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Planning an Event: Theater Overview

The Bayou Theater is the principle performing arts facility for the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Indeed, it is the premiere performance space for the Clear Lake/Bay Area. As a proscenium stage, built in 1976, and renovated between 1987-1989, the theater seats 500 in a continental configuration offering an intimate environment with no seat farther than 60 feet from the stage.

Rooms

The theater complex includes

  • A box office adjacent to the main theater entrance doors
  • Backstage dressing rooms for both men and women with lighted mirrors, toilets, sinks and showers
  • A "Green Room" where performers can wait before making entrances onto the stage
  • The Scene Shop - a complete wood working shop with large power saws, hand tools, air compressor and paint area with sink

The Bayou Theater does not have Balcony Seating, an Orchrestra Pit or Costume Shop with washers, irons, or dryers.

House Rules - No Exceptions

  • No weapons are allowed. All “weapon” type props must be approved before being brought on campus.
  • No tobacco products are allowed.
  • No alcohol is allowed.
  • No food or drinks allowed in the Bayou Theater seating area. This includes gum and candy.
  • No climbing on or over the house seats.
  • Dressing is permitted in the Green room and Dressing rooms only. The Scene Shop may not be used for this purpose.

Staff

The Bayou Theater is located on a university campus and is not a union house. The theater has one full-time staff member and three to four part-time student workers. The Bayou Theater also relies strongly on support services provided by the Student Life Office staff.

Fly Lines and Drapery

The theater is equipped with 41 "fly lines." The lines are anywhere from 0'-6" to 2'-0" apart from one another. A complete set of flame retardant, black pleated velour "legs" and "borders" are pre-hung. The grand drape, cyclorama(s) 1 and 2, and one full stage "blackout" curtain close in a guillotine style. Given prior notification, line hanging adjustments can be made at rehearsal and setup times. See Fly Rail Hanging Positions.

Sound System/Audio Visual

The sound system is capable of audio playback from two CD players and one Cassette tape deck. Sound is controlled by a 32 channel mixer and is amplified to a central cluster and to various satellite speakers in the house and onstage. See Lighting and Sound for a more detailed description.
  • Several different types of projectors and special effects equipment including 
    • Two LCX-5 Digital movie projectors
    • One movie screen large enough for both regular and Cinemascope type images
    • Two incandescent followspots(Altman 1000Q)
    • One Overhead Projector
  • Two hundred 2400-watt lighting dimmer per circuits controlled by the Express 72/144 control board enabling either computer control or manual two scene preset
  • Over two hundred lighting instruments are hung in a house repertoire and given prior notification can be adjusted at time of rehearsal or setup (Client is responsible for all rental fees associated with additional setup time required.)
  • A varied assortment of microphones and microphone cable
  • Other audiovisual needs, such as 8mm file or slide projectors, can be arranged with the Office of Scheduling and Space Planning.

Pianos

Two pianos - a Steinway Studio Grand, size 7' -0" and a Cable Upright are available.

 Date Updated: 17-NOV-2011
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