Technical Specifications


Technical Specifications

Updated 02/13/2024

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COVID-19 Guidelines

A Message from the Wilson Center Regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of Cape Fear Community College’s faculty, staff, students, and guests is our highest priority.

Cape Fear Community College’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic were written with the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to all of our campuses in mind. Our primary goal is to continue the College’s vital mission of education and workforce training while providing safe and secure facilities.

This plan provides general guidelines to enable Cape Fear Community College to safely operate following guidance from the state of North Carolina and current restrictions outlined on As the nature of the pandemic continues to change, these guidelines will be updated. Changes to this addendum can occur at any time. The latest addendum must be signed before your event and will supersede any previously signed addendums.

For in-depth safety measures and CFCC campus guidelines, please visit

Safety Protocols

A. Attending and hosting public events carries certain risks and, by accepting this, you for yourself and your guests, invitees, agents, and contractors, waive, discharge, and release from any liability and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Cape Fear Community College, its officers, staff, employees, volunteers, and vendors, in case of any illness or injury to your person or party.

B. All Wilson Center staff and volunteers are required to provide the Wilson Center with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR/rapid antigen (no at-home) test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of their shift. This is monitored and collected by the Wilson Center and Cape Fear Community College. Venue can provide an attestation that staff and volunteers meet these requirements upon request, but will not provide any private personnel information to the Tour/Renter.

C. All staff, crew, volunteers, performers, guests, audience members, and vendors are required to wear a mask or facial covering when in any of the Wilson Center and Cape Fear Community College facilities.

D. Tour/Renter is responsible for determining vaccination and/or test requirements for Tour/Renter staff, performers, and guests of the event. Venue will support Tour/Renter with enforcing these requirements; additional fees may occur to provide necessary staffing, signage, etc.

E. To protect the health and safety of CFCC employees, students and volunteers, the Venue retains the right to determine and implement any and all safety measures for guests of the performance which they deem necessary in accordance with industry standards and the state of North Carolina guidelines and restrictions. For the latest information regarding guidelines for guests returning to the Center, visit

F. Venue reserves the right to implement clear social distancing guidelines by use of visual cues, signage, and verbal instructions, and by limiting capacity in all Performance Hall, Lobby, Technical or Backstage areas as needed. A specific plan must be solidified in production meetings/advance to accommodate your group, with the safety of all as the utmost priority.

G. Any persons permitted backstage must be agreed upon and approved in advance. No other persons are permitted backstage. All approved backstage parties should stay in their designated areas unless absolutely necessary.

H. Follow the NCDHHS guidance on the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a mask. Care should be taken when putting on/removing a face mask. Wash your hands before and after using a mask. Avoid touching your face and make sure to position it securely over your mouth and nose.
  • Wait 6ft – maintain recommended physical distancing (6 feet or more) from others at all times.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, please use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

I. Performer, staff, and crew entrances will be one way and limited to only one entrance. If/when implemented, temperature checks and a self-health assessment will be done at this location. Please do not enter the Wilson Center if you are displaying any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

J. The time between performances and rehearsals will be dictated by the Venue and will be determined in order to allow the Venue to strictly adhere to best practices for disinfecting.

Performance Hall Capacity

Capacity By Level
Pit Seating55
Grand Tier350
Box Seating68
Total Capacity1557


Overall Stage Dimensions40’-10” deep x 87’ 6” wide
Proscenium Opening49’-0”w x 30’-0”h
Plaster Line to Upstage Wall (Depth)40’-0”
Plaster Line to Last Line Set38’-4”
Plaster Line to Apron Edge (DS Pit)9′-0″
Stage Width (excl fly rail)88’-6”
Center Line to Stage Left Wall42’-8”
Center Line to Stage Right Wall45’-10”
Stage Right Wing Dimension20′ wide
Stage Left Wing Dimension14′ wide
Shell Storage13’-0” deep x 21’-8” wide
Grid Height70’-0”
Orchestra Pit

The orchestra pit is fitted with a Gala Systems Spiralift-Driven Lift. Pit platform is 10’-9” deep at center arcing to 3’-6” at ends x 51’-3” wide. When platform is at pit level, the orchestra pit is 16’-0” deep x 41’-3” wide. Orchestra pit is adjustable to all heights between pit level and stage level. Pit Level is 8’-6” below Stage Level.

