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The DePietro Performance Center plays host to a number of exciting comedy events and original comedic works throughout the year. Stand-up comedy contests, satirical comedic revues lampooning life in and around Orange County and comedic plays by budding playwrights are only a few of the activities staged at the theater. In addition, the venue also serves as an intimate and exciting concert hall- that features up-and-coming established artists on a regular basis.
The DePietro main stage and backstage areas are both available to theater groups, production companies, and businesses or corporations for rental purposes.
- Sketch and improv comedy
- Satirical satirical revues
- Stand-up comedy
- Original comedic plays
- Original musical comedies
- Works in progress
- One-person shows
- Guest comedy groups
- Comedy showcases
- Country Rock
- Instrumental and vocal soloists
- Broadway medleys
- Choir groups
- Award presentations
- Training programs
- Special Events
- Corporate Industrials
The DePietro Performance Center is used for major but intimate events. A small backstage theater space is available for classes, rehearsals, and workshops.
The theater offers a contemporary, dramatic and intimate 78-seat facility; perfect for many performance uses. Though the theater was built as a home for the Orange County Crazies, the county's premiere sketch and Improvisational comedy production company and its school, it also is the perfect venue for original plays - both comedic and dramatic - and musical concerts.
This theater has a variety of events sponsored by the DePietro Performance Center weekly; however, it also rents the facility to local theater groups, musical production companies, and others who wish to stage productions in a comfortable yet elegant setting.
The stage, measuring two-feet high, 30-feet wide and 15-feet deep, offers a double door "false" wall - for easy actor access - while also providing plenty of room for sets and scenery. A decorative color-scheme of block, rust, and wheat, accent the seating area to give the room a relaxed and contemporary feel. Adding to the classic yet cozy motif of the theater interior is an entire wall of natural red brick. Open ceilings, washed in block, and perfectly-placed tiered seating - six rows in all - promise wonderful site-lines from any seat in the house. Seating design is plush with deep-cushioned black velvet-covered chairs all of which have been specially laid out to offer theater-goers more legroom than they could ever find at any other similar venue. Heavy velvet curtains held gracefully with gold woven rope-ties, adorn three separate entrance/exits, all of which lead to an open, free-flowing lobby area. A refreshment counter offers beverages and snacks before the show and during intermission.
The theater is used for sketch, improvisation, and stand-up comedy; musical concerts, (from jazz to classical); and original plays. Patrons who frequent the theater all agree that their experience there is exciting, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable.
The "Backstage" theater space, which offers raked seating for 18 and a tiered stage, is perfect for recitals, readings, classroom activity and auditions. The "Backstage" also serves as the lounge and waiting area for actors, waiting for their cues to take to the stage. Immediately adjacent to the "Backstage" are two privacy -oriented dressing rooms with built-in tables, make-up mirrors and seating for ten cast members. Just off the dressing room area is a large costume bay.
Both performance spaces at the DePietro Performance Center lend themselves well to the varied uses of the eclectic performing arts community. Groups who rent the facility for the night as their own to stage special events and private parties are assisted by an energetic and courteous staff that arrange everything from special technical requirements to food catering.
The DePietro Performance Center also serves as a prime location for many corporate needs. Whether it's a dress rehearsal for that upcoming trade show; a classroom space for seminars, a presentation before that important client, or a company awards ceremony or get together, the theater is the perfect multi-purpose facility. The small "Backstage" area serves as a great workout space for everything from a small group rehearsal to a one-on-one consulting session on how to put the appropriate speech content together. In addition to a variety of ExecuProv workshops, many companies and ExecuProv clients rent the facility for the following purposes.
- Training seminars
- Ongoing workshops
- Sales Meetings Lectures and forums
- Private parties
- Stockholder Meetings
- Formal presentations
- Company performances
The DePietro Performance Center, with its two theater spaces, is the perfect venue for corporate training. ExecuProv, a company that trains business professionals in presentation and communication skills, uses the Performance Center as its primary training facility. Other companies and corporations are invited to take advantage of the two theater spaces and private-videotaping room, as well, for training, rehearsals, company shows and performances, private parties, and award presentations.
The "Backstage" theater facility is often used by the business community for more informal corporate needs, such as run-through rehearsals and small workshops.
The main stage at the DePietro Performance Center offers a brightly lit atmosphere for seminars and workshops or a subdued theatrical venue much like a corporate executive might experience during a “lights-out” speech or presentation. A five-foot projection screen descends readily from a hidden valance offering easy-to-view PowerPoint visuals and slides. Two large screen televisions are inset, stage left and right, to provide video support for events that require video and DVD needs. An oak lectern, chairs, a mock-dais and other amenities are also available when the theater doubles as a work-space, in order to simulate the arena often used during more formal speeches and presentations. Full lighting capability including a lighting design of sixteen separate patterns, dimmers, and a follow-spotlight are offered in addition to sound capabilities with VHS, DVD and CD players, state of the art microphones and strategically placed speaker systems. A highly professional production crew, video and audio experts, TelePrompter operators, and others are available upon request. The front-office staff can arrange for all needed crew and for food and beverage catering as well. All of these features make the DePietro Performance Center an ideal venue for full-blown company dress rehearsals or for actual corporate presentations, seminars, company performances, fundraisers, stockholder meetings and award programs.
The highly-private videotaping room is equipped with camera and video monitor, and a comfortable desk arrangement, to assure those who come to the Center for private coaching needs, an appropriately secluded environment.
The Center also offers executives a large conference room on an as-needed basis for private meetings, and small, less formal presentations.
The DePietro Performance Center, the Backstage work space, and the other related spaces at the training facility may be rented for weekday and weeknight purposes, and also reserved for special occasion needs on weekends, as well.