Info for One-Act Competition (UPDATED 9/25/17)

UPDATED - October 6, 2017

 This information is provided for schools participating in the region one-act play competitions.

Large sets and/or props are discouraged. This facility has no scene shop and insufficient space for storage or staging of sets prior, between or following performances, so please plan appropriately. Facility tours can be arranged prior to the competition date by contacting the PAC Supervisor. 

LOCATION

Henry County Schools Performing Arts Center

37 Lemon Street

McDonough, GA 30253

(on the campus of Henry County High School)

 

Performing Arts Center Floor Plan

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Stage Diagram

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Parking MAP

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All participants in one-act competitions should park in the lot directly in front of the Performing Arts Center (view map at link above). DO NOT PARK in the lot at the end of the PAC; this lot is reserved for Henry County High School student parking. See LOADING AREA & SETS below for load-in/load-out parking information.

  

LIGHTING

Lighting generally follows the "McCandless Method" of stage lighting with a front wash at angles from from house left and house right. We are currently configured for backlight instead of top light.

  • Front wash from the FOH 1st catwalk
    • covers five areas from left and right
    • gelled with Roscolux 119 diffusion to smooth wash across areas
    • lighting fixtures- 10 (five per side) Chauvet Professional E910-FC LED (RGBL) ellipsoidals
  • Cyc -60-foot wide, 22-foot high sky blue
    • (6) Chroma-Q Color Force 72 LED (RGBA) fixtures
  • Back wash
    • (6) COB Cannon LED Wash (RGBA) PARs - 50 degree lens - 3rd stage electric
    • (5) COB Cannon LED Wash (RGBA) PARs - 50 degree lens - 4rd stage electric

LIGHTING OPERATOR

PAC personnel will run lights for your show or you may have one of your student technicians control lights (see below)

  1. The PAC will provide a lighting console operator for your show, if desired. You should supply a clearly marked script containing all desired lighting cues and/or one student crew person thoroughly familiar with the script and cues, who can clearly communicate what is needed for each cue.
  2. One  student crew member will be permitted to operate the PAC lighting console. PAC personnel will be available for a short period of instruction and will remain available throughout your show to assist if necessary. Due to limited space, no more than one crew member is allowed in the lighting booth.

The PAC will provide some simple fader looks should you prefer your student crew member control the lighting console.

The following spots will be available for use:

  • 1 DSL Spot
  • 1 DSR Spot
  • 1 DSC Spot

The following front wash will be available for use:

  • Full Stage Wash
  • Stage Left Wash
  • Stage Right Wash
  • Center Stage Wash

Please Note: Isolating areas on stage

Since the full stage front wash overlaps, there will be spill from one area into another. We have ETC Source 4 ellipsoidals set to provide a spill-free front wash for stage right and another for stage left. A third isolated area covers center stage. 

Color Palettes: PAC ligthing fixtures can offer full color mixing for front of house full stage wash, backlighting, and cyc wash. The following colors will be set in color palettes for quick selection:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • White
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Teal
  • Orange
  • Yellow

SPOT SPECIALS

  • DSL, DSC, DSR & midstage spots (two any positions at any one time)
  • Fixtures - ETC S4 Revolutions (moving lights). Two units are located at the FOH position and can be used as repositionable spotlights with movement controlled by the lighting console; this means you can have two spots simultaneously pretty much anywhere on stage, but they must be moved to hit any subsequent location(s).
  • Remote zoom allows variable spot size.
  • Be aware that time between performances will be a limiting factor in setting any additional spot positions beyond what is listed above.

FOLLOWSPOTS (two available)

  • You must provide one trained operator for each spot.
  • Spots are located at far ends (house left and house right) of the 2nd house catwalk. A center position is not available.
  • Followspots can hit all stage areas and house just short the center cross aisle.
  • Spots are located on the 2nd house catwalk and are accessible via stairwell, spiral stairs and a short (three step) ladder transitioning between catwalk elevations.
  • No other crew members are allowed on the catwalks.

Four stage electrics are located at 3'-6", 10'-6", 18'-6" & 28'-9". Note that the 2nd electric is just downstage of the mid-stage traveler and lighting from electrics 3 & 4 will not be available when the mid-stage traveler is closed.

 

SOUND

There are no general stage coverage microphones provided for competition.

USER-SUPPLIED SOUND EQUIPMENT

  • Schools requiring connection of sound equipment (mixing consoles, wireless mics, etc.) to the house sound system must provide line-level XLR connections for interface to the PAC system.
  • Space is very limited for additional equipment in the sound booth. If your equipment cannot be accommodated in the booth, potential tie-ins are available mid-house, downstage left & right and several other possible locations.
  • We strongly recommend you contact the PAC well in advance for any needs requiring connection of your equipment to ours.

