Built in 2014 and fully funded by gifts from more than 400 families as part of the $7.4 million Building Bright Futures Campaign, the 11,486 square-foot Cannon Performing Arts Center (CPAC) was designed as both a performance space and a gathering spot for the entire Cannon community. It can accommodate not only shows but also speakers, parent town halls, student meetings, and potentially many other future community events. It features a floor that is flat instead of sloped so that it can host dances, dinners, and exhibits.

Seating
  • Cannon Performing Arts Center can accommodate 450 seats. These seats are moveable and can therefore be reconfigured to suit the needs of each individual event.
  • The theater itself was designed to position the audience as close as possible to the Leck Family Performing Arts stage, creating an intimate setting for music, drama, or speaking events.
  • The stage in the CPAC is a "thrust stage," or one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end. It curves outward to further engage the audience, allowing for a fan-shape seating arrangement.
  • The stage was raised to a height of forty-two inches so everyone has a good view.
  • The stage is accessible from a ramp behind the stage which also serves as a backstage corridor for actors to get to either stage right or stage left while a performance is in progress. There is also a "lift" at the front of the stage for accessibility.
  • Over the stage is a structural grid system that allows for changing theatrical sets or for re-configuring curtains for different events.
  • The stage is hardwood, although it may not appear so at first glance since it is painted black to facilitate lighting and staging. The wood floor allows for the construction of multiple sets, which can be securely anchored for safety reasons. Boom speakers are tucked underneath the stage, which can be used to project sound. This is especially helpful with special effects.
  • A catwalk lives above the stage, allowing a secondary structure to handle special staging effects. It also gives students the ability to assist on rigging lighting for different stage events.
  • The stage can accommodate 100 people for an event. It can also act as a classroom. In addition, two more classrooms can be positioned to face the rear of the theater, so three classes can actually meet at that same time.
  • When you look upward in CPAC, you will see curved "clouds," positioned in two different directions. These are strategically designed to assist in the distribution of sound to all points in the theater. One series of clouds sends sounds to the rear of the theater and the other sends sounds to the sides. This allows all audience members to clearly hear the speaker, music, or actors.
  • Angled wood panels positioned on the side and rear walls of the theater also help to distribute sound.
  • Fabric-wrapped acoustical panels "trap" sound so that it does not echo.
  • We have a state-of-the-art AV system which includes a control room at the rear of the theater. Computer systems were specifically designed for students to assist in the technical side of productions. There is also a projector and screen for video events, movies, and drama effects.
  • The light-filled Campbell Gallery greets you when you enter CPAC. This space is used for art exhibitions, as well as a gathering space for events.
  • The gallery accommodates 104 people for a dinner at eight-seat round tables.
  • The gallery has the ability to serve as overflow space for the theater, since any event can be broadcast from the theater to the foyer.

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779