Viterbo University FAC Facilities

Fine Arts Center Technical Specifications

Viterbo University Fine Arts Center
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
Office: 608-796-3737 - FAX: 608-796-3736

Viterbo University is a Franciscan run institution located in La Crosse, Wis. Major highways into La Crosse are Interstate 90, and Hwy 53. Driving time is about 3 hours to Minneapolis, and about 2 3/4 hours to Madison, the state capital. Current enrollment is 1,700 students.

Contact Information • Staffing • Loading and Parking • Community Services • Carpentry • Drapery and Masking • Lighting • Sound • Dressing Rooms


The Fine Arts Center is staffed with primarily student labor. For larger events an I.A.T.S.E. Crew augments the staff. The Fine Arts Center is a Drug and Alcohol Free Work place. Smoking is prohibited inside all campus buildings.

Loading and Parking

Loading and Parking areas are on Jackson St., between 9th and 10th Streets. There is a loading door into the Scene Shop, which is a straight run onto main stage. There is a single space loading dock located on 9th Street. There is a dock leveler, but no ramp or forklift. Cargo, because of the parking lot configuration, is unloaded at 90 degrees to the door. Parking in the lot is by permit only - please convey your individual parking needs (bus, automobiles, trucks) ASAP. 208v shore power hookup is available.

Loading Door Size: approx. 10' x 10'

Community Services

Health Services

Franciscan Skemp Health Care
800 West Ave. South
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-782-9760 (walk-in clinic)
608-791-9720 (emergency medical services)

Walgreen Drug Store
900 West Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601
Open 24 hours

Dental Clinic
Gundersen Clinic
1836 South Ave
La Crosse, WI 54601

Hotel Recommendations

Courtyard by Marriott La Crosse
500 S. Front Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601


135 South 4th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
6:00 am to late

Perkins Restaurant
1411 Rose Street
La Crosse, WI 54603

1002 Jackson Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Dry Cleaning

One Hour Cleaners
1817 Jackson Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Grocery and pharmacy nearby.
Dry ice available with advance notice.


Auditorium and Seating 

The Auditorium consists of a Main Floor, with seating for 519, raked at 9" intervals. The First Balcony, with seats of 200, and the Second Balcony with 380 seats, were originally designed to be closed off sequentially by mechanically lowered ceiling panels. Wheel Chair seating is limited to 3 seats on the Main Floor and 5 seats in the lower balcony. Additional seating in the orchestra pit area adds 31 seats. 

Distance from Edge of Pit to row "A": 2'0"
Distance from Apron to row "AA": 8'1"

Basic Dimensions 

Width: 55'0" (adjustable with tormentors to min. 36')
Height: 30'0" (adjustable with teaser to min. 17')

Stage House
Curtain Line to Rear Wall: 32'
Curtain Line to Rear Wall (with Orchestra Shell in place): 34'10"
Curtain Line to Sky Drop: 30'
Working Depth with Ground Row: 25'-28'
Plaster Line to Curtain Line: 1'0"

Stage Floor
Material- End Grain Pine Laminate
Dark Brown Stain

Plaster Line to Downstage Trap Line: 3'9"
Overall Trap Dimensions: 20' Deep, 35" Width
Individual Trap Size: 4'x 7'
Number of Traps: 25
Lag Screws are NOT permitted

A 25'x 60' Black Marley Floor is available.

Apron Depth at Center Line: 4'6" to Plaster Line
Side Entrances: 5'0" (approx., moveable)

Stage Right: 10' to Lock Rail
Stage Left: 30' to Side Wall
Vertical Clearance from Stage to SL Wing: 19'

Gridiron Height: 63'
Gridiron Access: Circular Stair SL & SR
Maximum Height of Pipe above Stage: 60'
Loading Rail SR, Pin rail SL (24 feet above stage)

Drapery and Masking

Cranberry Velour Main Drape (flies only)
60' x 12' Black Grand Teaser
Black Hard Framed Tormentors
8- 8' x 29'6" Black Pleated Legs
8- 12'6" x 29'6" Black Flat Legs
4- 60' x 6' Black Flat Borders
1- 30' x 60' Gray Scrim
1- 30' x 66' Gray Sky drop, leno filled
1- 30x x 60' Black Scrim

24 Manual T-Track Counterweight Line Sets, max. arbor weight 900 lbs.
Total Available counterweight 10,000 lbs.
Pipes are 50' long

2 Double Batten
1 Bi-Batten (lineset #26)
1 Single Batten (lineset #31)

Locking Rail located SR
Alternate Rail located SR at 24' above deck.
Loading Bridge at grid height, SR
See attached line schedule for lines in use.
Optional side fill DS hanging position hanging points - Motors (chain down position) necessary for use

30' Electric Genie Personnel Lift

Hardware/Building Materials

Ace Hardware
4242 Mormon Coulee Road
La Crosse, WI 54601

223 Lang Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601


400 Amp 3 Phase Company Disconnect located SL
DMX interface for FOH circuits SL
Separate 100 Amp 3 Phase disconnect SL for Sound

