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Mainstage: Technical specifications

Sound, staging, rigging and dimensions specifications

Mainstage

The 954-seat (730 seat orchestra level & 224 seat balcony) Mainstage is a fully serviced performance venue owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. Excellent sightlines, acoustics and a large proscenium stage make the theatre ideal for all types of performances, large presentations and ceremonies.

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International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE – Local 471)

Administration

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Civic Institute of Professional Personnel (CIPP)

General information

Volunteers

Non-Profit organizations have access to the Theatres Volunteer Stage Crew. In the absence of available volunteers, IATSE union staff will be hired and charged back at the applicable rates. The Licensee shall provide the Volunteer Stage Crew with appropriate meals and refreshments during the engagement at scheduled times as advanced by Production Services.

Haze and Theatrical Smoke

Productions using haze and smoke must inform Meridian Theatres in advance of their event. 
WHMIS 2015 documentation (SDS) must be provided to Production Services.

Pyrotechnics

Productions using pyrotechnic special effects must apply for and receive a permit in accordance with City Of Ottawa bylaw services and obtain authorization from the Theatre, and the Fire Chief of the City of Ottawa.  Operators must hold valid certification from the Explosive Regulatory Division of the Natural Resources of Canada.

Open Flame / Smoking Policy

The City of Ottawa has a No Open Flame policy.  Smoking is not permitted in Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe or anywhere on City of Ottawa property.

Theatrical Firearms/Weaponry

All firearms, including replica firearms, must be handled in accordance with federal legislation. Advance approval required by MTAC Production Services.

Maximum Sound Levels

Refer to Ontario Ministry of Labour Safety Guidelines for Live Performance Industry.  

Recording

No video and/or audio recording is permitted without prior approval from Meridian Theatres. Additional IATSE fees may apply. For full details on reproduction and broadcasting, please consult the General Terms and Conditions.

Occupational Health & Safety

Safety footwear and hard hats as required in accordance with Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) regulations. Working at heights in accordance with MOL regulations. Genie Lift cannot be moved while platform is elevated in accordance with defined operating procedures. Fire Curtain will automatically deploy if the need arises, its travel cannot be blocked under any circumstances.

Stage

Stage Surface

Masonite painted black over plywood sprung floor. Anchoring (screwing) into the floor is not permitted.

Dimensions

Proscenium Opening
Width: 13.6 m (44’-8”)
Height: 7.9 m (26’-0”)

Ideal Playing Area
Width: 12.0 m (39’-5”)
Depth (Setline to backdrop): 9.6 m (31’-5”)

Maximum Floor Area
Width: 23.0 m (75’-6”)
Depth (apron to back wall): 15.7 m (51’-7”)

Centre Line
To Stage Right Clear: 10.0 m (33’-0”)
To Stage Left Clear: 9.9 m (32’-6”)

Curtain Line
To Upstage Wall: 11.4 m (37’-10”)
To Downstage Apron: 4.3 m (13’-9”)

Stage to High Transfer Area Door
Maximum width: 3.4 m (11’-1”)
Maximum height: 3.9 m (12’-11”)

Rigging
Grid Height: 15.2 m (50’-0”)

Stairs SL & SR to auditorium floor.

Auditorium Floor to stage height: 0.80 m (2’-6”)

Contact us for the Mainstage Floor Plan

Orchestra Pit

Normally set to stage level to extend Apron.
No patron seating possible on pit when lowered to auditorium floor level.
Access by stage left stairway or upstage right crossover.
Safety net used on opening when pit is in lowered position.

Dimensions (including apron lift section)

Width (SR-SL): 12.0 m (39’-5”)
Length (DS-US): 6.8 m (22’-4”)

Depth
Below Stage Floor: 3.0 m (9’-11”)
Below Auditorium Floor: 2.2 m (7’-3”)

Accommodated Musicians:  ~ 30

Dimensions (apron lift section only)

Width (SR-SL): 12.0 m (39’-5”)
Length (at Ctr Line): 2.3 m (7’-7”)

Accommodated Musicians: ~ 12

Masking

Any user added soft goods must have Flame Resistance Certification CAN/ULC-S109 or NFPA 705

House Curtain (Main)

Permanent on line set 3
1 – Bermuda Blue Velour, 50% fullness
Travel or guillotine
18.3 m wide x 8.5 m high (60’-0” x 27’-10”)
Manual Control located SR

