Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lecture Hall to Black Box: What you need to know.

In case you missed it, the transformation of the Edna Minor Conn Lecture Hall occurred over holiday break, morphing the room into a dark and scary black box theater.

So what's changed in the giant room on the third floor of the Vest Building? A lot:

• The walls went from white to black, only fitting.

• A dark stage was built over the original floor at the center of the room, rendering handicapped access impossible.

• Two rows of seats were removed to make more room for acting.

• A lighting/sound control booth and stairs were built behind audience seating.

So what's the same?

• The windows. Shades can only block so much light.

• The classroom to stage left. Ideally this would be converted into dressing rooms and prop/set storage.

• The lights. No theatrical glow here. Same old boring fluorescents.

• That pesky whiteboard. You spend how much on a remodeling team and still can't remove that board?

See more pictures of the new black box theater after the jump.

1 comment:

Kelley said...

It looks like a prank by one of those DIY shows on TLC.