DESIGN GUIDE: MUSIC AND DRAMA CENTERS
CHAPTER 3: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY USES
F I G U R E 3-7.3
THE MULTI-USE STAGE
house, higher production cost, fewer per-
an orchestra pit.
Conclude larger Room desirable if sub-
Multiple, high quality followspots.
stantial amount of Musical Drama is
High-rake house seating preferable, with
Reverberant decay depends on music
source; 1.0-1.2 seconds for electronic sys-
Music shell may be necessary in
tem. Suggests slightly live (reverberant)
Greater volume needed rules out large
b. Musical Drama:
Stage configuration similar to Dance.
Small groups (dance band and chamber
ensemble) require acoustic consideration
Extra stage depth essential for scenery.
of Room shape and volume, or electronic
Wingspace essential for scenery and cast
Dance band with sound system requires
Pit for musicians essential.* Pit space will
1.0-1.2 seconds, may be compatible.
consume a part of prime audience seats.
Classical chamber music requires 1.4-1.7
Proper reverberant decay 1.2-1.4 seconds
seconds, needs help.
= about 86-100,000 cu. ft. = avg. 36 foot
ceiling. Room must have sufficient vol-
ume for music (over-large for 300 seat
Small choral group concerns are similar
to Orchestral, but Room volume not as
Typically large "market" implies larger
great a problem. 1.2-1.6 seconds prefer-