Archer Auditorium Technical Information

Home > District > Archer Auditorium Technical Information

This page contains technical information about the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium for groups who are performing in the auditorium.

For information about rental fees and policies, see Community Use of School Facilities.

Seating Capacity

The auditorium has 998 seats and 12 spaces for wheelchairs.

If you expect attendance over 800, we recommend using reserved seating to provide the best experience for your guests.  Otherwise, the guests who arrive last won't be able to find enough consecutive seats for their families to sit together.

Seating Chart - actual layout
Seating Chart - for tracking ticket sales

Stage Dimensions

The stage is 54' wide at the proscenium opening.  The depth, measured from the back edge of the proscenium to the rear traveler curtain, is 31'10".  There is also a mid-stage traveler curtain and an optional orchestra pit cover in front of the proscenium.

Shell & Curtains

The stage has a Wenger Diva shell that surrounds the performance area, as shown in the photo above.  We highly recommend using the shell for any concert with live music as it provides the best acoustics.

For other events, the shell can be stored against the back wall and a set of black curtains can be lowered to surround the stage.  The auditorium has a main drape, a mid-stage traveler, and a rear traveler.  There are also various legs and borders.

Several empty battens are available for hanging scenery and backdrops.

Orchestra Pit

The orchestra pit can seat up to 32 people (this is the maximum per fire codes).  The orchestra pit has a removable cover which can be set at stage level, house level, or removed entirely to expose the full pit.  Approximately 10 hours of labor are required to erect or dismantle the cover, so groups wishing to change its position should be aware of the cost and budget accordingly.

Photos:  Pit cover at stage level,  Pit cover at house levelPit cover removed

Backstage Facilities

Backstage facilities include two dressing rooms, two individual restrooms, a scene shop, and a storage room.  The Little Theater, band room, and choir room are all nearby.

Audio System

The house audio system has speakers permanently hung above each side of the stage and center fill speakers mounted in the front wall of the orchestra pit.

Available audio equipment includes:

  • 8 wireless handheld microphones, 8 wireless lapel microphones (up to 8 total can be used simultaneously in any combination)
  • 4 choir microphones
  • 4 floor microphones
  • 8 microphone stands
  • 6 monitor speakers

Lighting System

The standard lighting plot is arranged as follows:

  • 7 areas across the front of the stage and the orchestra pit cover (or on the orchestra pit when the cover is removed)
  • 5 areas across at the main curtain line
  • 6 areas across mid-stage
  • 5 areas across upstage (for lighting choir risers, for example)
  • Each area is lit with lighting from three lights:  approximately 45 degrees above left, 45 degrees above right, and overhead.
  • There are overhead lights built into the shell when the shell is used.

Groups wishing to adjust the lights should contact the auditorium manager in advance to make arrangements.  We encourage you to simply add lights where they are needed rather than rearranging the existing lighting setup.

The auditorium has 183 stage lighting circuits each wired to an individual 2400 watt lighting dimmer.  There are 30 circuits on a catwalk in the house, four battens of 30 circuits each on stage, 4 circuits on the back wall of the stage, and six drop boxes with circuits on the sides of the stage.  Diagram of lighting circuit locations

House lights are LED, and most can be dimmed.

The school has an ETC Express 48/96 lighting console, and the lighting system has a DMX input for compatibility with other lighting consoles.

There is no electrical power tie-in for large equipment.

 

Questions

For technical questions, contact Philip McNaull, auditorium manager, at phmcnaul@ashlandcityschools.org.