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St. Francis H.S., Theater

Performing Arts Center

The Ormsby Theater in Alumni Hall at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs is arguably one of the best high school theaters in America. St. Francis High School has a long tradition of excellence in the performing arts. The administration wanted to provide a special environment for both celebration of the arts and when gathering as a school community. The design drew on the ancient amphitheater as a guiding element. The 800 seat auditorium provides unobstructed sight-lines from every seat. The thrust stage and full fly space allow for creative options in production, direction and set design. The full orchestra pit, accessed from the support spaces below the theater was incorporated in traditional fashion. The structure also houses changing, make up rooms, and classrooms for the performing arts and music.