MICROPHONES

  • According to competition rules, wireless body mics or other required mics must be provided by each school.
  • Although it is possible to patch your mics into the PAC sound console,  we would recommend you provide a trained operator and your own mixing console for the best outcome. Due to limited time between performances, we cannot guarantee we will be able to patch and sound check a large number of mics.
  • Connecting a sound console to the PAC house system -
    • PAC personnel will provide assistance in connecting your system to the PAC house sound system, if desired. Tie-in points for user-provided sound consoles are available on stage, near the booth, mid-house or several other possible points.
    • Contact the PAC in advance for arrangments,
  • Connecting wireless mics directly to PAC sound console -
    • If connection of more than four individual wireless mics directly to our sound console is required, your mics must be positioned near the PAC sound booth.
    • Four or fewer mics can be connected on DSR or DSL.
    • All connections must terminate with a male XLR connector and be of sufficient length to reach jacks on wall-mounted panels DSR or DSL or, your equipment must be located adjacent to the PAC sound booth (provide your own table for equipment).

SOUND OPERATOR

  1. The PAC will provide a sound console operator for your show, if desired. You should supply a clearly marked script containing all desired sound cues and/or one student crew person thoroughly familiar with the script and cues, who can clearly communicate what is needed for each cue.
  2. One  student crew member will be permitted to operate the PAC sound console. PAC personnel will be available for a short period of instruction and will remain available throughout your show to assist if necessary. Due to limited space, no more than one crew member is allowed in the sound booth.

PLAYBACK

  • CDs
    • Sound effects and/or show music can can be provided on CD either in WAV or MP3 formats.
    • Up to two CDs can be used alone or in any combination simultaneously.
    • All CDs must be finalized and should be tested on a second player other than the one on which they were recorded. It would also be wise to have a backup copy available.
  • USB THUMBDRIVES - EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES - SD CARDS - COMPLACT FLASH CARDS
    • MP3 or WAV format
    • Files must conform to certain format and file structure requirements. Contact PAC for details.
  • CELL PHONES - TABLETS - LAPTOPS - PORTABLE MUSIC PLAYERS (FLASH)
    • You must provide a student to operate a cell phone, tablet, laptop or flash music player.
    • We will provide a mini-plug connection at the sound console for your portable device.
    • We strongly discourage the use of cell phones for sound playback for a variety of reasons.
    • If you choose to use a phone -
      • Remember to set the phone to airplane mode.
      • Make sure the battery is charged and/or you have a charger with cable.
      • Disable the passcode or make sure the operator has the passcode.
      • Download audio, rather than attempting to stream them live from an online source.
      • In most instances, the case must be removed to connect to our system.

All effects and music played by PAC personnel must be divided into tracks and pre-edited (no "start at 2:32 into the track").

PRODUCTION COMMUNICATIONS

  • Production intercom headsets
    • can be available in -
      • Sound and lighting control positions
      • Followspot positions
      • DS right & left positions
      • Dressing rooms
      • Several other locations
    • Headsets are typically preset and available at lighting, sound, followspot and DS left and right positions.
    • Availability at other locations should be requested in advance.
    • Additional beltpacks/headsets can be daisy-chained in the same area if necessary, with prior notice.

 

LOADING AREA & SETS

Loading is street level access (no dock) at the rear of the PAC (front entrance side for Henry County High School).

  • All access is through two sets of double doors, directly onto the stage. 
  • The maximum dimensions for set pieces through these doors is 62 inches by 93 inches.
  • Parking is available for load-in/load-out only. Please move your vehicle as soon as possible so the next show may unload.
  • Please make arrangements to remove your set from the building immediately following your performance, as we lack adequate storage for all school's sets.
  • In the event of inclimate weather, we will most likely have to store your set pieces in the front lobby of you have open trailers or trucks for transport.

It is expected that your crew will take every precaution to prevent damage to the facility and furnishings while moving props and sets.

  • All set pieces must be hand carried or transported by wheeled cart
  • Stage crew must be sufficient to handle oversize/overweight set pieces
  • All casters on platforms must be adequately sized to carry the load
  • Hard plastic casters are prohibited
  • When moving items through doorways, care should be taken to protect doors and door hardware
  • Actors and crew are not to slide or drag set pieces across the floor in the wings or on stage

Voliators will be expected to compensate for repairs and will not be invited back.

 

STAGE & WINGS

  • The proscenium measures 44 feet wide by 21 feet high.
  • Useable stage depth from the plaster line to the typical cyc location is 31 feet, 1 inch (see next item).
  • Competition playing area
    • A spike line is typically marked at approximately 40-feet wide by 25-feet deep from plaster as a playing area.
    • Center line is spiked DSC, MSC & USC.
    • Set pieces may be pre-set outside this line upstage and off stage during your setup time.
    • Setup on stage may begin when "your time starts now" announcement is made.
    • Time stops when all set pieces are removed behind spike lines outside playing area and your crew calls "clear."
    • You may use the apron as additional playing area.
  • The 56-foot wide stage is a sprung maple floor, normally covered with an 80-mil black vinyl dance floor (Stage Step Super Bravo).
  • Wings extend SR & SL from the end of the wooden stage floor
    • 13 feet stage right.
    • 12 feet, 10 inches stage left.
    • Flooring surface in wings is concrete, painted flat black
  • A curved apron extends eight feet downstage from the plaster, at the deepest point center.

