Manatee Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts

Location: Bradenton, FL

Completed Date: January 2013

Project Type: Renovation

Application: Orchestra Pit SkyDeck™ Cover

Architect: Toppe Consultants, Inc.

Consultant: TCC

Construction Manager: NDC Construction Company

Manatee Performing Arts Center is a local performance center located in Bradenton, Florida. They have a three-year record of first place wins within the Florida Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference competitions. The Manatee Performing Arts Center is completely handicap accessible from stage, catwalks, light and sound control booth, and orchestra pit – making it one of a kind.

Manatee Players, Inc. approached IA Stage looking for a unique cover to their orchestra pit to ensure a zero fall hazard.  IA Stage manufactured and installed a SkyDeck™ system unique to the size and shape of Manatee’s orchestra pit.  The SkyDeck™ ensures that no performers fall into the pit while on stage, while the grid’s design allows all the sound and intensity of the musicians to fill the room from below.  A special hinge panel allows the conductor to stand, giving him an unimpeded line of site between the stage and the pit if required.



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