Franklin Stage Company’s home, Chapel Hall, is a Greek Revival building constructed in the 1850s as part of the Delaware Literary Institute preparatory school. The building was later a Masonic hall from 1906–1996 and then was purchased as a home for the Franklin Stage Company. The theater space is the original chapel for the school, which was converted to a proscenium theater by the Masons who brought in road shows and also created and staged their own productions. The stage is a raised music-hall type proscenium onto which an apron has been added. The floor of the stage is hardwood, with the exception of apron which is plywood. On SR apron is a set of stairs into the audience space, and on the SL side is a door in the proscenium wall to the wing area. There is wing space of approximately 9’ on either side of the stage, which also contain staircases on eaither side down to the greenroom and can serve as a downstairs crossover area. There is a flyspace with 7 stationary battens.
140 total (120 permanent seating + 20 which can be added)
Wheelchair Accessible Seating
Wheelchair ramp affixed to the side of the building
Wireless Internet Connection
Raised Stage Height: 3’ 2” from floor of room
Proscenium Arch: 9’ from stage floor
Ceiling DS of Proscenium: 9’ 10” from stage floor
Ceiling US of Proscenium: 15’ from stage floor to battens
Apron Width: 32’
Proscenium Width: 20’
Stage Area Behind Proscenium: 38’-2”
Center Line to SR Wall 19’
Center Line to SL Wall 19’-2”
Stage Depth: Apron Depth: 8’-2”
Proscenium arch to back wall: 12’ 8”
Edge of apron to back wall (total depth of stage): 20’ 10”
Grid Height is 15’.
Operating gallery above the stage. Floor height 11’.
Space currently holds seven pipe battens, 1 ¼ " schedule 40 pipe.
Length of each is 22’.
Available positions for more pipe battens if needed, up to 11 total positions.
Capacity is 1760 lbs per batten.
Board: ETC ColorSource 40 Console
NSI NRD 8000- 3 x 1.2kW dimmers
All grounded edison connectors.
8 Circuits at FOH Pipe 1
8 Circuits at FOH Pipe 2
8 Circuits SL behind proscenium wall
(12) PAR56 575w
(14) Altman 6x9 Ellipsoidal 575w
(8) Altman 3.5Q Ellipsoidal 575w
(8) Altman 6” Fresnel 575w
(9) Altman Scoop
(4) Elation Sixpar 300 LED
(4) ETC ColorSource 25-50 Degree Zoom LED
Lighting Throw Distances to Curtain Line:
Projection booth- 75’
Box Booms- 50’
Orchestra Pipe- 8’
Performance Sound System:
FOH Console: Mackie 1202-VLZ3 12-Channel Mic/Line Mixer
(2) K12.2 12" 2000W K.2 Series Speakers - mounted SR and SL corners, near ceiling
(1) K10.2 10" 2000W K.2 Series Speaker - mounted under stage
(3) Clear Com wired system with 2-way belt packs & headsets
Green Room and Dressing Rooms
- 2 Dressing Rooms (approx 12’ x 15’ each) on second floor, not directly accessible to stage, which can each accommodate 6 performers. To access the stage, performers pass downstairs through lobby and basement to greenroom below stage
- Bathrooms (no shower) exist on 2nd floor, near dressing rooms and in basement near greenroom. The second floor also holds refrigerator, microwave, iron, steamer and costume shop
- Basement Green Room (10’ x 25’) is accessed via stairs from stage or through lobby and down stairs.
- Stage stair access, upstage right and upstage left
You can view and download our ground plans below: