Tantasqua Regional Technical High School Performing Arts Center
Sturbridge, MA


The school strives to create a learning community where students can achieve academically and are encouraged to develop physically, socially and emotionally.  The auditorium and music spaces play a significant role because of the school’s commitment to creating curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to participate in and appreciate the arts.  Course offerings such as Foundations of Theatre, Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble encourage students to perform, create, understand and respond to drama and music.

The auditorium and music suite were designed for these programs as well as for hosting performances for the surrounding communities. Flexibility as well as site lines and acoustic considerations for both music and drama had to be accommodated.  Security during after hours performances were also addressed. 

Housed on two floors, the auditorium is served by two lobbies, including the main lobby.  The two-tiered auditorium seats 750 with a cross aisle intersecting the space to allow a more intimate feel for smaller groups. Full professional sound and lighting are incorporated into the space as well as a full fly tower.  The area behind the stage houses practice rooms, an electric music room, dressing rooms, band practice and choral practice spaces. Natural wood finishes were used to create welcoming environment.


New Construction
600-Seat Performing Arts Center

Principals in Charge:

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA, LEED
James A. Barrett, AIA, LEED

To learn more about this project, services provided, and our Performing Arts practice, please email us:


Massachusetts Studio
235 Bear Hill Road, Fourth Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
T. 617.964.1700
F. 617.964.1701

Connecticut Studio
225 Oakland Road, Studio 205
South Windsor, CT 06074
T. 860.644.8300
F. 860.644.8301


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