1220 Howitt Street, Wendouree
The Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts is a splendid jewel in the crown for Ballarat, further enriching the cultural and artistic life of the city and Western Victoria.
This recently completed proscenium arched concert hall boasts an acoustically superior auditorium consisting of stalls seating and two balconies. The configuration of the seating allows unrestricted views from each of the 857 seats.
With 170 square metres of stage and an additional 60 square metres of wing space the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts is suitable for a huge range of functions. The stage is wide enough to accommodate a symphony orchestra, yet it can be made narrow enough to make even solo performers feel comfortable. This is done with the use of a unique pivot proscenium that can be opened or closed without affecting audience sightlines. Beyond the wings, on stage right, is a street level loading dock allowing single level stage access from street to stage.
Directly under the stage are pivoting walled dressing rooms which allow versatility in layout. The system enables conversion from a single open room into two, three or four smaller dressing rooms in a matter of minutes. An unhindered passageway allows stage access from dressing rooms to either side of the stage via stairs at either end.
The Centre has two spacious foyers, one on either side of the auditorium, on the same level as initial seating rows, making access to the venue easy. The Masterfoods Foyer, the larger of the two, has a fully equipped plating kitchen, licensed bar and box office. It also has the capabilities of seating, and catering for up to 120 people for a three course meal.
The Centre is suitable for a wide variety of events including intimate live theatre, acoustic concerts, comedy, orchestral concerts, ballet, public lectures, seminars, etc.
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