Valance

Permanent on line set 2
1 – Bermuda Blue Velour, 50% fullness
Stock trim 5.7 m (18’-9”)
18.3 m wide x 3.0 m high (60’-0” x 10’-0”)

Mid-Stage Traveler

Permanent on line set 25
1 – Black Velour, 0% fullness
Travel or guillotine 
18.3 m wide x 8.4 m high (60’-0” x 27’-6”)
Manual Control located SR

Borders - Black Velour, 0% fullness

6 – 18.3 m wide x 2.9 m high (60’-0” x 9’-6”)

Legs - Black Velour, 0% fullness

4 – 2.4 m wide x 8.4 m high (8’-0” x 27’-6”)
6 – 3.6 m wide x 8.4 m high (12’-0” x 27’-6”)
4 – 5.2 m wide x 8.4 m high (17’-0” x 27’-6”)

Cyclorama

Permanent on line set 45
1 – Cream PVC
18.3 m wide x 8.5 m high (60’-0” x 27’-10”)

Back Drop - Black Velour (installed on line set 42)

4 – 5.2 m wide x 8.4 m high (17’-0” x 27’-6”)

Scrim

1 – Black shark tooth scrim, 56’w x 23’ h

Rigging

Single Purchase Counterweight Fly System

37 line sets. (11 have permanent use)
Operated from stage right at deck level.
Maximum pipe out trim: 14.8 m (48’-7”)

Capacities

Length of Pipes: 18.3 m (60’-0”)
Pipe Type: Schedule 40 - 1.5” (1.9”  OD)
Arbour Capacity:   590 kg (1300 lbs)

Any production rigging required from high steel must be advanced with Production Services.

No rigging from gridiron permitted.

NOTE: There are no rigging points downstage of the proscenium wall.

Audio

Additional charges apply for some items

Tour mix position at back of orchestra level, house right. ≈ 76’ back from Proscenium wall.

House table to bridge seat kills in Row U,V,W Seats 6,8,10,12,14,16. 150’ minimum snake run from SL.

Tour consoles patched directly to system processor. Left, Right & Sub inputs available.

House mix position: Installed in centre, at front of balcony.

FOH PA

Left & Right – Flown per side
3 – Meyer 900-LFC subs (top of array)
8 – Meyer Leopard Line array
1 – Meyer UPM-1P (down-fill)

Front Fill
4 – Meyer UP-4XP

Monitors

12 – EAW MW12 MicroWedge
2 – EAW SM200iH
4 – Crown iTech 5000HD Amp (4 mixes)
1 – EV Sb760 Subwoofer
2 – Meyer 650-R2 (Sidefill)
 2 – Meyer CQ-1 (Sidefill)

Monitor Console & Processing

1 – Midas H3000 56 (44 mono + 4 stereo)
6 – Klark DN370 Dual graphic equalizer
1 – Klark Square One Dynamics
1 – TC M-One XL 
12 – Crown iTech 5000HD Amplifiers

FOH Console & Playback – Front of Balcony

1 – Yamaha CL5 Digital Console
2 –  Yamaha Rio 3224-D2 Stage Racks
Fully redundant DANTE network (fiber and CAT6A) 
2 – Denon DN-C620 Single Pro CD Player

FOH Console & Playback – Control Booth

1 – Yamaha LS9-32 Digital Mixer
2 – Presonus Eris E4.5 Control Room Monitors
2 – Denon DN-300C MKII CD/Media Player (USB)

Patching

All house patch points terminate to ADC longframe patchbays in Control Booth. All points can patch to Booth LS9 and into DANTE network.

A photo of the installed Front of house mix position in balcony.

Installed FOH mix position in balcony.

Photo of the House monitor system which is available for rental.

House monitor system - available for rental.

Microphones and Dis

9 – Shure SM58
6 – Shure SM57
4 – Shure BETA 87A
1 – Shure BETA 91
1 – Shure Beta 52A
2 – Shure KSM32/CG
3 – AKG 414
1 – AKG D112
1 – EV RE20
2 – Beyer M160
2 – Neumann KMS 105
5 – Neumann KM-84i
3 – Neumann KM184
2 – Sennheiser e609S
3 – Sennheiser e904 with drum clip
2 – Sennheiser 504D with drum clip
4 – Sennheiser MD421
2 – Sennheiser MD441
4 – Crown PCC 160
2 – Apex 175 Shotgun
1 – Shure SM99 Podium mic
4 – BSS AR116 Active DI box
2 – BSS AR-133 Active DI box
2 – Radial J48 Active DI box
8 – Radial JDI Passive DI box
1 – Whirlwind PCDI DI box

