The Harvey Powers Theatre was originally constructed in 1959, and dedicated to Harvey Powers Junior in 1997  The space boasts some of the best facilities and technology in academic theatre anywhere in the country. The house has 483 seats on two levels. The stage has a 32 foot proscenium and a depth of 27 feet. It has a 50 foot high, 31 line-set fly house and an extensive cat walk system that leads to each of three front-of -house lighting positions. The stage has a Wagnerian orchestra pit, center stage trap and marley flooring for dance performances. Both the stage and the house have been designed for acoustical flexibility using faceted walls and a combination of materials for sound control.

The control booth houses sophisticated lighting and sound systems. The lighting control consoles are ETC IONs (3), which control 380 sensor dimmers, as well as moving lights, atmospheric effects, and automated accessories.  Our sound system utilizes a 64 channel digital sound board and CobraNET networked audio.  Almost all of the sound editing for Powers theatre is done on computers, with shows played back via a Q-lab playback system on a Mac computer.  In addition to the many individual bells and whistles of the sound and lighting system, the two are joined together through a MIDI connection such that the sound system can actually trigger the lighting system and tell the light board when to fire its cues. Therefore, shows may be produced in which the "Play" button for the sound is pushed once at the beginning of the show and then neither it nor the light board must be touched again until the show's completion.

Harvey Powers Theatre Control Booth

 

In the stage right wing exists an electrics shop used for repairing damaged electrical equipment and storing electrical accessories, and on the stage left side, a paint shop where all the scenic painting supplies are stored. Also in the wings is an entire wall of lighting racks which hold over 400 ETC, Altman and Strand lighting units. Outside of the stage itself, the Harvey Powers Theatre houses an 1800 square foot scene shop. Also backstage are professor's offices, the green room, dressing rooms, and the design studio. This studio houses 8 computer stations for CAD, digital sound work and lighting design, as well as two large format photo-quality color printers, a flatbed scanner, and a data projector, all of which are available for student use. The lab is also used for traditional drafting, model making, and scenic and costume design.

View a Floor Plan or a Center Line Section of the Powers Theatre.

Need more drawings? Go to Powers Tech Page.

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