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Department of Music and Theatre

Theatres

Shows rehearse and perform in three theatres equipped with advanced lighting and sound equipment. The Performing Arts Center houses fully equipped scene and costume shops, a small dance/rehearsal studio, make-up and dressing rooms, a script library, a music library, practice rooms equipped with pianos, recording facilities, an extensive costume collection, and a computer lab. A large dance/rehearsal studio is available to the theatre department in Acker Gymnasium.

Laxson Auditorium
Laxson Auditorium

Laxson Auditorium was completed in the early 1930s and it has been renovated with state of the art lighting, sound, and counterweight systems. The theatre is the main "Road House" in the Chico area. The auditorium seats 1200 in an American seating style with a large balcony.

The traditional elliptical proscenium arch is more than 25 feet high and 36 feet wide. The stage is 30 feet deep with a medium sized orchestra pit. The Theatre Arts Department produces its spring musical in Laxson Auditorium. Many theatre students gain valuable experience as stage hands for the many events which are produced in Laxson.

Harlen Adams Theatre
Harlen Adams Theatre

The Harlen Adams Theatre is the largest of the three performance spaces in the Performing Arts Center. The continental auditorium plan seats about 450. The stage is forty feet wide with ample wing space and a spacious apron that can be raised and lowered to create various stage levels or a large orchestra pit.

The Adams Theatre also boasts an advanced computer lighting board, excellent sound recording and playback capabilities, a fully trapped stage floor and a full fly house with newly renovated counterweight system and rigging. The theatre stage has direct access to the shop area.

Larry Wismer Theatre
Larry Wismer Theatre

The Wismer Theatre is our “Black Box” space. It is equipped with flexible seating that can create full or three-quarter arena stage configurations as well as thrust and traverse configurations. The control booth is equipped with an advanced computer lighting board and excellent sound playback and recording capabilities.

Ruth Rowland Taylor Recital Hall
Ruth Rowland Taylor Recital Hall

Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall has a seating capacity of 218. It is located in Room 134 of the Performing Arts Center, which is located on West Second and Chestnut Streets.

Rowland-Taylor is a performing venue that hosts music, dance, theater, and lecture events