Rental Policy and Resources
The Morgan-Wixson Theatre has 201 seats in a normal proscenium seating configuration. Seats are arranged in three sections across the auditorium – center, left and right. There is no orchestra or balcony section. See the THEATER HOUSE PLAN link.
The Stage is essentially a traditional Proscenium type that is 30’ wide and approximately 14’ high. There is a 14’ deep apron extension in front of the proscenium that has its own offstage wings right and left. We call these the “Wells”. Behind the proscenium arch the stage goes back another 23 feet to our Cyclorama. The offstage wings are each approximately 13 feet. There is NO MAIN CURTAIN on our stage – although there is a fly batten, usually available just upstage of the Proscenium Arch, for you to hang one of your own. In lieu of a stage curtain we have a stage wide, FIRE CURTAIN that covers the entire upstage side of the proscenium opening. area. See the STAGE PLAN and STAGE SECTION links.
This area is located on the second floor of an attached building which is attached to the main theater house. It is 29’-5” x 28’-9” with an 8’-3” height from the floor to the bottom of the exposed ceiling rafter beams. These beams are 6” thick x 14” tall. One 28’-9” side wall in the room is covered with wall high mirrors. The opposite side wall provides for a 6’ deep storage area.
The theater was constructed before normal ADA laws were passed. Consequently, there are no ADA accommodations for our audiences. However, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre is more than willing to provide appropriate accommodations for limited mobility patrons. Oftentimes we do this by providing areas at the back or front of the house for our patrons with wheelchairs or walkers.
We regularly rent our Stage as well as our Rehearsal Hall. The theater is available for rentals to a variety of production and/or rehearsal concerns. It’s also available for staged readings, lectures or workshops. Although the rental rates vary from day-to-day, the average rate for renting our Stage is about $800.00/day. This would give you a maximum of eight (8) hours of time. In addition you must pay for one of our technicians at the rate of $35.00/hr for every hour that you are in the theater. Whereas the Rehearsal Hall would be available for about $60.00/hr, with a technician rate of $25.00/hr.
We rent to a full variety of concerns. From one-person shows, musical concerts, dance shows, pageants, recitals to full, theatrical stage shows, as well as television and film productions. We are proud to say that many of our rentals are to a variety of multi-cultural concerns, including Latino, Middle Eastern and Asian presentations.
However, it must be pointed out that the hardest part of renting from us is procuring your desired dates. We are a producing theater that has a full annual season of adult as well as children’s productions. In addition we host an annual rental to an independent children’s theater training program. And though we welcome all outside rentals, you might well imagine that between all of our rehearsal and performance demands we have a rather heavy demand for our stage and rehearsal spaces. Nevertheless, we do still manage to find a few dates here and there for outside events throughout the year. So please call the Rental Manager, William Wilday at 424-227-6091, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to negotiate your best availability. Please keep in mind that the summer months, especially in August, and the month of December usually tend to be much more available for outside events.
and Stage Equipment
which are also available for rent from time to time.
And although we are still compiling a comprehensive inventory of all of these materials you may nevertheless refer to our link of our Technical Specification Sheet in order to get some ideas of these available resources. These rental rates are negotiable per event. Please contact our Rental Manager or Costume Manager, Anne Gesling, (click here) in order to make specific arrangements for these types of rentals.