Barrette Center for the Arts

intimacy

L to R Charlie Hudson, Brittany Bellizeare. Copyright 2016 Rob Strong

Welcome to our new home.

After almost exactly one year of construction beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 3, 2014, Northern Stage welcomed the public into our new home, The Barrette Center for the Arts, with a ribbon cutting and open house on October 10, 2015. With 17,000 gross square feet, our new home features:

  • An intimate, modern, and beautiful 240-seat theater with unobstructed sight-lines and no seat farther than 38 feet from the stage.
  • Bright and visible frontage will make our new home welcoming to patrons and bring new aesthetic vitality to White River Junction.
  • Ground floor access with a drop-off area and an easily accessible box office.
  • A spacious lobby with welcome amenities, including concessions, coat rooms, art from area galleries on the walls, and attractive and ample restroom facilities.
  • A thrust stage very much like our current stage at the Brigg’s Opera House.
  • A comfortable seating arrangement with wide seats, more than 3 feet between rows, and unobstructed views of the stage.
  • Modern facilities throughout the building including a hearing assistance system, an elevator to the second-floor lobby, and accessible seating in both the first row and the last row.
  • A flexible new rehearsal/classroom for actors and students to explore the craft of theater.
  • Increased ceiling heights will provide greater flexibility for dramatic use of lighting.
  • More backstage space and larger doors will allow designers full range of creativity and scope for imagination.
  • State-of-the-art acoustics and sound systems will ensure every word is heard.

Community members, staff and supporters write good wishes on the wall of the soon-to-be demolished Miller Auto Garage.

Groundbreaking 10-3-14: Community members, staff and supporters write good wishes on the wall of the soon-to-be demolished Miller Auto Garage.


Demolition begins: 10-4-14

Demolition begins: 10-4-14


Northern Stage 1 16 15

Construction Progress, 1-16- 15


Hard Hat Tour 5-15-15: Northern Stage volunteers take a Hard Hat Tour of the BCA .

Hard Hat Tour 5-15-15: Northern Stage volunteers take a Hard Hat Tour of the BCA .


Construction Progress 7-7-15. The Byrne Theater takes shape.

Construction Progress 7-7-15. The Byrne Theater takes shape.


September 2015: BCA at night

September 2015: BCA at Night. Copyright 2015 Carla Kimball.



Videos & Links about the BCA

Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the construction process.

Check out photos from the construction site by clicking here.

Click here to watch a video of construction progress as of January, 2015.

Click here  to watch a narrated animated tour of the Barrette Center for the Arts.