Control Board: Obsession II

House Light Control from Light Booth and SR or SL
Work Light Control DSL & USR

Dimming System 3842.4k Strand Dimmer per circuit, CD80 Supervisor

Instrument Inventory (available inventory will vary due to Educational and other event needs)
24 1K Altman 6x16 Strand 20 degree
21 1K Altman 6x12 and Strand 30 degree
4 575w ETC Source 4 26 degree
30 1K Altman 6x9 and Strand 40 degree

10 550W Altman Shakespeare 12 Degree ERS
15 1K Kliegl 8" Fresnel
6 6' Fresnel
10 575w Strand SL4 15-36 degree Zoom
6 500W Century 14" Scoops
9 8', 4 Circuit Strip Lights
12 6', 4 Circuit Strip Lights
22 1K Par64
2 Altman Orbiter MARC 350-16T Follow Spots
2 High End Intellabearm
2 High End Technobeam (with optional wide angle lens)

Cable Inventory, all 20 Amp/2 Pin & Ground


ISOLATED POWER - 100 amp, 3 phase
(Sound System inventory will vary due to Educational and other event needs)

Enclosed Sound Booth with opening windows at rear of main floor, 63 feet from plaster line, under 11'6" overhang. EAW Control Booth Monitor System installed.

Company Sound Mix Position located between 1st and 2nd Balcony, SL of Center. This position requires approx. 100 feet of snake to reach DSL. There is elevator access to this position.

Monitor, Paging, and Assisted Listening System is available on prior arrangement, and will reach all dressing rooms, control spaces, and production areas.
Intercom Communication
Clear-Com Base Station
11 Belt Packs and Headsets
Outlets in Booth, Center of House, SL & SR, and Fly Gallery

Various Microphones including
4 Audio-Technica ATW 1031 VHF Hand held and Lapel
1 Shure Wireless Handheld and Lapel VHF
3 Crown PZM-30R
4 Crown PCC-160
2 AKG C-3000
5 Sure SM58
2 Shure SM57
2 Shure Beta 87A
2 Shure Beta 57A

House Sound
Mono Center Cluster and 3 rows of delay speakers in 2nd balcony
Main Cluster Speakers are EAW MH 660xDF & TD812
Delay speakers are JF80, JF60, and UB12’s.
Front fill speakers are JF80’s.
Power is Crest, controlled by Merlin processors.
(4) Stage monitor wedges EAW SM200.
House console is 32 ch. Soundcraft K2.
40 ch. Transformer isolated splitter located SL.
Telex FM Personal Assisted Listening System.
CD, Cassette Tape, and Minidisk Playback


Type: Hydraulic Elevator with stop at Stage, Seating, Orchestra, and Trap.
Speed: 9' Min. with full load
Maximum Load: Equal to 100lbs/Sq. Ft.
Approx. Area: 400 sq. ft.
Height above Auditorium Floor at Stage Level: 36"
Trap Room Level: 11'0" Below Stage
Can be stopped at any level between Stage and Trap, but cannot be moved during a performance.
Carpet available.

75 Music Stands (Manhasset Type)
40 Music Stand Lights
75 Orchestra Chairs

6- 4'x 8' x24" Wenger Platforms w/2 steps
6- 4'x 8' x 16" Wenger Platforms
6- 4' x 8' x 8" Wenger Platforms
Carpeted Choral Riser, 60 person
Wenger Series 61 Rollaway Choral Shell, 6 Sections
Full Orchestra Shell with Independent Lighting

Dressing Rooms

Star Dressing Room/Production Office - located off SR, on Stage Level; shower, toilet, sink, make-up table with mirror; 2 person capacity; ADA Accessible

Main Dressing Rooms - located one flight down

  • Room 1 and 2 - 4 person capacity each; shared shower and toilet; 9'x 10' each
  • Room 3 and 4 - 5 person capacity each; shared shower and toilet; 9'x 12' each
  • Room 5 (Men’s Chorus) - 21 person capacity; 2 showers, 2 toilets, 2 sinks adjacent; 10'x 35'
  • Room 6 (Women’s Chorus) - 25 person capacity; 2 showers, 3 toilets, 2 sinks adjacent; 9'x 35'

Make-up Area - 24 person capacity; 4 sinks; 9'x 64'


Contact Information

Mailing Address
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601

Street Address
929 Jackson Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
(Loading Dock Entrance is on 9th St.)

Michael Ranscht

Carter Martin
Director of Events and Operations

Chris Scheuermann
Production Coordinator

Jack Hamilton
Facility Technical Director

Jen Roberdeau
Director of Audience Services and Marketing 

Beth Franklin
Arts Education Coordinator

Marcia Brendum
Box Office Coordinator

Alyson Dahlquist
Administrative Assistant

Danita Doerre
Scheduling Assistant

Fine Arts Administrative Phone Numbers
608-796-3736 (fax)

Box Office (for ticket sales only)