the new and top of the line equipment, it has completely changed my job. It has taught many people how complicated it is to run a production in a full-blown theater and how many behind the scenes jobs go into making it work. Productions can no longer be run by just a few people as they were before, and our capabilities are so much more than they ever had been. Take, for example, Peter Pan, which would have probably been close to impossible to pull off in the old Lamb Auditorium. All of the electronic equipment in the booth—the mixer, the lightboard, etc.—is digital, which is a fairly new concept, and gives the equipment so many new and interesting aspects of functionality that were nonexistent with analog equipment. This theater has completely changed the way Thacher productions work. Jedidiah Harris ’07 The new buildings on campus have accomplished the jobs for which they were built: to bring this community closer together in order to continue the voyage that Sherman Day Thacher embarked upon. Kaggie Orrick ’06 The Performing Arts Building has been a huge and wonderful addition to our School; we are finally able to work and perform in something that we have only dreamed about for the last few years is spectacular. Compared to the Auditorium we had before, the PAB is a palace. The dressing rooms, the loading dock, and the music practice rooms made Peter Pan that much better. The Commons is the building that Thacher should have built a long time ago. Before this building, different classes never hung out together; they only congregated near their respective dorms. Now we have Seniors and Freshmen playing Foosball, ping pong, and shooting pool together, which never happened my freshman and sophomore year. This integration of classes really makes a difference. The Commons is definitely the central location of the whole school. I can barely remember what it was like without it.
And from their teachers: Greg Haggard The new music rehearsal room is a joy and inspiration to work in. The acoustics allow students to hear each other with great clarity. The placement of the room and window as designed by Barton Phelps is magnificent. I The Thacher News
have had to stop class in order to encourage periods. We’ve even enhanced the program by students to look out the window at the view starting an en pointe class. And what a beauand the Valley. tiful space! I’ve never been in a dance studio with such a magnificent view, to say nothing of I love the arrangement of the theatre with the no more travelling to town to a rented studio, music and dance rooms behind it. It allowed nor taking down 200 auditorium chairs or for some very flexible rehearsing during the dancing outside in inclement weather. We have musical. The acoustics in the theatre are ex- a studio with room to create, a stage on which cellent. The pit allowed us to have a small to perform, and a real theatre—including a ensemble that didn’t drown out the singers. raked audience chamber—allowing for creThis is now a first-rate facility that will provide ative choreography. For me, it’s a dream come a great opportunity to the students in the per- true. For the musical, we actually rehearsed forming arts. The Chorus also enjoys singing the choreography for one song in the dance in the stairwell! studio, while another group learned a song in the music room and a third group ran through Under The Commons we have three music lines or blocked on stage. It all came together practice rooms and an electronic music studio/ beautifully! recording studio. Having the practice rooms double as recording rooms is a big plus. Claire Kendrick CdeP 1999 As I sit here in the new Sandy Jensen Performing Arts Building We have entered a new era looking at the stage from at Thacher. We may not the vantage point of the be getting any younger, as brand new tech booth, surin Peter Pan’s Neverland, rounded by state-of-the-art but we are growing in the equipment, I find myself articulation of the human reminiscing about the old Lamb Auditorium. spirit: The Performing Arts! Though Lamb will always have a dear place in This dialog continues from an incredible new my heart for having the notorious distinction stage revealing the imagination and talents that of being where I personally was first bit by the breathes within all Thacher students. theater bug, aside from the big dance space it provided and the marked absence of the scent Gallia Vickery of crowded, rain-dampened Assemblies that The new Performing Arts any student of the era will surely remember, I Building truly validates think the campus is managing without it. This the dance program. For is especially true when it comes to theatrical dance—perhaps more than bygones. Gone are the days of standing tipfor theatre or music, which toe on the top of a scaffolding some 20-odd had places for classes—we feet in the air to focus a light; the tech table, now have a space we can barely raised above the audience, crammed call our own. I can choreograph during free with techies straining to hear cues; the same periods; dancers can use the studio during free set of folding backdrops, used year after year with more layers of paint than can be counted; and the days of endless chair folding and unfolding. In its place, we have a tech booth with a clear view of the stage that has a monitor system piping in the sounds below, a genie lift to effortlessly bring someone up to a light to focus it, moving lights to control from the light board, and an entire fly system to bring the lights down to change, or a backdrop in to use for a show. As well, we find ourselves with offstage space that is larger than that of Lamb Auditorium, including separate dressing rooms for boys and girls so they don’t have to change in the alley beside the Admission Office! Overall, having a college-caliber theatre, complete with computer-controlled lighting and a digital sound system, as well as the manual systems still in use in the Outdoor Theatre, will give Thacher students the opportunity to experience both the old and the new, as Thacher itself does, offering both tradition and innovation.” e