NAPA – setting the record straight with facts.
Port of Spain, Trinidad
NAPA – Setting the record straight with facts.
Inter-disciplinary performance was the key factor in fitting out this academy, which has no equal in the Caribbean. The moving stage is designed to accommodate the quick movement of steel bands, orchestras, theatre performers and sets. The wood floor design facilitates dancing and high-impact performances, cushioning dancers to an extent that meets all expectations of a multi-use surface.
The performance space and seating capacity are considered well in line with benchmark venues of this nature – world-wide.
At NAPA there are spaces conducive to the layout of “black box” theatres, and it is left to the end-user to make decision as to the final use of each room.
The academy rooms are sound-proofed and the three multi-functional rooms are acoustically designed, stage lit and include small stage areas. These facilities are all considered useful for a variety of performing arts, based on the requisite needs of a teaching academy.
Rooms intended for dance instruction are fully equipped with appropriate vinyl flooring, and standard apparatus.
While there is not a specific outdoor amphitheatre, there are ample outdoor spaces and venues for potential outdoor productions. In a creative environment such as an academy for young artistes, we see every opportunity for students to pursue their artistic vision throughout the NAPA space.
World-class experts from outside contractors consulted on the sound and lighting installations and found them to be more than sufficient for a teaching environment. The equipment installed is intended to provide high-quality performance capabilities and a spring-board teaching environment.
All the components are in place to configure sound and light fixtures as needed. There is capacity to add even more stage-related elements depending on requirements of the user.
The “back of the house” area of the main theatre stage is replete with all standard elements. There are dozens of dressing and costuming spaces with lighting and facilities. Showers, clothing storage and restrooms are easily accessible back stage and on all levels of the facility.
Construction space and storage are designed for students to learn all aspects of performance production. The spaces are more than ample, as evidenced by the Brian MacFarlane CHOGM production, Dance Meh Lover and Chinese Ballet productions.
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