All set pieces not on carts, wagons or casters are to be to hand carried. Casters must be properly sized and secured for the size and weight being carried. Hard plastic casters are prohibitedCast and crew are not to slide or drag any items across the stage floor or wings.

Space in Wings for Sets

Space in the wings is limited. You are encouraged to bring only the minimum number of sets pieces absolutely necessary for your performance. 

All set pieces must be hand carried or transported by wheeled cart. All casters on platforms must be adequately sized to carry the loadhard plastic casters are prohibited. Actors and crew are not to slide or drag set pieces across the floor in the wings or on stage.

 

Space in Wings for Sets

Space in the wings is limited. You are encouraged to bring only the minimum number of sets pieces absolutely necessary for your performance. Click here for a diagram of the stage layout & wings space available for sets. Please note that fire code requires that a pathway must remain clear to all marked exits and doorways may not be blocked at anytime.

 

Stage Rigging

Stage rigging consists of 24 Daktronics (Hoffend) Vortek motorized hoists controlled from a downstage right touchscreen. One additional hand winch line is located upstage just beyond the last Vortek line; the hand winch is located upstage right. All softgoods can be flown except the Teaser, located on set 0, which is dead hung. All lines are full travel single purchase except the four electrics, which are double purchase and have a top limit of 30 feet. All other lines reach upper limit at approximately 43 feet. Maximum travel speed for single purchase lines is 2.9 feet per second. The system employs move to target, move to height or manual (paddle or touch screen) control. Full recallable cueing and editing capability is available for running multiple lines simultaneously during production.

 Click here for stage rigging plan

 Click here for line set schedule (requires MS Excel)

 Click here for line set schedule (same as above but in PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent)

 

Legs, Masking, Softgoods

All softgoods are 25oz Prestige IFR synthetic goods. All side masking is tied slightly on-stage.

TRAVELERS

All travellers are controlled by manual handlines from stage right.

  • The Grand Drape is a burgundy traveler, controlled by manual handline from stage right.
  • A mid-stage traveler falls 12 feet, 0 inches from the plaster line.
  • A cyc traveler falls 31 feet, 1 inch from the plaster line.
  • Both the mid-stage & cyc travelers serve as additional masking for the wings.

LEGS

  • There are four sets of black legs located 8'-0", 16'-0", 21'-0" & 27'-0"

CYC

  • The cyc is constructed of seamless sky blue muslin, hung at 31'-1".
  • It can be hidden by means on the cyc traveler just downstage, mentioned above.

OTHER

  • A burgundy tormentor is located at 5'-0" from plaster.

SETS

  • For large, oversize props or set pieces, your cast or crew must breast legs to assure no damage.
  • If staff permits, we can fly curtains in and out as needed for set movements.
  • Reparations for damage to curtains will be expected from the responsible school(s).

 

Dressing Rooms

There are two chorus-style dressing rooms in a corridor directly behind the stage. They are accessible from either upstage left or right (click here for a floor plan or click here for representative photos).

  • Each dressing room can comfortably accommodate 14 seated, but more can be accommodated if seating is not required.
  • Maximum occupancy combined is 53.
  • The dressing rooms include make up mirrors with countertop, hot & cold running water, restroom facilities, wardrobe hanging, and a single shower.

Due to time constraints, a single dressing room is generally assigned to each school by the competition host coordinator. This allows a continuous flow to maintain the performance schedule, with one school dressing as another performs. Please vacate your assigned dressing room as soon as possible following your performance, to amke way for the next assigned cast

  • Please direct all inquiries regarding your assigned access times to the competition coordinator.
  • Encourage all cast and crew to leave valuables at home. The dressing rooms are generally not to be considered a secured area, particularly during an event such as one acts. Although they can be locked, we do not loan out keys and we do not have staff present to lock/unlock the doors.

 

Video Monitors

Video monitors are located in the wings downstage left & downstage right, offering a video feed of the stage.

 

Food

Bottled water is allowed in the PAC, but all other beverages and food are prohibited for audience, cast & crew.

Prop food is allowed. Use of real food and beverages in your show requires advance permission from the PAC Supervisor.

  • All real food must be stored in sealed containers except when in use on the set.
  • Clean up must take place at the earliest opportunity following the use of food in a rehearsal or performance in order to prevent attracting pests.
  • All food and beverage waste must be bagged and removed from the building following each performance. You are expected to provide your own trash bags. A dumpster is located in the loading area.

Lunch for cast & crew is typically offered for optional purchase by one of the local high school theatre troupes. Please contact the local competition coordinator for more information.

  • Burgers, pizza, subs & deli sandwiches, country buffet, wings & chicken, pasta and other fare are all available within a one-mile radius, and a number of restaurants are within short walking distance of the PAC.
  • Please inquire for specific information.

 

 Other

Glitter in all forms is strictly prohibited; this includes signs, props and cosmetic glitter.