Little Theater Technical Information

Little Theater house

This page contains technical information about the Ashland High School Little Theater in Ashland, Ohio.  The Little Theater opened in 1962 and was part of the original high school building.

The Little Theater features an open floor space in front of the seating area with steps leading directly to the stage.  This makes an excellent setup for meetings, presentations, plays, and small concerts.

For information about rental fees and policies, see Auditorium Rental Information.

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

Ventilation System

The Little Theater is not air conditioned.  It has a ventilation system that draws in fresh air from outdoors.  Therefore, the level of comfort in the Little Theater depends on the outdoor air temperature.  When the outdoor temperature is below 55°F, the room will remain comfortable with any size of audience.  Small audiences can still be comfortable when the outdoor temperature is in the 60s.  When the outdoor temperature reaches the 70s and above, the Little Theater gets warm and stuffy.  Groups may wish to consider using Archer Auditorium instead of the Little Theater during the summer months.

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:

  • 3 wireless handheld microphones, 3 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 are incandescent and can be dimmed.

The school has Strand MX24 lighting console, and the lighting system has a DMX input for compatibility with other lighting consoles.


For technical questions, contact Philip McNaull, theater manager, at