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Foster Family Theater

The Foster Family Theater intimately seats approximately 444 patrons and is served by four entrances at two levels in the Marie Damrell Gallo Grand Lobby. There is no balcony in the space, but side galleries wrap along the sides of the chamber above the Marie Damrell Gallo Grand Lobby level entrances below.

Requirements for the Foster Family Theater are as varied as they are for the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, except in a smaller more intimate setting. Use for theater productions will likely be heavier than in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, so proper projection and intelligibility of un-amplified voices have been key factors in the design. Sufficient volume in the hall has been provided to develop the degree of reverberation needed for classical music (1.5-1.7 seconds at mid-frequency, occupied). Retractable draperies will be provided to adjust the reverberant character of the hall down to approximately 1.3 seconds at mid-frequency.

The narrow dimensions of the Foster Family Theater are favorable with regard to support of un-amplified voices, and the farthest seats being within 60 feet of the proscenium will enhance the sense of acoustical intimacy throughout the hall.

A small orchestra shell and forestage reflectors will be provided in this hall as well. The orchestra pit is sized for approximately 15 musicians but may be enlarged to accommodate 25 musicians.

A series of straight catwalks form the ceiling plane in this space while provide lighting positions and favorable acoustical reflections. The follow spot booth is located directly above the control booth, and may be accessed by ladder or catwalk. Additional lighting pipes are at the back of house and side lighting positions.

The proscenium is 40’-0” wide by 24’-0” high and the stage is 34’-0” deep by 80’-10” wide.