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MENTONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Creative Arts Centre

Situated in downtown Mentone is a brand new cultural centre. Designed by Australian based Shook and Co and built against a backdrop of school grounds it houses a 500 seat theatre, individual performing arts classrooms, recital room and offices.

Shook and Co appointed GBH to provide specialist acoustic, theatre planning and technical systems design from concept to completion. Our engineers also provided concept designs for the building’s mechanical, electrical and structural elements.

INNOVATIVE ACCOUSTIC DESIGN

The centrepiece of the Creative Arts Centre is the spectacular Thoral – a 500 seat theatre and state of the art break out rehearsal rooms.  An array of innovative technologies enables the Hall to be truly dual-purpose. As a theatre, its large stage, half - height flytower and variable-sized wings and fully sized control box. When transformed to a traditional shoebox theatre, it can deliver world-class productions in a critically acclaimed acoustic. It is a rare breed: both theatre and concert hall, without compromise to the quality of either.

The original design plan was intended to be of a larger building, with a dress circle that was able to house 320 patrons

it was decided after many discussions that the rake of the current auditorium be of a 

large wide semi circle format. 

The walls of the theatre were designed to allow the acoustics to be of even control and all seating areas are fully audible throughout the venue. 

The parquetry flooring was decided as a means of being able to use it for corporate events and when the school musical is on to lay a masonite floor over the top to protect the parquetry. 

The Auditorium comprises of large curvature sound side wall baffles that allow the sound to be evenly distributed across the room. The extremely large control room allows

the technicians to able to spread out and have maximum area in sound, lighting, AV. The control room has ethernet, dmx points in all rooms throughout along with sound web for audio. The rooms off to the side allow for any other technical elements for touring parties or production personnel. 

The auditorium allows for the audience to feel comfortable whilst watching the 

performance. 

The team at Moving Light Productions

were brought on to oversee the lighting infrastructure in the theatre, giving the venue a state of 

the art look and technical feel. MLP in consultation with Richard Stewart decided upon a conventional lighting 

rig on FOH within the budget constraints and onstage a mixture of LED Pars along with LED Cycloroma batterns. The decision was also made of having a mixture of Source Four profiles, 1200watt fresnels that allows the technicians and lighting designers to create even mood and light. 

MENTONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Creative Arts Centre (Front)