Contact: Jane Moore
Director of Booking & Events Services
Resident Users, as described below, shall have first preference regarding booking dates for their proposed seasons. The Resident User season, for calendaring purposes, is defined as beginning June 1st and concluding May 31st. Resident Users will meet annually with the Executive Director of the Morris during the last week of May to discuss holds for the following year’s season with “final holds” to the confirmed by September 30th.
A Qualified Promoter is a promoter who has presented an event at the Morris Performing Arts Center and has satisfied all previous Morris Performing Arts Center contractual agreements -or- a new promoter who has successfully applied for a license to use the Morris Performing Arts Center’s facilities. A new promoter must complete a Morris Performing Arts Center license application and submit it with a fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee. The application fee is for credit reports and background checks. The new promoter becomes a Qualified Promoter when license application has been approved by the Morris Performing Arts Center management.
A Frequent User is an organization or individual who guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 – May 31). Frequent Users will be afforded special rental fee rates.
A Commercial User is a for-profit company whose primary business is to produce and/or promote touring stage productions, concerts or similar events; also applies to an individual or organization who presents an event and does not meet the requirements of a not-for-profit, frequent, or resident user.
A Not-For-Profit User must also be identified as a Qualified Promoter and posses a current 501(c) federal classification. Local St. Joseph County Not-For-Profit Users may be afforded special rental fee rates. The Not-For-Profit User special rental fee rates are not applicable if the Not-For-Profit User partners or co-promotes with a Commercial Promoter. Said co-promoted rentals shall be negotiated on a case by case basis.
Resident Users are divided into two categories and will be afforded special rental fee rates.
Presenter Category: A Presenting Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit organization possessing a 501(c) federal classification. A Presenting Resident User is further identified as being an organization that primarily contracts and presents touring artists/productions. A Presenting Resident User guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31).
Producer Category:A Producing Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit arts organization possessing a 501(c)3 federal classification. A Producing Resident User is further identified as being an organization that locally produces and guarantees to present eight (8) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31) who have artistic control over its productions and use primarily local or regional talent.
Tentative Date Holds
Only a Qualified Promoter may ‘hold’ dates for potential events. The ‘hold’ must be documented on a Booking/Scheduling Information Report and must include current address and telephone numbers. ‘Holds’ are for a maximum of 30 days. ‘Holds’ may be renewed; however, it is the responsibility of all promoters to notify the Morris Performing Arts Center of any desire to renew or extend an existing ‘hold.’ All ‘hold’ dates may be ‘challenged.’
If a tentative date is ‘held’ by one Qualified Promoter, a second Qualified Promoter may challenge the date by providing the minimum rental deposit. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ has 48 hours to provide the minimum rental deposit and confirm the date. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ will be notified by phone that the date is being challenged. It is the responsibility of all promoters to keep the Morris Performing Arts Center advised of any changes in their telephone numbers.
When the Morris Performing Arts Center receives a non-refundable rental deposit from a Qualified Promoter and issues a fully executed agreement, the date is confirmed. Confirmed dates have a 21-day booking protection versus similar events as determined by the Executive Director of the Morris. Similar events with different promoters have a 21-day grace period regarding release of tickets for sale to the general public.
A rental deposit is required and must accompany return of signed contract.
All Morris Performing Arts Center Rental Agreements will be issued for a specific day, date, and time(s). All said agreements will include an expiration date and must be returned promptly with the deposit to avoid cancellation of agreement offer and forfeiture of ‘hold’. The standard expiration date shall be ten (10) business days from issuance of agreement offer.
Seating Breakdown by Area
|Section||# of Seats|
** 20 Wheelchair Positions available on main floor. If used, will reduce total seats available, as each wheelchair position is the equivalent of 4 regular seats.
- Note: A $3.50 Morris Improvement Fee/Surcharge must be included in all advertised ticket prices.
Marketing & Advertising
Located between Chicago, Fort Wayne, Detroit and Indianapolis, the South Bend/Mishawaka Designated Market Area ranks 77th in the nation and 2nd behind Indianapolis in the State of Indiana. The population within a 25 mile radius of South Bend exceeds 500,000 and within a within a 45 minute drive, the population figure approaches a million. A recent Study of this marketing area reported a mean age to be between 18 and 49 with annual retail sales in excess of $8.1 billion.
