Auditorium Addition at Rich South High School
Setting the Stage
The shape and configuration of the House provides an intimate setting, with excellent acoustics and lines of sight.
The state-of-the-art working Stage has a Fly Gallery with 21 line sets. Tech Decks, flanking the Stage on the Second Level, allow the actors and/or music ensembles to essentially encircle the audience, drawing them into the performance experience. The configuration of the Stage, with the Side Calipers, provides performance flexibility for the performers as well as provide for the smooth, continuous flow of students from the Stage back to their seats during award presentations.
Behind the Scenes
This Auditorium and Performing Arts Design includes additional support spaces that contribute to the overall success of the facility. In order to accommodate a variety of performing arts experiences, a Flexible Performing Space with an adjacent Control Room was constructed. This is used as both a Dance Studio and Black Box Theater. Other related spaces include Dressing Rooms, Costume Storage / Work Room, Scene Shop, General Storage, and Piano Storage. A Third Level Catwalk allows for the setting of 120 theatrical devices.
In order to celebrate the artistic talent of the visual arts students, the Lobby was designed as an Art Gallery. Patrons are able to view students’ art work before and after performances, increasing the visibility of the Visual Arts Program. The glass curtainwall allows viewing of the student artwork from the Exterior Plaza.