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Shepherd University Frank Center Auditorium
Technical Specification Brief
Guy J. and Alice Frank Center for the Creative Arts
PO Box 3210
100 West Campus Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-5447- Auditorium Manager Office, 304-876-9317 Fax,
Visual Theatre Description
The Frank CAC Stage is a proscenium style theatre of standard 1980 academic construction standards. The Seating is in dull orange flip bottom auditorium seats arranged in 15 rows of about 32 each. The Lobby entrances are located in the rear of the House on the right and left side of the auditorium. These aisles step down 7 for each new seating row. Step edges are marked with glow treads. Rows are smooth sealed concrete floor lettered B (stage) to P (Lobby). Each Aisle has two double doors that allow exit to side hallways as well 1/3 in from both the front and back of House. House is concrete block wall and drywall ceiling painted light Blue. The rear wall of the house is acoustic wood treatment. A control booth runs the width of the House in the rear at ceiling height. Two lighting side coves are located halfway back on the walls and a FOH Cove positions runs across the ceiling at the same position. Stage is 3 tall and has two small staircase built in on either side that continue house aisles up onto stage (these can be plugged). Proscenium wall is painted satin black. 14 triangle truss hangs over the apron to support the flown Mains for the sound system and provide 40 of lighting hang position. Stage fly system is controlled from Stage Right while entrance from dressing rooms is on Stage Left.
House Capacity Information
Standard Seating: 422 (Handicap seating additional 6)
-Printable/Viewable Box Office Friendly Seating Charts -PDF -JPEG Special Thanks to Chris Adams for original drafting
-Arranged in descending tiers from Lobby entrances at rear of Auditorium except for final two rows that rise above Lobby level. Rows are continental style with no central aisle. Rows average about 32 seats each
-An additional 35 seats can be added in the front of the Auditorium (total of 455 seats). These seats are loose chairs clipped together at the legs for fire code compliance. These seats are not ideal seats as eye level is the stage floor. Addition of this row means that there is no crossover from the House Right to House Left Entrance Aisles except in the Lobby.
Handicap Seating: 6
-Arranged in two sections (House Left and Right) at Lobby level in rear of House
-Please note: If using FOH Sound or Lighting- it must be set up in one of these two areas- thereby removing 3 seats
-Renting organizations can only use one seating area. One must always remain open for wheelchairs.
Load In/Dock Information
Dock: -30 Feet Wide x 3 Feet Tall (Box Truck Height) Dock is covered and lit.
-Dock Leveler (Ramp Style) on right side of Dock will accept from Pickup Trucks through Tractor Trailers.
-Driveway extends straight off dock and easily accepts a 52 Trailer
-Driveway connects to WV Route 45 via Ό mile West Campus Dive.
-Gasoline, Diesel and Kerosene are available at end W. Campus Dr.
Entry: Roll up Garage Door (10Wide by 10Tall) between Dock staging area (25 square) and Scene Shop.
Scene Shop sits immediately behind Stage and is connected with a double door 8Wide by 11 Tall. Road Boxes can be securely stored in Shop for run of event.
Dock to Stage: 8Wide by 10 Tall
Dock to FOH: 5-6 Wide by 7 Tall
T&G Pine, Sprung, Painted Semi Gloss Black
Smooth Concrete, Painted Semi Gloss Black
Wenger Corp Pit Covers, Masonite Skin, Painted Semi Gloss Black
Proscenium Opening: 17-9H x 40W
Front of Apron to Back Wall: 37-3
Main Curtain (Plasterline) to Front of Apron: 13-6
Main Curtain (Plasterline) to Cyc (Furthest Lineset): 20-6
Proscenium Opening to Side Walls- 6-10 depending on location
Maximum Out on Standard Linesets: 37-0
Maximum Out on Electric Linesets: 26-0"
Plasterline to Rear of House: 61-0
Height of Truss over Deck: 18'-6", located 4' from DS edge of Pit, centered ,20'-0" in both directions- 40'-0" Total Length
2 Cast Dressing Rooms
Located 10 off Stage Left
-Each has small bathroom with single stall and double sink(NO SHOWER), 6 of hanging rack, and 8 of counter with lights, mirrors and chairs for 4 people.
