ABOUT THE FACILITY

Rhythmically placed massive columns within the lobby space are finished with tumbled limestone at the lower portion to give them a distinguished and timeless feel. The column’s upper portion, contrastingly, is shrouded by wire mesh to lighten them visually as they penetrate the ceiling. Complimenting the wire mesh of the columns is an elegant stainless steel and copper mesh railing which leads guests up the sculptural stairs to the second floor. 

The theatre comfortably seats 1,000 patrons in premium theatre seating amid warm earth tones which create a soothing and comfortable setting for all performances. A sloped floor and terrace seating offers superior sight lines and optimized viewing while side seating boxes provide for an intimate viewing experience. 

A dual catwalk system, with tech galleries on both sides, allows for flexible spotlight positions and doubles as unique staging positions for actors during a performance. One can easily imagine Romeo saying, “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” from these cleverly designed tech galleries. 

Acoustics, audio, video and lighting systems have been designed to accommodate multiple styles of performances. Variable acoustics have been incorporated into the space through the use of operable curtains on both sides of the theatre at seating and tech gallery levels. This allows the room to be “tuned” for varying shows. For enhancing classical and choral performances, the burnished masonry walls would be fully exposed. During a Broadway style musical, the curtain would be required to be partially closed for intelligibility while a contemporary music performance that is driven by a beat, would have the curtains closed to cover the walls in order to reduce reverberation. 

The state-of-the-art audio system features a digital mixing console with the ability to store or recall shows and scenes. For audience sound enhancement, eighty-five microphone inputs surround the stage and orchestra pit. And, to cue performers, there is a paging system to the dressing rooms and back of house spaces. 

A theatrical lighting console controls 288 dimmers and 115 conventional light fixtures throughout the theatre space. Lighting positions include four electrics over the stage, one in front of the proscenium, two on the catwalks and four positions in the tech gallery. 

A High-Definition compatible video system with eight camera locations throughout the theatre offers fiber connections back to the main campus control room to allow for video production and television broadcasts of performances. 

Providing the ultimate in performance flexibility is a mechanized lift that can conceal an orchestra below floor level for a performance or set at floor level to allow for additional seating. When raised to the stage level, it creates a thrust stage increasing intimacy between performers and the audience. Further, a soaring fly loft sitting above the spacious stage has been sized to handle a wide range of scenery. 

Backstage, positioned between two large dressing areas with lockers and restrooms, performers enjoy a large makeup room with fourteen individual stations featuring mirrors and Hollywood lights. Supporting the theatrical productions is a fully equipped Scene Shop for the creation of scenery and stage properties. Ample storage is provided for costumes, props and various equipment. 

Before the performers hit the stage, practice takes place in the oversized Choir and Drama rooms. The Choir Room is provided with flexible risers and has four adjoining private practice rooms. The Drama Room also doubles as a black box theatre and the footprint is equivalent to that of the theatre stage so that performers may exactly replicate the performance during practice. Additionally, there are two fullsize classrooms equipped with computer outlets networked to Texas High School and situated so that they can also provide supplemental dressing areas for larger performances or can function as green rooms.

THEATRE RENTAL RATES

Classification Hourly Rate 
III - Non-Profit $200 
IV - For Profit $350 

Refer to Facilities Usage Information Packet for definition of classifications. Rental rates include: Building Use, basic Set-Up and Custodial services. Additional equipment and/or personnel may be added at actual district cost. Please contact the Technical Director upon approval of your application for any specific needs. 

For rental consideration of the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre, you must complete a Facilities Usage Application and submit to Booking Manager. We encourage you to read our Facilities Usage Information Packet for complete details on regulations and requirements. Any group outside of Texarkana Independent School District will be required to submit a $500.00 Security Deposit due upon approval of the Facility Usage Application. This deposit will be subtracted from the total cost of the rental pending satisfactory inspection of the facility. Deposits will be refunded for cancellations two (2) weeks prior to the date of the event. Events cancelled less than two (2) weeks prior will forfeit the deposit. All remaining rental fee costs are due upon completion of facility use. 

The Superintendent or Designee shall have the authority to adjust rental rates in accordance with TISD School Board Policy GKD (Local) & GKD (Legal).