SBSU donates to Utah Shakespeare Festival
State Bank of Southern Utah (SBSU) officials present a check for $50,000 to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Pictured are (left to right) Tyler Brown, SBSU director of marketing; Fred C. Adams, USF founder; Eric Schmutz, SBSU president and CEO; R. Scott Phillips, USF executive director; Linda Wilson, member of the SBSU board of directors; and Kirk Jones, SBSU director of operations and board member.

State Bank of Southern Utah officials recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Bank officials cited a desire to give back to the community which has supported them for over 50 years, and they felt the donation to the Utah Shakespeare Festival was a good way to do this. While not necessarily in conjunction with the State Bank of Southern Utah donation, the announcement comes at the same time as the Festival is offering its own demonstration of appreciation for the community: offering half-price tickets as a part of their annual Fall Food Drive extending through the end of October.

The $50,000 donation from State Bank of Southern Utah will assist with the approximately $750,000 still needed to complete landscaping and fund equipment for the $38 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which is located on the campus of Southern Utah University and which will house the new Englestad Shakespeare Theatre.

in a press release from the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the SBSU director of marketing, Tyler Brown, stated that he believed the Festival would continue to benefit the community for years to come.

“We hope this gift will not only help the building of the new center,” Brown said, “but challenge other community-minded businesses that are able to give.”

For those only able to give on a smaller scale but still wanting to help their community, the Utah Shakespeare Festival wants to remind southern Utah residents that they can still participate in the Festival’s food drive and receive half-price tickets to any Tuesday through Thursday performance. Food donation barrels will be located in the Randall L. Jones Theatre lobby next to the ticket window. The event also includes a bake sale as well as a bin for patrons to donate canned goods, toiletries, feminine products, or linens.

Residents of Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, Sevier, Piute, and Beaver counties in Utah are eligible for the discount as well as patrons from Lincoln County, Nev. All residents should bring proof of residency and six nonperishable food items for each discounted ticket they wish to purchase. This offer is good Tuesday through Thursday on the day of the performance only. There is a limit of four discounted tickets per resident I.D.

Tickets for the festival’s 2015 season, which will run until Oct. 31, are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.