIEW–JOURNAL THE WHITING–TURNER CONTRACTING COMPANY • THE KNAUSS FAMILY • DENNIS AND CAROL TROESH CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION • LORI AND MARK JAMES AND PHYLLIS FRIAS • MARY C. CASHMAN COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC. • ELAINE WYNN • BENNETT FAMILY FOUNDATION JANICE AND FRED ALLEN AND GARY L. HAUPT • TONY HSIEH • DIANE AND ROBERT BIGELOW MADELEINE AND DON ANDRESS • BONNIE AND BILL PAULOS • THE CHARLES N. MATHEWSON FOUNDATION JOHN AND NANCY SHEPHERD • LAS VEGAS SANDS • LOVEE AND BOB ARUM WYNN RESORTS • CLIFF AND DONNA FINDLAY FAMILY • CAROLYN AND GARY HANNA THE JOHN C. KISH FOUNDATION • STELLA AND ROB ROY • CITY OF LAS VEGAS • CLARK COUNTY STATE OF NEVADA • THE ENGELSTAD FAMILY • LAURIE AND CURTIS ALEXANDER • WINDSONG TRUST


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