BRINGING THE PERFORMANCE AREA TOGETHER
280 sq. ft.
360 sq. ft.
The key to bringing together an effective multi-purpose area is flexibility. No other area in the school will have to accommodate such a wide variety of activities. As a result, no other area in the school will need as much equipment and storage.
Multi-Purpose Area 5500 sq. ft.
Stage 1600 sq. ft.
The equipment and layout should facilitate fast, easy transitions between activities. Because the multi-purpose area will often be full of people, multiple entrances/ exits and double doors will ensure that you have a smooth traffic flow no matter how the room gets configured.
Storage Room 240 sq. ft.
No question about it, an auditorium or proscenium theater would be a fantastic asset and occasionally the elementary budget allows for a dedicated performance space.
The classic proscenium theater provides the best all-purpose performance area. It’s made up of three basic elements; a stagehouse, an orchestra pit and an audience house.
The stagehouse is characterized by a thrust stage, wings off to either side and a fly-loft overhead. The orchestra pit in front of the stage is standard, but in an elementary school, you may simply want to plan for an open area between the audience seating and the stage. The audience house is usually sloped to ensure good sightlines, and seating is usually permanent. You’ll need to plan for storage nearby or adjacent to the stagehouse for equipment like shells, risers and props.
A school auditorium like this becomes more than an ideal place to showcase the talents and accomplishments of the students and faculty. It becomes a gathering place for the entire community. It’s a place where you want to put your best foot forward. For planning a dedicated performance space we recommend the involvement of theater consultants and acousticians to ensure that you put together the best space possible.