Wireless

2 – Shure UHF-R UR4D Dual Receiver (H4 Band  518-578 MHz)
4 – Shure UR2/SM58 wireless handheld mics
2 – Shure UR1 wireless body pack transmitters with Shure WL184 lav mic or instrument cable.|
2 – Shure UA874WB antennas

Stands

12 – K&M 210/9 tall mic stand with boom – Black
12 – K&M 259 short mic stand with boom – Black
2 – K&M 260/1 round base straight mic stand - Black
1 – Atlas MS-20 with boom
13 – Atlas MS-12CE with boom
2 – Atlas MS25 with boom
8 – Atlas TS-8 Short stands with boom

Intercom System

WIRELESS

1 – Clearcom Freespeak II 1.9 GHz with 4 wireless belt packs

WIRED

1 – Clearcom MS702 base station (2 channel)
1 – Clearcom PM120A SM station (in booth) 
3 – Clearcom RS-601 belt packs (1 channel)
4 – HME WL742 Speaker stations (2 channel)
12 – Clearcom CC-95 headsets (single muff)

Assistive Listening System

Brahler MSI-8d IR Transmitter with IR Radiator

TOUR PRODUCTION POWER SOURCES – on stage

Lighting

LOCATION: Mid-stage left
CAPACITY: 400 Amp
PHASES: 3Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/208 volt, 60 Hz, 5 wire
CONNECTORS: Cam-Loc E1016 Female (no reversals on neutral or ground)

Audio

LOCATION: SL Proscenium Wall
CAPACITY: 200 Amp or 100 Amp
PHASES: 3Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/208 volt, 60 Hz, 5 wire
CONNECTORS: Cam-Loc E1016 Female (no reversals on neutral or ground)

Video/Motors

LOCATION: SR Proscenium Wall
CAPACITY: 60 Amp
PHASES: 3Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/208 volt, 60 Hz, 5 wire
CONNECTORS: Cam-Loc E1016 Female (no reversals on neutral or ground)

 

TOUR PRODUCTION POWER SOURCES – in Loading Dock

Lighting

LOCATION: Loading Dock A wall
CAPACITY: 400 Amp
PHASES: 3Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/208 volt, 60 Hz
CONNECTORS: Cam-Loc E1016 Female

Audio

LOCATION: Shore Power – Dock A
CAPACITY: 50 Amp
PHASES: 2Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/240 volt, 60 Hz
CONNECTORS: 14-50R

Video/Motors

LOCATION: Shore Power – Dock B
CAPACITY: 50 Amp
PHASES: 2Ø
VOLTAGE: 120/240 volt, 60 Hz
CONNECTORS: 14-50R

LIGHTING

The Mainstage is equipped with a pre-hung and coloured house lighting plot.

The house lighting plot must be restored at the production’s expense if any changes are made.

Contact us for the Mainstage house lighting plot.

Console

1 – ETC GIO (2048 outputs, eOS ver 2.9.0) with 2 x 20 Fader Wings and wireless NET3RFR remote

Dimmers

4 – ETC Sensor3  96 channel racks

All wired dimmer per circuit (2.4kW)

Circuits

354 – 20A Twistlock (NEMA L5-20)

Control Protocol :

ETC sACN/eDMX Network

Additional Gateways available.

Booms

8 – Custom booms  3.35 m (11’)

Floor Bases

8 – Black wooden floor bases

Hazer

2 – Ultratec Radiance Hazer with fan

Fogger

2 – Martin Jem ZR44

Followspots

2 – Strong Super Trooper II 2 kW XBO (installed at back of balcony HL & HR)

Mirror Ball

1 – 20” mirror ball with 1 RPM motor

Fixture Inventory

Total Inventory: 255 Used in Stock Plot: 190  Available: 65

ETC Source Four - 10° (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 4 Used in Stock Plot: 4  Available: 0

ETC Source Four - 14° (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 6  Used in Stock Plot: 6  Available: 0

ETC Source Four - 19° (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 36 Used in Stock Plot: 36  Available: 0

ETC Source Four - 26° (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 18 Used in Stock Plot: 18  Available: 0

ETC Source Four - 50° (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 11 Used in Stock Plot: 8  Available: 3

