Union, MO

Union High School Theatre

Paragon 360 was contracted for the design of audio, video, lighting, rigging, acoustics, and general theatre planning of Union High School's new theatre.

Project Type

  • Corporate


  • Audio
  • Video
  • Lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Rigging


  • Union, MO

Project Overview

Union School District in Union, MO decided to build a new high school theater that would not only be suited for school productions and education but would also serve the community when necessary. After touring the high school theaters at Rockwood School District which Paragon 360 had been a part of, the district contracted Paragon 360 to provide audio, video, lighting and rigging design in addition to general theatrical planning for the new Union High School Theater project. The new, 500-seat theater opened its doors in 2004.

The Systems

The audio system consisted of Meyer self-powered units that were driven by a Crown amplification system and a 32-channel Soundcraft mixing console. The system also featured a Sennheiser wireless microphones 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 theater 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 (26) 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 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.