The triumphant centerpiece of the Performing Arts Center Complex is our 1,200 seat Main Hall. The Main Hall includes state-of-the-art acoustics and audio-visual system comprising of two (2) permanently installed rear-projection screens located on either side of the stage. A Wenger Diva Shell is available for concert performances.
A state-of-the-art lighting system with an in-house rep-plot allows for various lighting settings, meeting the needs of all performance genres. The stage is approximately 5,200 square feet, allowing for ample room in the wings and off-stage even with all soft goods in place. Just off the stage area are male and female dressing rooms.
BLACK BOX THEATRE
The 250-seat Black Box Theatre, located on the north side of the Performing Arts Center, is an intimate venue for all performing artists, such as poets, musicians, dancers, and theatre events. This specially-designed, flexible theatre, all in black, allows for varied configurations of traditional, three-quartered, or in-the-round seating as required by the production. The walls are covered with acoustic diffuser panels painted black. A catwalk-grid also runs around the ceiling for theater lighting equipment, ceiling adjustments, and maintenance. This theater is intended for educational purposes as the lighting and sound booth can be utilized as a classroom for training in lighting and sound design.
The 4,200 square foot dance studio, located at the south-east side of the Performing Arts Center, is primarily a rehearsal space with full-length mirrors and ballet bars on three (3) walls. Full length curtains are hung for hiding the mirrors and dampening the room acoustically. The space also has a small inventory of theatrical lighting instruments with light board, allowing it to be used for more intimate performances by request.
The multi-purpose room is 2,500 square feet of event space with plenty of room for small- or mid-size gatherings. It can be used as a warm-up room for ensemble performances, a sight-reading room for UIL contests, or as a space for more intimate concert settings. Attached to the multi-purpose room is a kiln for visual artists. Build-in audio-visual technology allows for lectures, seminars, presentations and professional development within this space as well.
The heart of the Performing Arts Center is the spectacularly designed lobby which serves as a lively gathering place for patrons attending performances and ideally a pre- and post-function area for special events. A Steinway piano is located on the balcony lobby area, and art work will be on display throughout the space.
The Plaza Stage, located between the parking garage and Performing Arts Center, is a relaxed, outdoor performance space designed for informal, small-group performances with minimal technical needs. A plaza area and landscaped courtyard makes the perfect place to have pre- or post-show events in a beautiful outdoor setting.
In between the multi-purpose room and administrative wing is an individual recording studio for students to prepare for auditions and to get experience in sound recording technology. The recording and monitoring rooms are specially designed to achieve optimum acoustic properties.