Ashland High School has two auditoriums, the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium and the Little Theater.  

The 1002-seat Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium opened in 2015.  This modern facility is the preferred venue for concerts and music events.  Archer Auditorium has limited availability at certain times of the year—February, April, May, and December are particularly busy.  Contact Philip McNaull, auditorium manger, at phmcnaul@goarrows.org or 419-289-4506 to check availability and for any questions.

For information about rental fees and policies, see Facility Use Handbook.


ARCHER AUDITORIUM TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Photo of Archer Auditorium

SEATING CAPACITY

The auditorium has 1002 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

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.

PRESENTATION TOOLS

The auditorium has a projector with a screen that is 16'W x 9'H.  Any device with an HDMI output can connect to the projector.

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; and their use is included with the auditorium rental.  The Little Theater, band room, and choir room are all nearby and can be rented for an additional charge.

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)
  • 6 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
  • 6 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 a Road Hog 4 console, and the lighting system has DMX and sACN inputs for compatibility with other lighting consoles.

POWER TIE-IN

Three power tie-ins are available:

  • 100 amp 3 phase, 120/208 volts.  Cam connectors (female black, red, blue; male white & green) Located in electrical room, upstage left.
  • 50 amp 120/208 volts (2 legs of 3 phase service).  NEMA 14-50R connector.  Located on stage right wall.
  • 200 amp 3 phase, 120/208 volts.  Located in the Little Theater which is next door to Archer Auditorium.  125-150' of feeder cable would be required to utilize this.

EVENT WORK ORDER

Groups scheduled to use Archer Auditorium are asked to complete the Archer Auditorium Event Work Order at least three days prior to the event, or two weeks prior if requesting the orchestra pit cover to be raised or lowered.  This helps us ensure that everything is ready for your arrival.

QUESTIONS

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


LITTLE THEATRE TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Photo of Little Theatre

The Little Theater seats 310 and was part of the original high school building.  This venue is ideal for meetings, recitals, and other events with smaller audiences.  When planning summer events, keep in mind that the Little Theater is not air conditioned.  Contact Jason Goings, high school assistant principal, at jagoings@goarrows.org or 419-289-7968 to check availability.  You may also contact Philip McNaull at the address above for technical questions.

SEATING CAPACITY

The Little Theater has 310 seats.  There is space for wheelchairs in the front and rear of the auditorium.  Approximately half of the seats have tablet arms (photo).

If you expect attendance over 225, 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.

View Seating Chart

STAGE DIMENSIONS

The stage is 32' wide at the proscenium opening.  The depth, measured from the front curtain to the rear traveler curtain, is 22'.

BACKSTAGE FACILITIES

Backstage facilities include two dressing rooms and two individual restrooms.  The band room and choir room are nearby.

AUDIO SYSTEM

The house audio system has speakers on either side of the stage.

Available audio equipment includes:

  • 2 wireless handheld microphones, 2 wireless lapel microphones
  • 4 choir microphones
  • 4 floor microphones
  • 3 microphone stands
  • 2 monitor speakers

LIGHTING SYSTEM

The standard lighting plot is arranged as follows:

  • 5 areas across the front of the stage
  • 4 areas across mid-stage
  • 3 areas across upstage
  • Overhead borderlights

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.

House lights 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.

QUESTIONS

For technical questions, contact Philip McNaull, theater manager, at phmcnaul@goarrows.org.