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Technical Details

The chart below includes commonly requested equipment available in Shannon Hall and the Play Circle which incur costs. Further down the page is a list of inventory including a description and whether a cost applies for use. This is not an all-inclusive list. Please reach out to your event contact more information.

Equipment prices listed are per item per day, unless otherwise noted. You may bring in your own equipment, but we do not provide technology support for non-Theater equipment.

  External Groups & WI Union Members UW Departments, Government/State Registered Student Organizations (RSO)
Dance Floor, Black, Shannon Hall
Marley floor covering, primarily used for ballet or modern dance with thin shoes

$180.00 first day, $100.00 subsequent day(s) $135.00 first day, $75.00 subsequent day(s) $90.00 first day, $50.00 subsequent day(s)
Dance Floor, Black, Play Circle
Marley floor covering, primarily used for ballet or modern dance with thin shoes

$100.00 per day $75.00 per day $50.00 per day
Follow Spot
Shannon Hall only

$100 $75 $50

$80 $60 $40
Internet Connection, hardwired

$50 $30 $20
Microphone, Wireless
Four units available per theater. Choice of handheld or headset mic for each unit.
$100 $75 $50
Piano, Concert Grand

$250 $187.50 $125
Piano Tuning
(upon request)

$200 $200 $200
Projection Package, Shannon Hall

$250 $187.50 $125
Projection Package, Play Circle

$125 $93.75 $62.50
Sound System Input/Output
Cost for each item that is plugged into the sound system. Inputs include microphones, DI box, laptop, iPod, etc. Outputs include monitor feeds, audio feed to recording device, etc.

$12 $9 $6
Theater Tape
(cost per roll)

$23 $23 $23
70” LCD TV
Flatscreen TV on a rolling cart, often used for CART Captioning

$125 $75 $25

Price is the same in both Shannon Hall and Play Circle, unless otherwise noted.


Equipment List

    • No additional cost
    • (4) black 24” cubes
    • No additional cost
    • Black, padded, armless orchestra chairs readily available.
    • We have a small variety of other chairs with armrests. Please discuss needs with the technical director.

    rsz 1chairs

    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • There is a cost for the first day of use, and a smaller cost for additional days
    • Play Circle: Black or white, Harlequin reversible
    • Shannon Hall: Black, Harlequin Standfast
    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Requires additional labor cost to operate
    • (Shannon Hall only) - two Robert Juliat Super Korrigan 1200w HMI FollowSpots
    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Hazers - Reel EFX DF50 (2)
      • Creates an atmospheric effect that will basically put “liquid dust” (a fine mist) into the air to enhance lighting. It makes beams of light visible and is used in almost any large concert. These hazers use a food-grade mineral oil-based fluid. The effect is quiet, there is no smell, and the effect lasts a long time.
    • Fog - Martin Magnum 2000
      • Creates a low-lying cloud effect. This machine uses special fluid to create a heavy fog. It produces a visible cloud of smoke that runs along the ground and then rises. It does not last long, and disappears in about 30 seconds (per blast). The machines do make noise that the audience may be able to hear. The fog also has a slight smell. One machine can cover about 1/4th the stage for a brief time.
    • Possible Additional cost - see top of page
    • Fee charged for access to wired internet.
    • UWNet wireless is available for free all over campus.
    • No additional cost
    • Available only with permission from theater staff.
    • Washer and dryer located in the basement wardrobe room.
    • No additional cost
    • (3) lecterns available

    rsz lectern with dimensions

    • Additional cost - wired microphones count as “Sound System Input/Output” - see top of page
    • Inventory available upon request
    • No additional cost
    • Wenger Roughneck stands
    • LED stand lights can be used with AAA batteries or plugged in

    rsz music stand with light

    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • (2) Steinway D concert grands; one per venue
    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Piano tuning available with advanced request
    • Pianos are usually tuned one to four times per semester
    • No additional cost
    • Selection of Wenger StageTek platforms (4’x8’) with 8” legs, 16-28” legs, 12” Roll-a-Deck legs (on wheels). 4' squares and right triangle platforms are also available.
    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Wisconsin Union Theater video inventory available upon request.
    • Shannon Hall
      • Project onto the white cyc on the back wall of the stage
      • Project onto screen closer to the front of the stage
    • Play Circle
      • Projector is hung on a mount from the ceiling between the second and third electrics and projects onto the cyc at the back of the stage.
    • Macbooks often have proprietary connections and we do not carry adaptors. Please bring an HDMI adaptor with your computer.
    • No additional cost
    • The default position is in-place
    • Shannon Hall: (2) staircases from the outside aisles of Shannon Hall to the stage.  Please discuss your needs with the technical director
    • No additional cost

    5 Stool Options to Use at the Wisconsin Union Theater

    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Charge is for any channel into the sound console and any outputs. 
    • No additional cost
    • Selection of 6 and 8 foot folding tables (2’ deep, 30” tall), 2 wooden 24”x18” tables (32” tall), and a small variety of odd sizes.
    • Possible Additional cost - see top of page
    • Variety of colors and sizes. Theater tape is the only tape allowed on the stage floors.
    • Additional cost added for use with dance floor or large amounts of stage use.
    • Additional cost - see top of page
    • Shannon Hall - (4) Shure Axient series (G57 frequency) consisting of receiver/AD2 handheld transmitter with Beta58 head/AD1 Bodypack transmitter with head worn omni condenser mic
    • Play Circle - (4) Shure SLX series (G4 frequency) consisting of receiver/SLX2 handheld transmitter with SM58 head/SLX1 Bodypack transmitter with head worn omni condenser mic

Because of the limited storage room in the theater and the high volume of events in our spaces, we cannot store set pieces, costumes, or other items following your event. Please strike all items immediately following your show. A per day storage fee will be assessed for items left behind; unclaimed items will be discarded after 5 business days.

Script/Tech Chart:

You will need to provide our staff with either a script of your performance or a tech chart, so that we can facilitate your sound/lighting/video projection needs. The tech chart is a spreadsheet that we ask renters to fill out if their show has multiple parts or multiple groups performing. It can take the place of a script in terms of letting us know what is going to happen on stage and in what order. A tech chart will be provided after your production meeting for you to fill out.

Use of Open Flame:

Use of open flame on stage is strictly regulated and requires advance communication with the local fire department and additional trained staff on the stage crew. Groups that plan to light a candle, light a match, or use any other stage effects with an open flame must make arrangements at the time of contract signing (at least 2 weeks out). There is a fee for violating open flame protocols during an event.

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