Gardner Theatre, conceptualized and brought to fruition in loving memory and honor of Eugene Herr Gardner, Sr, opened in 2021 following three years of planning, fundraising and construction.
Already the theater has played host to authors, graduations, orchestra rehearsals, Middle and Upper School morning meetings, the Lower School musical and so on. With seating to accommodate the entire student body and fittings to host productions of unprecedented scale and grandeur, Gardner Theatre has opened up a new world of possibilities for LCDS.
The theater features an orchestra pit for 35, 580 seats on three levels, including a stadium-style second level and an upper mezzanine. There is space for the Theater Director as well as storage space for costumes and stage props.
The theater also features state-of-the-art sound and lighting with a dedicated control booth, a lobby with concessions, backstage changing areas with restrooms, ADA compliant access for audience, entertainers and theater tech support and 2,700 square feet of stage space.