The 1200-seat Castle Theater is The Center's principal performance space; its multi-tiered configuration places no seat farther than 90 feet from the stage. Designed for a wide range of productions, the Castle Theater features a 50'x 90' stage with orchestra pit and shell, sprung- wood dance floor, and advanced lighting and sound systems.
- Height 28'
- Width 50'
- Grand teaser height 12'
Height is adjustable via the grand teaser (valance).
Plaster Line To...
- Back of house, orchestra level (control booths) 73'
- Back of house, mezzanine level (projection booth) 82'
- Back of house, balcony (rear balcony railing) 97'
- Balcony rail (on mezzanine) 61'
- Down stage edge of orchestra lift 15'
- Down stage edge of apron 3'
- Upstage Wall 45'
- Last fly line 41'
- First front of house catwalk 46'
- Second front of house catwalk 60'
- Front of house mix position 58'
- Upper boom slots, far 70'
- Box boom position, near 36'
- Box boom position, far 40'
Stage Center Line To...
Locking rail 40'
Stage right wall 56'
Edge of wood/concrete floor 42'
Stage Level To...
House floor 3' 6"
Roof beams over stage right wing 13' 6"
Deck of fly gallery 32'
Pin rail 37'
Loading bridge 71'
Bottom flange of roof beam 82'
House Center Lines To...
Box boom walk 39'
House side walls at widest point 43'
Front of house mix position 22'
Lighting & Electrics
View and/or download our lighting plot in Vectorworks or PDF. All fixtures use 20 amp stage pin connectors.
A complete inventory of our in-house lighting fixtures can be found at the top of our lighting plot.
A limited variety of accessories are available including barn doors, donuts, snoots, gobo pattern holders, side arms and alternative PAR 64 lamps (VNSP, MFL or WFL). An assortment of Rosco and Lee color gels are stocked. Contact our Lighting Director for availability details.There is an additional electric that has a row of 3-circuit, Par 56 striplights with 300 watt MFL's.The cyclorama is lit from overhead using 3 cell cyc light fixtures at 1K per cell, with primary red, blue and green gel colors. A ground row of MR-16 strips is available if necessary, however, we currently use 2 Par 56 striplights, one in each wing located between the 6th leg and the cyc, standing vertically and focused on the lower cyc. The coverage blends seamlessly with the top cyc lights and the deck remains beneficially clear. These also have red, blue & yellow gels.In the wings are 8, 13' high, side wash "tree booms", 4 stage right and 4 stage left. Each tree contains 8 units on side arms.There are 9 High End Studio Spots CMY 575 watts located on the 2nd, 4th and 6th electrics
Front of House Positions
FIRST CATWALK(24) Altman 6x16â€™s, two-fered(4) Strand 8x13â€™s with irisSECOND CATWALK(19) Strand 8x13â€™s with iris(8) Altman 6x12's used mainly for lighting the 2 orchestra level aislesHIGH BOX BOOMS(32) Altman 6x16â€™s, two-fered(2) Par 64's used for curtain warmers(Half are house left, half are house right)MEZZANINE BOX BOOMS(6) Altman 6x12â€™s and (6) Source Four 36 degree lekos"(Half are house left, half are house right)MEZZANINE RAIL(15) circuits -mixture of Altman 6x16's and Source 4'sLighting Control
The lighting system control is an ETC Obsession II Version 5.1 with redundant tracking dual processors. A designers remote console is available for programming in the house. 2 remote focus units (RFU's) are available.Dimmers are Strand CD-80 dimmer racks containing (323) 2.4K dimmers and (10) 6K dimmers, totaling 333 usable circuits.
There are (2) Strong xenon trouper 1.6K follow spots, permanently housed in an enclosed booth, above the top balcony. Distance to the plaster line is approximately 100â€™. The follow spots are mounted 16â€™ apart from each other.
There are two disconnect panels located off stage, up-right. Each panel is 3 phase, with 400 amps per leg.
There is one disconnect panel located up-stage left. It is 3 phase, with 100 amps per leg.
There is a 3 phase 30 amps per leg disconnect panel in the grid above the stage.
There are two disconnect panels located outside, at stage level, on the loading dock. One is 3 phase, 100 amps per leg, the other is 3 phase, 200 amps per leg.
There is one 3 phase 100 amp disconnect panel located off-stage, down-right. (Sound Power)
There are two 3 phase disconnect panels located near the stage area of the outdoor amphitheater. One is 3 phase 400 amps per leg (lights), the other is 3 phase 200 amps per leg (sound).
A portable power distribution box, with seven individual 20A duplex receptacle circuits is available for tie in to any 100A or 200A disconnect.
There are no dedicated on-stage electric pipes, as lighting circuits are all on drop boxes. Please see lighting section for more information.
All lines are controlled from the locking rail on stage left. The loading gallery is located approximately 71' above stage level, and has approximately 50,000 Lbs. of available weights. Additionally, there is a fly gallery at the pin rail located 37' above stage level.
Due to fire regulations the fire safety curtain must not be obstructed in any manner, which could prevent its deployment or complete contact with the stage floor.
If you would like to download an Excel spreadsheet of our line schedule to assist in
entering your own information, Click Here.
Other Useless Information:
Support steel working load limits:
Headblock & Loftblock Beams 1100 lbs 6" on Center
Gridiron Deck 50 lbs / Square foot
Rope Block Wells 500 lbs / Linear foot
Loading Gallery Deck 750 lbs / Square foot
Pin Rail 500 lbs / Linear foot uplift
Manufacturers listed working load limits:
Wire rope: 1/4" 7 x 19 Galvanized Aircraft Cable with 7000 lbs breading strength
Head Block: 3000 lbs load limit Loft Block: 750 lbs load limit
Rail: 500 lbs per linear foot
All Information Subject To Change Without Notice
The Audio Systems information portion of our web-site is currently under construction, however these two links to .pdf files should provide enough generic information to give you an idea of what to expect:
Click here for photos and information about our FOH.
