Festival Stage, Blount Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Festival Stage is the principal performance space
within the Carolyn Blount Theatre and is home to the nationally
Shakespeare Festival, which moved its base of operation from
Anniston, Alabama to this new theater complex in Montgomery in 1985.
Carolyn Blount Theatre houses two theaters: the Festival Stage,
and the Octagon. Ancillary
spaces for the theaters include an actors' green room, dressing
rooms, two rehearsal rooms, and prop, costume, scenery, sound, and
The 750-seat Festival Stage is designed to be
used in either proscenium or thrust-staging mode. At the time, this
theater was perhaps the largest and best equipped of its type in
North America. Performance systems such as memory lighting controls,
sound and communications, and theatrical rigging systems were carefully
selected for ease of operation and low maintenance.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival operates year-round,
producing fourteen world-class productions annually, including three
works of William Shakespeare. In addition, classics of the stage
- works by playwrights such as Moliére, George Bernard Shaw,
Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and Eugene O'Neill
- are performed, along with musicals and new works commissioned
by the Festival.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for this facility. Architect
of Carolyn Blount Theatre is Blount/Pittman.