18 July 2012
President’s Letter: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts®

July 18, 2012

Letter from Dallas Haun

The attractions that Southern Nevada offers visitors are obvious, but when we talk about the future of our region, the conversation turns eventually to developing the quality of life for our own residents. Last March, Las Vegas realized one of its ambitions when The Smith Center for the Performing Arts® opened in  Las Vegas. Groundbreaking took place in 2009, and today a vision that developed more than a decade ago has become a reality: a world-class cultural complex presenting world-class theatre, music, and dance.

The Center houses three performing spaces: the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, where a “Broadway Las Vegas®” series of musicals is presented, the Las Vegas Philharmonic® and Nevada Ballet Theatre perform; the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz, an intimate nightclub setting with a view of Symphony Park; and the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, which is adaptable for performances, rehearsal space, children’s theatre, and other events. Our area stands to realize benefits of several kinds from the presence of The Smith Center: It has, of course, enhanced our  city’s image; it will energize business downtown by drawing people to area restaurants and shops; and there is a third, more intangible, benefit—the activities at The Smith Center provide us with a vibrant focal point for our community, a place where we can gather and share our pleasure and pride in the place where we live.

Last spring, as local media reported, an initial drive brought in over 10,000 subscribers, far exceeding the hoped-for 6,000. The 2012-2013 season of the “Broadway Las Vegas” series opens in August with the hit musical La Cage aux Folles, followed by Wicked, The Addams Family and seven other productions. The Philharmonic and Ballet Theatre seasons begin in October.

Nevada State Bank is proud to be a donor to The Smith Center, and I encourage you to visit The Center’s website www.thesmithcenter.com for information on performance schedules and tickets. Meet you in the lobby.

Best Regards,

Dallas Haun
President and CEO
Nevada State Bank



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