Click here for information about our speaker systems, and microphone inventory.
There are a total of seven dressing rooms available. All are located backstage and are on stage level. Each dressing room has audio production monitors with paging override, clear-com communication availability, full length mirrors, and lockable doors. Each room has two electrical outlets at each station, and well lit personal mirrors. All bathrooms are handicap accessible.
There is one "Star" dressing room. Larger than the rest, it has its own private bath with shower, lit mirrors, full length closets with mirrors, and both audio and video production monitors.
There are four "Principal" dressing rooms, each with its own sink, shelving, and closet rods. These rooms are designed to comfortably accommodate up to four persons each.
There are two larger "chorus" dressing rooms that can accommodate up to 16 persons each. They are normally divided with one room for men and one for women, but can be combined for use as one large room. Each half has its own sinks, toilets, and showers.
There is no dedicated wardrobe room, however, there is a laundry room with one washer, one dryer, an iron, ironing board, and a deep sink.There is a green room located off the dressing room hallway. There is a pantry attached with a microwave oven, a sink, and vending machines. Please note that the green room and pantry is for everyone to use.
There is an acoustically reflective orchestra shell that consists of seven 30' rolling towers, and up to 3 ceiling pieces. With multiple configurations available, the largest is designed to accommodate up to 96 musicians. When stored, the tower units live in an upstage cove, and the ceiling pieces (clouds) are permanently hung on line sets 14, 32 & 47 and cannot be moved. The two furthest down stage clouds are on motorized line sets, and electronically controlled. The third cloud is manually operated. The shell ceiling has its own built-in lighting and with the addition of front of house lighting positions, provide a full stage dimmable wash.
NOTE: The main curtain cannot travel when the orchestra shell is in place.
There is a green room located off the dressing room hallway. There is a pantry attached with a microwave oven, a sink, and vending machines. Please note that the green room and pantry is for everyone to use.
There is an adjustable orchestra pit powered by a Gagnon LaForest tubular thrust screw lift system. The Pit can be set from stage level to 13' below stage level. The Pit is 56' wide at its widest point and 12' deep on center. 4 rows of seats are affected by the pit lift, impacting 72 patron seats. The "default" configuration of the house is with seats on the pit, with the pit at audience level. There is a charge for removing and installing the pit seats, and decisions to do so must be made before tickets go on sale. Pit surface is the same as the stage floor. Pit controls are located down stage right, or on the pit. Trap doors in the pit provide access to microphone, line, communications, video patch bays, and 110 volt, AC power.
Available orchestra equipment includes:
â€¢ 65 Black padded Wenger musician chairs, plus 6 padded cello chairs.
â€¢ 30 Black Manhasset music stands.
â€¢ Grand, upright, and spinet pianos. Please contact our Technical Director for availability and details.
The projection booth is located on the mezzanine level, and boasts two "change over" style 35mm Century SA projectors with Stong Ultra 80 5000 watt lamp houses, and the following lense inventory.
â€¢ 133:1 ratio
â€¢ 166:1 ratio
â€¢ 185:1 ratio
Other features of the projection booth include:
â€¢ A 10 slot storage cabinet for 2000' reels, and 20 empty 2000' reels.
â€¢ A 6 slot storage cabinet for 6000' reels and 5 empty 6000' reels.
â€¢ Rewind table with power rewind.
â€¢ 35mm splicer, and all necessary cleaning & splicing tools.
â€¢ House light control
â€¢ Air conditioning
â€¢ One of the best darn projectionists you'll find anywhere.
Our perforated PVC cinema screen is one of the largest motion picture screens in the state, with dimensions of 47' wide by 21' high. The screen surface is 86' from the booth windows. It is hung on a custom-made uni-strut frame, and is permanently hung on line set #6. The screen can be dropped in to any height, with both side & top masking flexible enough to mask the screen for any format of projection. The screen cannot be moved without great difficulty.
There is a Dolby CP65A stereo surround sound decoder, with twin Dolby Digital 'Penthouse mounted' readers and a Dolby DA20 Digital Adapter. The analog sound heads on the projectors are red LED readers, capable of cyan prints. There are no magnetic readers. Left, center, right, and sub bass channel speakers are located behind the screen, and the surround channels are house left, right, and rear, on all three levels of the auditorium. Speaker systems are JBL, with QSC power amps. There are also audio monitors in the booth.
Our projector arsenal includes:
A Sony PX31 2800 lumen video projector that is portable enough to be used in most of our venues, including meeting rooms. An optional long throw lens adds to its versatility.
An Eiki LC-X5 6500 lumen projector that is semi-permanently housed on the mezzanine rail of the Castle Theater. This projector allows for feature film quality front projection on the big screen.
Both projectors can accept just about any format. In addition to the 47â€™W x 21â€™H screen that is permanently hung in the Castle Theater, additional available screen sizes include 6â€™H x8â€™W and 10.5â€™H x 14â€™W, and both are available with front or rear projection surfaces.
To facilitate projection, The Center has a Folsum Presentation Pro switcher, laptops, and DVD players.
The Center has a variety of slide and overhead projectors. Please contact The Centers Technical Director for more information.
There are three orchestra shell ceiling pieces, all fixed positions, two of which are motorized. See line schedule for locations.
There are clear-com headset stations appropriately distributed at all necessary locations.
For more information, contact: