Having one large, multi-hall venue will simplify the scheduling of musical performances. Previously, the scramble for space had TU groups booking venues including the Cascia Hall auditorium and Trinity Episcopal Church. At times, our existence has been fragmented and ad hoc. The Lorton Performance Center will collect us in a way that we have not been collected before. It will give us a definitive home, a consistent way to operate, and, of course, a tremendous sense of pride.
The relocation of TU’s film studies program to the Lorton Performance Center is a smart move that recognizes the close, day-to-day working relationships of composers and film-makers. The Lorton Performance Center, with its purpose-built spaces and systems, will give us the capacity to recruit even more exceptional students and present our very finest work to the public.
The orchestra pit beneath the Nan Jankowsky Performance Stage accommodates 33 musicians — twice as many as the existing Chapman Theatre, said Susan Barrett, Applied Associate Professor of Theatre. The stronger sound will be unmistakable — especially in big productions such as West Side Story. In addition, ample overhead fly space will allow actors to drop in from the skies — a previously impossible technique scheduled to make its TU debut in the fall 2011 production of Angels in America.