Floor Construction

Sprung, dark grey 3/8” Stageboard (HDPE2) surface over two (2) layers of 5/8” plywood on Robbins Bio-Channel Classic sleepers with integral stop blocks (18” centers).

Orchestra Shell

Wenger DIVA tower and ceiling system. Ten (10) @ 12’ wide x 30’ tall towers, and three (3) @ 12’ deep ceiling panels with integrated lighting. Towers include flip-down reflectors at 18’ designed to bring some sound energy back to orchestra. Largest effective usable area within shell is approximately 54’ wide x 36’ deep (from plaster line).

Loading Dock

Covered enclosed loading dock can accommodate two (2) 53’ trailers at a time. Loading dock doors cannot be closed unless the trailer is less than 45’ long. Trailers back up onto 1 foot high ramps. Center of rear trailer axles should be set to 8’ from rear of trailer to avoid striking overhead HVAC ducting. Both docks have a 6’ mechanical leveler. Two trucks can be unloaded at once. ICC bar dock locks secure trailers when uncoupled from tractors.

Two (2) roll-up doors 10’ wide x 10’ high lead from loading dock, into a 48’ long x 30’ wide storage/staging area, to one (1) 16’ wide x 20’ high roll-up door onto the upstage right portion of the stage. Total distance from truck to stage is approximately 30’ – 40’.

Seating Chart

Dressing & Auxiliary Rooms

Star Dressing Rooms

Two (2) 4-person or star dressing rooms with dedicated toilets, sinks and

Choral Dressing Rooms

Three (3) 14-person chorus dressing rooms with dedicated sink. Rooms share two
(2) restroom facilities on common corridor, each with 4 sinks, toilets, and shower.

Green Room

One (1) 470 sq ft green room with small kitchenette located off of dressing room corridor backstage.


One (1) 400 sq ft wardrobe / laundry room with two each washers and dryers, and laundry sink.


Rigging System

Rigging system consists of 49 single purchase counterweight line sets with Schedule 40 1.5” 66’ long battens, each with 4’ batten extensions. Lineset capacity is 1650# each. Arbors are loaded at the Loading Bridge at grid height or Midbridge at 35’ over stage height. Locking rail is located stage left. There is a Midbridge also located stage right 35’ over stage with a 40 position pin rail for cable picks


Grid is comprised of 1” x 3” C channel laid leg down over I beams with a 3” gap between each channel

Grid Pipe: (20) pieces of 4” Schedule 80 steel pipe, 3’-0” long each.

Front of House Rigging Positions

There are (4) 12” I beams accessible through trap doors in the low catwalk subway grate to accommodate front of house truss hanging positions. I beams run parallel to the center line and are located at 7’-0” Stage Left and Stage Right of Center and 21’-0” Stage Left and Stage Right of Center, 42’-0” above the stage floor. Beams are 12’-0” long and begin 4’-0” from the Plaster Line.

Lineset Schedule

2 – 64’ X 30’ Black sharkstooth scrim are available. Please contact Technical Director for more information.

Electrics/Lighting System


Available Lighting Power consists of two (2), 400A Company Switches located at Stage Right to accommodate dimming and power distribution devices for touring applications. Each Company Switch has a connection chamber with shunt-trip access door, and utilizes cam-lock type connectors made up of A phase, B Phase, C Phase, Neutral, Neutral, and Reverse Ground.

Installed Performance Dimming and Controls

The Performance Dimming and Controls system is comprised four (4) Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) Sensor3 Dimmer Racks, and one (1) ETC Sensor SineWave rack. In addition, there are (2) 40-circuit Lyntec RPC DMX-Controlled Relay panels are hardwired to various locations in the theatre.

