The new Eureka High School Theater in Rockwood School District, the largest school district in the St. Louis area, was opened in 2004. The school had been using the Dorothy Williams Theatre built in the early 1980’s prior to the construction of their new 500 seat theatre. The district called on Paragon 360 for the complete design of audio, video, lighting, rigging, acoustics, and theater planning.
The theatre featured 144 ETC dimmers split between house-lighting and stage lighting controlled by an ETC control console and multiple 10-button and single button wall stations throughout the space. There are over 100 theatrical lighting fixtures spread out over four stage electrics and two catwalks. The stage rigging system consisted of 23 counterweight fly-lines that housed electrics, front main curtain, masking legs, borders, traveler panels, cyclorama and scrims in addition to multiple spare battens for scenic elements.
The audio system was a Meyer self-powered system that was driven by a Crown amplification system and a 32-channel Soundcraft mixing console. The system also featured a Sennheiser wireless mic system and a Clearcom communication system throughout the space. The system was also designed to allow the front of house audio console to be disconnected and brought down to a closer mixing position at mid-house. This called for a very intricate design of a quick connect system making the move painless, efficient and trouble-free.
The space also included hookups for video systems, well designed house-lighting systems, and spotlight operation platforms. Paragon 360 was also involved in the design of the stage area, loading bridges, catwalks, dressing rooms, spotlight areas, and over-all theatrical space planning.
Paragon 360/Brawner & Associates has been working with Rockwood School District since 1996 on multiple high school theaters, and cafeteria style, multi-purpose rooms with performance capabilities.
“I have worked with Donnie Brawner on six major theatre projects and I would not do another one without him. His firm is readily available to their client, follow through with excellent results in a timely manner and make safety a top priority in their design. I trust them to provide me with educated and honest information I can count on.” ~ Gary Blaylock, Fine Arts Coordinator, Rockwood School District, St. Louis, MO