Chorus Dressing Rooms
-Only available with prior arrangements (at least 2 weeks), but are classrooms with no facilities and limited privacy. These vary in size depending on room availabilities.
There are NO facilities located in the Theatre. A 24 hour laundry mat is available Ό mile from Theatre
-Located in rear of house, 18 above audience.
-Only accessible by spiral staircase (very narrow)
-Located in Main Lobby with ticket counter for 2 sellers.
-Internet Access (Ethernet) and Digital Phone Line available
-There is no analog phone service for Credit Card Machines
-There is a cash drawer and sorting areas beyond access from patrons
Lobby and Main Restrooms
-Lobby will hold about 75 people
-Two restrooms- Mens 2 stalls/3 urinals, Womens: 3 stalls
-Second Set down main hall, 60 feet. Mens- 2 urinals/2 stalls, Women's 3 Stalls
-Main Restrooms for Butcher Center Gymnasium 60 Feet across court yard
-Very large, meant to service 1200 during games- Prior arrangements must be made .
-Located immediately behind the stage, it can provide storage for road cases
Clear Com (Show Intercom)
-Clear Com is on a battery backup UPS. During a power outage, communication will last for 5 minutes between wired stations.
Hard Wired connections
Stage Left, Stage Right, Sound Board, Light Board, SM
Jack in Plates (open)
Handicap areas in rear of House, FOH Cove, both sides of stage
2 Wireless Packs with 250 range on Deck (TELEX BTR-200)
Intercom (FOH Intercom)
-FOH Intercom is on a battery backup UPS. During a power outage, communication will last for 5 minutes between wired stations.
Phone style intercom connects SM, Box Office, and House Manager
Stage monitoring (Audio Only) covers- Both Dressing Rooms, backstage Hallway, Lobby, and New Band Room
University events will determine the availability of inventory for incoming programs. Incoming Events should contact Auditorium Management directly to confirm current available inventory
Local LX and FX Rental Companies:
Parlights, Frederick MD 301-698-9242 www.parlights.com
Atmosphere, Inc, Silver Spring MD 301-585-2100 www.atmospherelighting.com
ETC 72/144 Express
(600 Scene computer or 72 channel 2-Scene Preset, 24 Subs)
144 Faders for Manual Control + computer control
-Wired Remote Focus Unit on Stage Deck
-All controllable channels are 20amp Stage Pin Connectors (2P&G)
Dimming: (132 Channels of 2.4kW dimming)
-Graphic Circuit Layout -JPEG -PDF
96 Channel CD-80 Rack @2.4kW
Hardwired with Digital Upgrade Controller
24 Channel ETC Sensor Pack @ 2.4kW
Located in Attic to serve Truss and Smoke Pocket positions via Multi-cable
12 Channel Stand CD-80 Pack @2.4kW
Located on Deck for floor mount and Trees- Stage Pin Connectors
2 220VAC 60 Amp Single Phase Company Switches are located 15 feet behind the stage
-Bare Wire Tie in or 50 amp Range plug (3 wire)
3 20 Amp Edison Outlets/circuits on stage deck (SL, SR, Rear Stage Wall)
There are limited numbers of top hats, barn doors, color frames, and pattern holders available for use with advanced notice. Incoming groups are responsible for all pattern and color deviations from rep plot.
Unless prior arrangements are made: a rep plot consists of an even stage wash of cool and warms with a three color cyc wash. There are two focusable specials on the FOH Catwalk (These are not followspots)
Standing House sound system is always available. It can handle 12 stage inputs, 2 post/pre monitor mixes, Main Stereo mix and surround speakers in Auditorium House. Additionally, 2 CD players are inserted in control booth. System has very low noise floor in operation and will provide even sound from 30Hz to 18,000Hz. System can also take up to 6 feeds from a back of house mixer for touring productions to use House processing, amps, and speakers. Touring systems are not permitted to directly tie into amps or speakers due to lack of set limiters.