Circuit distribution is a mix of 6-circuit Veam/Socapex 19-pin connectors and single circuit 20A Stagepin connectors on outlet boxes and connector strips. (408) Performance Circuits are available for 120v dimmed loads. (30) Performance circuits are hard-wired DMX Controlled relays.

The control system is a network-based system, utilizing ETC Net3/ACN, RDM, and DMX. Portable ACN Gateways may be plugged into any available lighting network port location, allowing conversion of ACN to DMX. The network is capable of powering IEEE 802.3 standard compliant “Power Over Ethernet” Devices (P.O.E.)

Circuit Schedule
  • 1-48: Onstage Wall Boxes
  • 49-85: 1st Electric (Hard Electric w/ Connector Strip)
  • 86-205: Onstage Gallery Catwalks
  • 206-229: Tormentors/Box Booms
  • 230-343: FOH Catwalks
  • 344-377: Balcony Rails/Under Balcony Ceiling Slot
  • 377-384: Orchestra Pit
  • 385-408: Orchestra Shell (Sine Wave Dimmers)
  • 409-438: Dimmable House Lights
  • 439-467: Hard Wired Relays
  • 468-Above: Control Switchable and DMX-Dimmable Architectural Lighting
Gels and Templates

Wilson Center does not provide color gels or lighting templates (gobos). We can provide them at cost.

Advance notice of at least three weeks is necessary to ensure delivery.

Performance Lighting Fixtures and Accessories

Sound & Communications System


Sound power is an isolated ground / isolated power system with Orange colored convenience outlets throughout the facility. In addition, a 200a isolated ground company switch (fed from the same panel) can be found downstage left.

Consoles and Snakes
  • 1-Yamaha M7CL-48ES with a meter bridge and 3 portable 18×8 stage boxes.
  • 1-Yamaha QL5
  • 1-Yamaha YHM-RIO3224-D2 High Performance I/O Rack with 32 Analog inputs and 8
  • Digital Outputs
  • 2-Yamaha YMH-RIO1606-D2 High Performance I/O Rack with 16 Analog Inputs and 8
  • Digital Outputs
  • 1-48X18 Splitter with Transformers
  • 2-20’ W4 to FAN (Monitor Split)
  • 2-30’ W4 to FAN _FOH Split)
  • 2-75’ 16 channel drop snake

Touring consoles may be plugged into house PA at house mix or down left. All audio snakes must be run through conduit.


The house DSP takes main speaker feeds and relay feeds, processes them, and feeds them to house speaker positions, including fill and delay speakers. This signal may also be routed to the relay system and the ALS system.


House speakers are powered speakers, so there are no amplifiers.


The house system consists of:

  • JBL Vertec VT4887ADP-DA Powered Compact 3-Way Line Array. 12 boxes per side
  • JBL VT4880ADP-DA Powered Fullsize 2-18” Subwoofers. 2 boxes per side.
  • A center line array of (4) Renkus Heins CF101LA-52R speakers digitally fed
  • from the DSP
  • (6) JBL VP7212MDP Powered 12” 2-way Stage Monitors
  • (7) Turbosound TFM122M-AN 12” 2-Way Stage Monitors
Intercom/Stage Managers Console

The intercom system is a 4 channel party-line system.

  • (16) Single channel belt packs and headsets are provided. There are remote stations at both stage manager’s consoles (onstage and one portable for control booth or tech table).
  • Wall stations are provided at house management locations.
  • (6) Portable cue lights are provided.
Assisted Listening System

Listen 72 mhz FM System with (58) headset receivers and (12) induction loop receivers. This system is equalized and compressed in the DSP and fed the same source as backstage relay signal.

Backstage Relay and Paging

The backstage relay signal may be fed from a dedicated signal from the house console, a dedicated feed from a touring console, from the Left, center and right channels feeding the main speakers or from dedicated monitor microphones.

