Lutcher Theater

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Lutcher Theater
Address 707 Main Street
Orange, Texas
United States
Coordinates 30°05′30″N 93°44′09″W / 30.09159°N 93.73596°W / 30.09159; -93.73596Coordinates: 30°05′30″N 93°44′09″W / 30.09159°N 93.73596°W / 30.09159; -93.73596
Owner Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
Capacity 1,450
Opened 1980
Website
www.lutcher.org

Lutcher Theater is a privately owned, 1,450-seat, non-profit performing arts facility located at 707 Main Street in Orange, Texas.[1] It was built in 1980 and is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana, with annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children.[2]

Features[edit]

The six-story Lutcher Theater is the tallest building in downtown Orange. It has 1,450 seat accommodations, with 870 on the main level and 567 in the balcony. If necessary, the orchestra pit can be lowered to accommodate a 1,450-person audience. The stage itself is 45'W x 30'H x 35'10"T. The sound system is an EAW AX series system with left, right, and center clusters. The theater is handicap accessible and offers headphones for the hearing impaired.

Performances[edit]

Since its opening with Liberace in February 1980, the theater has hosted only the best in big name entertainment. It serves as a showplace for a range of performing arts productions, from traveling Broadway plays to musical groups to one-man acts.[3]

Notable performances include:

Educational programs[edit]

Lutcher Theater's Series for Kids is one of the largest Children's Performing Series in Texas and the largest kids’ series in the Southeast Texas area. Performances are given by National and International performing arts touring companies. The series includes popular children's shows such as Old Yeller and The Velveteen Rabbit. The performances are held during the week for students on field trips and even include a study guide so teachers can incorporate the shows into their lessons.

The Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation[edit]

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is a private foundation established in 1961 in Orange, Texas. It aims to improve the quality of life in Southeast Texas by encouraging, promoting, and assisting education, the arts, and health and human services. It carries out its mission through the Stark Museum of Art, the W. H. Stark House, Lutcher Theater, and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. These programs offer the community a rich resource for study and enjoyment of the arts, history, and nature.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts". Lutcher. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Orange's Lutcher Theater". ZVents. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lutcher Theater Season Package". Orange Leader. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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