Recording of Program
Shows can be recorded on either DAT or Cassette Tape. Group must provide media and can either be board feed or aerial mic feed (stage monitors)
16 mono input, 6 aux out, 2 aux return, 4 sub/LR output
Main L/R & Subwoofers
DBX Driverack 280 (Compression, EQ, Limiter, Gate, RTA, Crossover)
Rane ME-80 1/3 Octave EQ
Behringer Ultragraph (Compression, EQ, Limiter, Gate, Crossover)
4 JBL SR4735 600watt (Arranged in L & R cluster of 2 each)
2 EAW LA218 1000 Watt
10 EV S-40 Monitors 150 Watt
4 JBL SR4704 Monitor Wedges 450 Watt
Source and Microphones
2 CD Players
2 Cassette Tape Decks
2 Mini Disk Recorder/Player
1 DAT Recorder/Player
Whirlwind Hotbox DI
Shure SM 57
Whirlwind EDB DI
Barcus Berry Piano Pickup/DI
Shure WL50 Micro Lavs
AKG C409 (Bell Clip Instrument mics)
Shure ULX Wireless Body Pack/Receivers
AKG WT-60 Wireless Body Pack/Receiver
With Countryman Micro Lav or Headset
Shure T4V SM58 Handheld Mics
Further audio and backline equipment is available for rental or contracted sound can be used from one of three local authorized sound companies. Please contact Auditorium Manger for further information about your additional sound requirements.
Current Audio Companies:
Welsh Sound and Lighting Productions, Kearneysville, WV
Webber Audio, Martinsburg, WV
Shepherdstown Music and Dance Audio, Shepherdstown, WV
Drums Unlimited, College Park MD 301-982-3428 www.drumsunlimited.com
Soft Goods and Fly Schedule
Draperies: Black Legs* (19H x 15W) 10
Black Legs (19H x 7-6W) 4
Black Borders (8H x 52W) 6
Black Traveller (19H x 52W) 1
Natural Muslin Cyc
(19H x 52W) 1
Black Sharkstooth Scrim
(19H x 52W) 1
*Legs Unfold to Ό Width of Stage
-All Black drapes are made of 22oz Encore Synthetic velour. Totally light Opaque with a medium nap on the front. Inherently Flame Resistant
Fly System: Single purchase counterweight fly system w/15 battens, including 4 fixed-circuit electrics. All Battens are 52 long. Grid height is 38.
Standard Fly Schedule:
1 Main Drape (Traveler-Blue) 0
2 Legs 1
3 1st Electric 2-8
5 LX Instrument Storage- Very Full 3-6
SL Tab Upstage/Downstage tab from LS 1 to LS 12
SR Tab Upstage/Downstage tab from LS 1 to LS 12
6 Border 5-6
7 Legs 6
8 2nd Electric 8-3
11 Border 11
12 3rd Electric- 12 Circuits 13-9
13 Black Full Stage Traveler 14-0
14 Border 14-5
15 4th Electric- 12 Circuits 17-9
16 Black Sharkstooth Scrim 18-9
17 Stretched Natural Muslin Cyc 21-6
Pipes are 52-0 Long on 5 Ό Cable pick lines. Cables are terminated to pipe with one wrap of Ό chain and fly out to the full height of the grid-38-0. Electrics can only fly out to 26-0. Due to the Proscenium opening and fly loft restrictions- for an onstage soft good of 19-0 (standard height) to fly completely out and not be visible from auditorium, borders must be trimmed at 16-0 off the deck.
Misc. Staging and Effects Equipment
6 Wenger Legacy Acoustical Shell Panels
Band and Choir Risers Available (8, 16 24 Heights)
Combination of Straight and Pie Shaped Sections
Call to discuss specific details and setup
Fazio Concert Grand Piano (Equivalent to a Steinway Concert D)
-Call for market tuning price and availability
2 LeMatrie Neutron XS Hazers (1 manual remote, 1 DMX Remote) (AEA Compliant)
1 Rosco 1200 Fogger (Manual Remote)
1 LeMatrie ShowMist Fogger (Manual Remote)
1 LeMatrie DMX Fogger (AEA Compliant)
2 Strobe Cannons (DMX Control in PAR 64 Bodies)
US and WV Flags and Conductors Podium and Lecturn
I hope that this information gives you some idea of the scope of our facility. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have. Were looking forward to your show.
Patrick H. Wallace
Technical Director/Production Manager
Frank Arts Center
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
(304) 876-5447 (Office/Voice Mail)
(304) 876-9317 (Fax)