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Murray Arts Center

Equipped with technology that would rival even the most elaborate performing arts complexes in the world, the possibilities for growth in all areas of the arts are endless with the facility's rehearsal spaces, classrooms, audio and video equipment, and recording capabilities- just to name a few. Each space is condusive to enhancing the arts experience for MPCS students, families, and the community.

Kristi Lynn Theatre

The Kristi Lynn Theatre was named after the wife of Don Dozier, in memory of her and her love of the arts. The Kristi Lynn Theatre (KLT) contains a total number of 577 seats. There is not a bad seat in the house. The theater houses a spotlight booth in the upper rear of the theater with two control room options - one in the back of the main level and the other in the center of the house on the main level, equipped with state-of-the-art SSL digital audio consoles and a Grand MA lighting console. The stage is very versatile, offering a rear-projector and giant viewing screen for any lecture-based events, and even a flown orchestra shell to enhance the sound of instrumental or vocal performances.

The balcony includes two VIP boxes with adjoining VIP private lounges. Each box seats 14 guests. The mezzanine outside the balcony entrances provides a beautiful view of the Grand Lobby and a place for relaxing during intermission.


Studios

Three dance studios span the length of the main hall off the Grand Lobby. Each studio is equipped with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and floating "puck system" flooring designed with a little give and bounce to aid dancers. Between two of the studios is an observation room with one-way glass, enabling parents to watch lessons without being a distraction to the students.

The first floor of the Murray Arts Center can be easily split into three very distinct sections: choral, instrumental, and backstage. Though some of the larger rooms can double as performance spaces for small music recitals, the first floor is primarily dedicated to the art of education and rehearsing. Most of the spaces on the first floor are completely soundproof.

Ensemble rooms are "recorder ready," wired to record any rehearsal or recital that may take place, which can be controlled and mixed in each room's individual control panel or in the main studio. Most of the classroom spaces and larger rehearsal spaces are also equipped with built-in projectors and screens capable of playing anything from a DVD to PowerPoint displays for classroom instruction. Each room is equipped with an upright piano.


Black Box Theater

The Black Box Theater seats up to 150 people in either traditional seating style or "in the round." The flexibility of this space is endless, as all platforms and chairs "float" and can be arranged to suit the need of any smaller-scale theatrical or musical performance. Motorized shades on three giant windows in the Black Box Theater allow for a true blackout to enhance the lighting per performance. A set of men's and women's dressing rooms off the rear of the Black Box Theater complete this space, making the possibility to have two opposite performances in two theaters the same time completely attainable.


Grand Lobby

Linking the two theatre spaces together is the Grand Lobby. With its chess-board patterned Italian marble flooring, grand staircase, golden colored chandeliers, large floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized shades that overlook a veranda on the lake, this space can be used for a gathering place for patrons who attend a performance in either theatre space (as well as purchase tickets in the box office or refreshments in the concessions booth) or an intimate seated dinner event space. Completing the second floor is a full-sized and full-service caterer's kitchen, and a beautifully appointed Artist Reception Room. The third floor provides access to the KLT balcony seating, MAC administrative offices, the Murray Foundation Board Room, and the recording studio.


Murray SoundLab

The Murray SoundLab recording and video production facility is unlike any studio in the country, distinguished by an arsenal of technology. The focal point of the audio suite is the vintage 15' SSL XL 9080 K Series SuperAnalogue™ console, originally owned by NYC's well-known Hit Factory Recording Studio where it played an essential role in the recording of numerous Gold and Platinum records.

The studio also includes a video production suite and mixing suite with an SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System and two SSL C200 digital production consoles, providing the potential for highest quality recording, video, and DVD production. The space is able to record performers not only within the studio walls, but from every location in the Center.


Special Events Resevations

The Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School is available for rentals by non-profit organizations, commercial businesses, and other third party groups. If you would like to make a reservation for an event, please click here (for new Rental PDF) to learn more about the process.