The Grand Performing Arts Center At Gwinnett

Gwinnett features a Grand Arts Performing center that can pose as the envy of any other place. The performing center is unmatched when it comes to the creation of an engineering marvel for technological wizardry. It features state-of-the-art technology that will be the toast of the Gwinnett province for quite some time now. The facilities that it offers are almost at the level of what a Broadway playhouse would feature in its specifications. And believe it or not, this facility can be enjoyed by 700 spectators who will be witness to performances on a giant scale due to this center. Its clinching deal is its ability to mould itself to the kind of performances that it can host. From stage plays to audio-visual presentations to business meets, it can encompass all. Exhibitors need not get disheartened as the facility can also be used as a ground for exhibition conveniently. This is possible because of the footbridge that links the 139000 sq. Feet exhibition area with the performance ground. Therefore the stage is already set for product launches, trade shows and corporate conferences.

The center’s designers kept it in mind that the center had to be economical in its operations and efficient in its administration. To facilitate this, dressing rooms are kept at the stage level and the official spaces are located in their respective convenient places. A crowning glory of the Grand Arts Performing center is its collapsible acoustical orchestra shell. This is used in perfect combination with the draperies used for sound enhancing and the speaker system. The center boasts of a high end speaker system and therefore all this when used in conjunction produce a mind-boggling 18000 watts of power emanating from the stellar performances. It gives the sound an unmatched groove that the audiences will remember for a long time to come. The theater also has top class stage-house that enhances the performances greatly.

The counterweight line sets are manually operated and boast a capacity of 1500 pound each. The forestage lift serves a lot of functions. It might be an orchestra pit platform and also doubles up as a main level seating arrangement for 58. It can also be an extension for the stage or used as an elevator between the heights of the stage and the pit. This center has the perfect blend of technology and art that is clearly reflected in the design aspect of this performing center. The lighting design that is used in this stage can be handled by any seasoned lighting designers. The design aids the lighting staff as the lighting grid offers easy access from both above and below which makes it easier for the team. The carefully planned fly system adds in the performance as sets and designs can be changed easily from one to another. The sound and communication system has a great degree of flexibility that allows itself to play host to any performance that can be conceived of.

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is Atlanta’s premier venue for the visual and performing arts. It sets the standard for the arts in Atlanta and the Southeast. Located in midtown Atlanta, the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the 14th Street Theatre, and Young Audiences.

The Atlanta Symphony is one of the South’s leading orchestras. Under the musical direction of Robert Spano, the orchestra performs more than 200 concerts every year. Subscription series include Classical, Pops, Family, Holiday, and a Summer Concert series at Verizon Amphitheater. The Atlanta Symphony also has a Youth Orchestra and a talent development program for musically gifted Latino and African American students.

The Alliance Theatre is an award winning professional resident theatre. There are four or five productions on the main Alliance Stage each season as well as a holiday show, children’s show, and several productions on the smaller Hertz Stage. The Alliance Theatre helps launch the careers of young playwrights through the National Graduate Playwright Competition. The theatre provides a premier during the regular season for each year’s winner.

The High Museum of Art is one of the Southeast’s leading art museums. Its extensive permanent collection includes American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, European art, decorative arts, African art, photography, and contemporary and modern art. The High Museum showcases special exhibitions each year, and has partnered with some of the world’s finest art museums to bring exhibitions to Atlanta. Past collaborations have included partnerships with The British Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and a three year collaboration with the Louvre. The High Museum of Art is located adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center. The High is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-5pm, Thursdays from 10am-8pm, and Sundays from noon-5pm. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $11 for ages 6-17.

The 14th Street Playhouse is located a few blocks from the main Woodruff Arts Center campus at 173 14th Street NE. The three theatre complex consists of a main stage and two smaller venues. The venues are intimate, with good views from every seat. Parking for the playhouse is available at the Lanier Parking deck and across the street at Colony Square.

Young Audiences is part of the National Young Audiences organization and is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programs. It provides live arts programming for students from preschool to high school. Its programs include workshops and residencies in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.

The Woodruff Arts Center is located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Parking for all events is available in the Woodruff Arts Center parking garage. For those taking public transportation, the Arts Center MARTA Station is directly behind the Woodruff Arts Center.