Named after former music professor, composer, and Dean of Fine and Performing Arts Robert W. Marvel, this 369-seat, handicap-accessible proscenium theatre is one of the best-designed and best-equipped small theatres in upstate New York. Sightlines are excellent. A hydraulic orchestra pit can accommodate up to 43 musicians.
Marvel Theatre is the major performance space for the Department of Theatre and Dance, and is the home of the annual Playground Drama Camp. The annual Hillman Opera is often produced here, as is the annual concert by the Fredonia Dance Ensemble.
The proscenium is 40 feet wide and 28 feet high. The stage is 39 feet deep, and 10 feet of wing space exist on either side. The main playing area allows for trap doors to be installed as needed by any given produciton. The grid of the stage house is 58 feet above stage level and there are 48 single purchase counterweight line sets.
Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY 14063