It's been a busy 2018, and 2019 looks to be a great year with some awesome shows coming. We look forward to seeing what has in store for your Music Hall audiences this year.
The Uxbridge Music Hall Advisory Board would like to bring you up-to-date with some developments at the Hall.
SEATING CAPACITY: With the new stage extension, the Fire Department has adjusted the seating capacities on the main floor of the Hall. The new maximum on the floor is 190 and on the stage is 81. The numbers on the main floor decrease if alcohol and/or tables are added to the equation. These new regulations will be updated on the Music Hall website, in the Hall and in the red book in the coming weeks.
NEW CHAIRS: We have new comfortable main floor chairs that we're sure your patrons are going to love. These chairs were purchased, in part, with funds from the Music Hall Improvement Fund (MHIF).
With the current six-foot stage extension in place, these new chairs lend themselves comfortably to a standard setup of 8 rows with 16 seats. We have permanently labelled the chairs accordingly, rows A to H, with seats 1 to 16, which means no more need to affix labels for each production/show.
Another feature is that the chairs interlock, allowing for slight curves in the layout (suggested). This gives a more streamlined and sexy look to your production and makes it easier to tidy up once the performance is done.
When not in use, the chairs will be stored on both sides of the hall in stacks of 8 chairs according to their rows - A, B, C, D... With four people, we were able to set up or take down the chairs in 10-15 minutes. If we all work together to stack the chairs in the proper order this will ease the transition for the next show.
We have stored some extra new chairs downstairs, which can be used to expand floor seating beyond the 128-chair setup we have labelled, should it be felt necessary.
The Music Hall has retained 40 of the old chairs for general use during rehearsals. To avoid stains and other marks on the new chairs, we ask that they only be used during performances. The old chairs should be stored in the basement during performances to allow your production to have a very professional look.
STAGE CURTAINS AND STAGE EXTENSION CURTAINS: The Music Hall has purchased new black stage curtains - the traveller at the back, the four legs and the teasers at the top. The default position for the traveller will be 'open'. The default for the four legs is in the 'up' position in order to protect the condition of the curtains during setup. If your production requires the legs to be lowered please contact the Technical Manager.
The stage extension curtains will be stored until your dress rehearsal. If you require them earlier, please contact us.
FRONT CENTRE STAIRS: The old black movable stairs that were used at the front of the stage have been retired and will not be replaced.
NEW LED STAGE LIGHTING: With the help of the MHIF, the Township has purchased 9 fully movable lights over the stage, 2 in the balcony and 2 UV (glow-in-the-dark). These lights can be programmed from the lighting board to do all of the top lighting and special solo lighting on and around the stage for any show. We have been using these lights since late summer and the response has been very positive!
MICROPHONES: The Music Hall has retired the wireless lapel microphones. If you require them, they can be rented from a number of local sources. Contact the Technical Manager for a list of names. With the help of the MHIF, the Township has purchased three additional Senheisser condenser microphones. The original two are hanging over the stage and a new mic hangs up-centre of the stage. The other two are mounted on the balcony near the outside corners of the stage extension. With properly calibrated sound mixing, your sound should sparkle and the sound should be picked up, no matter where you or the actors are on the stage. Keep in mind that sound requirements vary from production to production and having a good sound designer is also a vital part of every production.
FRONT OF HOUSE INFORMATION SHEETS: The Music Hall Advisory Board has created a new condensed Front of House Procedures sheet. You can download one by visiting the Tech Specs on the Music Hall's website or borrowing the one in the Box Office. This will allow you, and your front of house staff, to streamline any issues, protocols and standards that might need to be addressed.
ADVERTISING: If you have been to the Hall recently, you will have seen the snazzy new TV monitors in the lobby. These are showcasing the upcoming events and other happenings at the Music Hall. You can now send in your digital posters for displaying on the outside and inside of the Hall. The inside TVs can be used to display promotional information. You can obtain information for this from both the Tech Specs on the website as well as the Promoting Your Event section.
Did you know that we've created a whole section on advertising and promotion for your upcoming event? There are free listing pages and plenty of great ideas to accompany your current advertising campaigns. Click here to check it out.
The sooner you list your event - even if it is 'Coming Soon' - the sooner the word gets out that is putting on another show! Click here to list your event.
PRE/POST INSPECTIONS: Pre and Post inspections have been working really well. We've addressed a number of user issues and Hall deficiencies, which has allowed us to keep the building in peak condition for . Thanks for working with us on keeping this going. We're working on condensing this inspection form to further streamline the pre/post inspection process to allow you and the others who work with to access the Hall as soon as possible. Please report any issues you come across to either Karen or Joel, depending on the issue, so that it can be dealt with in a timely manner.
USER UPDATE LIST: We're looking at building our User Update list. Are there others involved with that should be on this list? Let us know by replying to this email.
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