ETC Source Four - 15-30° Zoom
Total Inventory: 10 Used in Stock Plot: 10  Available: 0

Colortran 10° (FEL)
Total Inventory: 14 Used in Stock Plot: 8  Available: 6

Colortran 20° (FEL)
Total Inventory: 10 Used in Stock Plot: 4  Available: 6

Colortran 30° (FEL)
Total Inventory: 4 Used in Stock Plot: 0  Available: 4

Colortran 40° (FEL)
Total Inventory: 6  Used in Stock Plot: 0  Available: 6

Colortran Zoom-Ellipse (FEL)
Total Inventory: 2 Used in Stock Plot: 2  Available: 0

ETC S4 Fresnel (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 12 Used in Stock Plot: 12  Available: 0

Colortran 1k Fresnel (BTR)
Total Inventory: 28 Used in Stock Plot: 24  Available: 4

Strand 2K Fresnel (BVW)
Total Inventory: 12 Used in Stock Plot: 12  Available: 0

Colortran Far Cyc - 3 CELL (FDB)
Total Inventory: 7 Used in Stock Plot: 7  Available: 0

ETC Source Four – PAR (HPL750)
Total Inventory: 4 Used in Stock Plot: 4  Available: 0

PAR 64
Total Inventory: 67 Used in Stock Plot: 31  Available: 36

Martin MAC700 Profile
Total Inventory: 4 Used in Stock Plot: 4  Available: 0

For Focus:  Genie PLI-24 Personnel Lift 24’ (AC Powered)

NOTE: OH&S requires that lift platform must be lowered before moving.

VIDEO

No projector available

Projection Screen

1 – Draper Cinefold 4.88 m x 3.05 m  (16’-0” x 10’-0”) with Fast Fold flyable truss frame.

      Rear projection surface

Miscellaneous Equipment

Some of the following equipment is shared between Meridian Theatres Mainstage and the Studio Theatre.  Please inquire about availability with Production Services during show advance.

Pianos

(A=440, mandatory tuning required)

9’ Yamaha CFIII Concert Grand Piano
6’ Yamaha GS6 Grand Piano

Orchestra

72 – Black Orchestra Chairs (padded, no arms)
46 – Black Music Stands
41 – Music Stand Lights
1 – Conductor Podium 0.9m x 0.9m (3’x3’)

Audio Equipment

1 – Whirlwind PressPower2 Media Box
3 – Yamaha MS202II Monitor Speakers
2 – QSC K8 Powered Speakers

Lectern (Podium)

2 – Wood LecternPipe & Drape kit

Pipe & Drape kit

Risers

Black plywood lids on folding bases

5 – 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.15m (4’ x 8’ x 6”)
2 – 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.41m (4’ x 8’ x 16”)
6 – 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.46m (4’ x 8’ x 18”)
5 – 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.76m (4’ x 8’ x 30”)

Dance Floor

Rosco Reversible Black / Gray
5 Rolls – 1.6 m (5¼’) x 12 m (40’)

60 – Black Masonite 1.2m x 2.4m (4’ x 8’) sheet

Other Furniture

4 – Stools ~ 29” high
3 – Black Tables 6’ x 2’-6”
2 – Black Tables 6’ x 1’-6”

BACKSTAGE – floor plans available upon request

Greenroom

One floor up from stage level

Sofa, Chairs and Tables

Catering Kitchen

One floor up from stage level
(additional deposit required)

Stove top, Ovens, Coffee maker, Microwave, Fridge, Dishwasher

Dressing Rooms

Stage left hallway

2 – Private dressing rooms with dressing tables, mirrors, clothing racks, shower, toilet and sink.
4 – Large dressing rooms with dressing tables, mirrors, clothing racks.

Shared showers, toilets and sinks.

Wardrobe Room

End of dressing room hallway

One high efficiency (HE) washing machine and one dryer. Ironing boards and steamer available.

Loading Docks

2 – Indoor truck level docks. Can accommodate vehicles up to 22.8m (75’) in length. 50A shore power.

14 m (46’) push to Stage Left. All shows must load-in through the LOADING DOCK. 

Interior Loading Doors: Max. Height 2.7 m (8’ 10”) Max. Width 2.4 m (7’ 10”)

 

Parking

There is free parking in the main lot of Ben Franklin Place. Parking is not permitted along the loading dock access ramp. Dock access must remain clear.