Little Red Hen Theatre

Wakefield, NE

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Little Red Hen Theatre

In 1992, the Little Red Hen Theatre opened its doors to the community of Wakefield Nebraska as a space for community theatre productions.

Location

Wakefield, NE

Project Date

2003

Additional Info

In 1992, the Little Red Hen Theatre opened its doors to the community of Wakefield Nebraska as a space for community theatre productions as well as a meeting space for other community groups.  In 2003, Berggren Architects was called upon to look at a sagging floor in the building, and after investigation the floor was deemed unsalvageable; in fact the amount of excessive mold and asbestos and the cost of remediation led to the recommendation to demolish and reconstruct. This opened the door to the design of a new “black box” theatre, complete with a small shop space, green room, audience services and an office for the executive director.

Berggren Architects’ goal in the design of this building was to minimize the visual impact on Main Street, while designing a 50’ by 50’ by 24’ high space for theatrical productions, as well as meetings, and other needs of the community. The space needed to accommodate an audience of 140, and have modern theatrical lighting and sound reinforcement.

We accomplished these goals by treating the building as five separate elements, one to house the lobby, one for audience services, one as a corridor to access the back of the theatre, one as the shop/green room and then the center of the space housed the “black box” itself.  We used different exterior materials and colors to further separate the buildings, creating a similar look to the existing downtown streetscape.

Little Red Hen Theatre