School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

College of Arts & Sciences

109 McCain Auditorium

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506

Mark A. Chapman Theatre

Coming to center stage: performance space at K-State gets an upgrade

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance takes center stage with the newly named Mark A. Chapman Theatre. The theatre, located in Nichols Hall, has served the campus as a premiere performance venue for students for nearly three decades. While the theatre continued to buzz with weekly performances, the lighting and sound systems lacked a well-maintained infrastructure. The last major rebuilding of the framework was completed and dedicated in 1985 and has slowly deteriorated over the years. Failing electronics and a glitchy control module made it difficult to maintain as the show must go on.

The generosity of K-State alumnus Mark A. Chapman contributed to the installation of new dimmer racks, including 192 dimmers and wiring to the system, as well as adding control circuits and relay panels to power and operate the newest LED and intelligent lighting fixtures in the theatre. New houselights and controls to the LED architectural fixtures also provide additional control options and ongoing energy savings to the theatre. These upgrades will enhance future theatrical performances, shining light on the talented students who take the stage.

Further enhancements to the theatre will be finished on July 1, 2014. The upgraded equipment will be used for the first time during the Manhattan Parks and Recreation youth musicals this summer.