This signal if fed via 70v distribution to dressing rooms, backstage areas, the lobby and the control booth.

The stage manager may individually select and page the house, backstage or the lobby via their intercom headset. This page overrides the volume controls in the dressing rooms.

Sound Equipment

Control Booth & Mix Position

Mix Position

A house mix position is located just behind the cross-aisle approximately 65’ from the front of the stage. The position is just forward of the balcony. The size of this area is 9’0” deep x 15’0” wide. Cables from stage pass under house through the plenum to a trap door in the house right rear corner of this area.

Video Equipment

3- Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorders
1-Black-Magic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K S
1-Atmos 19” On-Set Monitor-Recorder 4KP60 HDR
3-Atmos Ninja V-5” Pro-Res Raw Recorder
3-Small HD 5” Touchscreen Outdoor 800 NIT Moni
3- Vaddio Roboshot 40 Remote Control Cameras
1- Vaddio PCC Premier PTZ Camera Controller



Barco RLM W14 14,000 Lumen Projector
Barco 0.67 HD/0.73 HB Lens Kit
Barco 4.1-6.9 HD/4.55-7.3 SXGA+ Lens Kit

24’ x 13.5’ Front and Rear Projector
(2) Epson Pro L1505UHNL WUXGA 3LCD 12,000 Lumen Laser Projector
(2) Epson Long Throw Zoom Lens
(2) 150” 16:9 Format Projection Screen

Video Systems

A Crestron Digital Media system provides transport of video throughout the theatre. Signals are converted from their native format (including S Video, RGB Component, Composite, HDMI, DVI, and Displayport) for projection in HDMI. Sources: Blu-Ray / DVD Player, (2) computer interfaces.

Orchestra & Dance Equipment


To Loading Dock

From I-40 take Martin Luther King Jr Dr. toward downtown. Continue on to 3rd Street toward downtown. Take a right on Brunswick St. Take the next left on 2nd St. the loading dock will be on the right.



There is accommodation for (1) tour bus in the loading dock. Passenger side pullouts cannot be utilized if the bus parks nose-first in the dock. Driver-side pullouts may or may not be deployed depending upon bus configuration. There is (1) 60 amp 3 Phase disconnect in the loading dock. There is (1) freshwater spigot available. There are no dump stations. Buses may not idle while parked in the loading dock.

There is a Bus Parking Zone located on the east side of 2nd Street that can accommodate (2) tour buses. There is no shore power for these buses. All vehicles should park in the correct facing direction when parked in the Bus Parking Zone. Buses may not deploy slideouts on the driver’s side when parked in the Bus Parking Zone. Buses may deploy passenger side slideouts in between the trees if possible, depending upon bus configuration.

There is no overnight parking allowed for buses or tractor-trailers in the loading dock

Oversized Vehicle Holding/Overflow Lot

Advanced arrangements for oversized parking should be made prior to arrival. City ordinances do not allow for tractor-trailer or bus parking on the street and there is no secure parking available on site for tractor trailers or multiple busses. Please contact the Technical Director for more information. There is no overnight parking allowed in the loading dock.

Two tractor-trailers may remain in the dock after unloading if they will not be staying overnight. All other tractor-trailers should proceed to either the Overflow Lot or to the Truck Stop.

Directions to Overflow Parking (906 Fanning St)

Turn left and take immediate right onto Hanover. Turn left onto Front Street and left onto Red Cross Street. Follow Red Cross and turn left on Tenth Street, then left on Fanning Street—lot will be mid-block on the right. Please park to the right of the awning (14’ clearance).

Directions to the Truck Stop

Turn right out of the loading dock and take a right turn onto Brunswick Street. Take a left turn onto 3rd Street. Proceed ½ mile and make a left onto US 421 North. Cross over the Cape Fear River on the Isabella Holmes Bridge. Make a right turn at the first light and the truck stop will be on your right.

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