Hugo Young Theatre
Hugo Young Theatre is a proscenium house that seats 724 and is used for many of the Theatre Department's main stage and student productions, the Music Department's major concerts, occasional Ashland Symphony Orchestra performances, and other campus and community activities. The proscenium opening is 66 feet wide by 20 feet high and the distance from the back wall of the stage to the orchestra pit opening is approximately 30 feet. The theatre is equipped with a removable orchestra pit cover and eleven motorized linesets for lighting and scenic needs. The control booth at the back of the house can be used to access the lighting catwalks over the audience. Lighting control is via an ETC Ion Console equipped with a 2 x 10 fader wing, and both a Radio Focus Remote and iPod with iRFR remote software. The dimming system is a Strand CD80 Supervisor rack with Strand C21 upgraded control modules. There are 138 2.4k dimmers devoted to stage lighting, including 6 non-dim modules which can be swapped in where needed. Sound is controlled from a mix position in the house, and is run through a 32-channel Mackie analog mixing console with a dedicated digital audio workstation. Inputs include a Denon CD player, two wireless handheld Audio-Technica microphones, twelve earworn wireless Audio-Technica microphones, and other wired microphones for various needs. Output is through a Bose Panaray for the house with optional front fill speakers and Community wedge monitors.
Adjacent to Hugo Young Theatre is the hexagonal Studio Theatre, a black box space which seats about 75 in a semi-permanent thrust configuration. Mainstage, experimental and student productions are produced in this theatre. It is 48 feet at its widest point, and has a permanent lighting grid at 17 feet above the stage floor. There is a small backstage area, and entrances and exits can be made from several directions. The control booth is located above the back row of seating and is accessed via ladder and catwalk. Lighting control is via an ETC Nomad Puck 512 with Eos programming wing, running 36 Strand CD80 2.4k dimmers. Sound is controlled from the booth, and is run through a 24-channel Allen & Heath analog mixing console with a dedicated audio workstation. Inputs include a Tascam CD player and a small selection of wireless microphones. Output is through a pair of Electro Voice EVID 6.2 speakers With lighting updated in 2011, the space has its own Hog 3PC lighting control board with Road Hog Programming wing, 36 dimmers, dedicated lighting instruments (ETC Source 4's and Source 4 PAR's with lenses), three Martin Mac 250 Entour Moving Lights (that float between both spaces) and sound system.
Lighting instruments are shared between the venues and include a selection of over 250 conventional lighting instruments including ETC Source 4, Altman Shakespeare and Altman 360Q ellipsoidals, Altman 65Q 6" fresnels, and ETC Source 4 Pars, as well as Chroma-Q LED strip lights and Martin Mac 250 Entour Moving lights.
Communications are through Clear-com two channel system in each space, which includes front of house panels in the box office as well as outside each set of Hugo doors, one of which also served the Studio Theatre. Hanging microphones in both spaces can be patched in to provide monitoring to 70-volt systems in the booths, dressing rooms, and backstage.
Additional Theatre Spaces
The fully-equipped scene shop with wood and metal working facilities is directly behind Hugo Young Theatre and adjacent to the Studio Theatre. The theatre also has easy access to the costume shop with five standard and two industrial sewing machines, three sergers, professional mannequins, and laundry facilities. Scenery, costume and properties storage areas are located on site; in addition, the department utilizes an off-campus storage area for furniture. A design studio is complete with drafting tables, light box, art supplies, and a light lab that consists of Rosco Horizon lighting Control with 2 X 10 fader wing, twelve dimmers, and dedicated lighting instruments (Altman 3" Fresnels, Par 16's, and Chauvet LEDs) for student instruction and student designers to explore lighting in a lab space.
Both Ashland University theatres are available for rental.