Lafayette High School

The newly-renovated Lafayette High School Theatre in Rockwood School District, the largest school district in the St. Louis area, was opened in 2008. The original theatre built in 1986 was stripped down to the four walls and roof and completely rebuilt. The district called on Paragon 360 for the complete design of audio, video, lighting and acoustic systems and theater planning.

The old space did not include fly capability over the stage area. In addition to the lack of fly space, the catwalks were not placed in angles that allowed for the proper lighting of the stage. The audio system was very inadequate for the space and the seating layout was inefficient.

The new space features twenty six motorized line-shaft systems and a motor control system that allows for safe control of the rigging system from the backstage area. Included in the line-set system are four stage electrics in addition to adjustable masking, traveler tracks, a cyclaroma curtain, scrims, a video projection screen and multiple spare scenic battens. The space also has two new front of house catwalks and spotlight positions. The stage also has six motorized side lighting ladders.

All of the technical systems were replaced throughout the theatre. Lighting system included new dimming, circuit distribution, control systems, three separate house light systems and a fixture package. The audio system was completely redesigned using a JBL line array system with all new processing and front of house control in addition to monitor capabilities backstage. Capabilities were also designed into the mix for video projection.

“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

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