Along with conventional methods of marketing and advertising, the Morris also utilizes social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote shows, gain interest and boost ticket sales.
|WBND-TV 58 ABC / WMWB Michiana’s WB Channel 5 / New CW||
WNIT-TV 34 Public Television
|53550 Generations Drive||300 West Jefferson Blvd|
|South Bend, IN 46635||South Bend, IN 46601|
|574-344-5500 Rachel Wegner||574-674-9648|
|Tiffiney Gray firstname.lastname@example.org||Cindy McCraner email@example.com|
|WHME-TV 46 Local Service Station||WSBT-TV 22 CBS/UPN/FOX|
|61300 Ironwood Road||1301 Douglas Road|
|South Bend, IN 46614||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|Jeff Castello firstname.lastname@example.org||Julie Harrell email@example.com|
|WNDU-TV 16 NBC||Comcast Spotlight|
|54616 US 31 N||1001 N. Hickory Road, Ste. 500|
|South Bend, IN 46637||South Bend, IN 46615|
|Pat Ladewski firstname.lastname@example.org||John Kane john_Kane@comcast.com|
|MNC-FM 95.3 (Michiana News Channel)||WNSN-FM Sunny 101.5 (Contemporary Lite)
WQLQ Live 99.9 (Urban/Top 40)
|237 West Edison Road||1301 Douglas Road|
|Mishawaka, IN 46545||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|Traci Foster||Michael Klein email@example.com|
|WBYT-FM B-100 (Country)||WRBR-FM 103.9 The Bear (Adult Rock)|
|237 West Edison Road||237 West Edison Road, Suite 200|
|Mishawaka, IN 46545||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|Rocky Curl firstname.lastname@example.org||Justin Stults email@example.com|
WGNC-FM (Clean Country)
|WSBT-AM 960 (Talk, Adult Lite)
WZOC-FM 94.3 (Class Hits)
WHFB-FM 102.5 (Hot AC)
|PO Box 307||1301 Douglas Road|
|Elkhart, IN 46515||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|574-875-5166 (574-440-8335 Cell)||574-247-4324 (574-274-5669 Cell)|
|Karin Baker firstname.lastname@example.org||Christian Carlson email@example.com|
|WHPV-FM Pulse (Christian)||WSMK-FM 99.1 (Urban/Contemporary)|
|61300 Ironwood Drive||925 N. 5th Street|
|South Bend, IN 46615||Niles, MI 49120|
|Jeff Castello firstname.lastname@example.org||Marci Taylor|
|WNDV-FM & AM (Oldies, Talk, ND Football)
WNDV-FM U93 (Top 40)
WZOW-FM 97.7 (Adult Rock)
|WVPE-FM (Public Radio)|
|3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310||2720 California Road|
|South Bend, IN 46616||Elkhart, IN 46516|
|Pam Homan email@example.com||Tom Labuzienski firstname.lastname@example.org|
|WAUS- FM 90.7 (Classical)||WUBS-FM (Jazz)|
|4160 East Campus Circle Drive||702 Lincolnway West|
|Berrien Springs, MI 49104||South Bend, IN 46619|
|Midwest Family Broadcasting
WIRX 107.1 (Classic Rock)
|Lake City Radio
WRSW (Classic Rock), Willie (Country)
|580 E. Napier||216 W. Market St.|
|Benton Harbor, MI 49022||Warsaw, IN 46580|
WVFM 106.5, WKZO 590, WNWN 1560, WFAT 96.5,
WIN 98.5 & 35.5, ESPN 1660
|WROI (Adult Contemporary, Sports, News)|
|Kalamazoo, MI 49008||Rochester, IN|
|Barb Breen||Todd Zartman email@example.com|
|WIDR-FM 89.1 (Western Michigan University)|
|1501 Faunce Student Services|
|Kalamazoo, MI 49008|
|SOUTH BEND, IN||PORTAGE, IN|
|South Bend Tribune||Michiana Entertainer|
|225 West Colfax Avenue||3311 Willowcreek Rd. Suite 169|
|South Bend, IN 46601||Portage, IN 46368|
|574-235-6604 Nick Herberg||708-691-4356 or 219-734-6776|
|UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME||The Goshen News|
|The Observer||114 South Main Street|
|Independent Newspaper Serving||Goshen, IN 46526|
|Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College||574-533-2151 ext. 398|
|Notre Dame, IN 46556|
|574-631-6927 FAX||Kalamazoo Gazette|
|401 S Burdock Street|
|PAXTON MEDIA GROUP||Kalamazoo, IN 49007|
|The Elkhart Truth||800-466-4237|
|LaPorte Herald Argus||269-388-8406 FAX|
|Michigan City News Dispatch|
|Rochester Sentinel||LEADER PUBLICATIONS|
|Herald Palladium (St. Joseph, MI)||Niles Daily Star|
|421 South 2nd Street||Edwardsburg Argus|
|Elkhart, IN 46516||Dowagiac Daily News|
|574-296-5869 Scott Shultz||217 N 4th Street|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Niles, MI 49120|
|Plymouth Pilot News|
|P.O. Box 220|
|Plymouth, IN 46563|
General Technical Information
Time Zone: Eastern
|Physical Address||211 N. Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601
|Height||3′ 6-1/2″ from auditorium floor to top edge of stage|
|Proscenium Opening||54’w x 25′-11-1/4″h (Height 23’9″ with valance)|
|Depth||45′ (plaster line to wall), add 8’6″ DS with pit|
|Wing Space||24′ SL 20’SR|
|Loading Access||3 loading doors, 2 w/dock levelers & 1 with van access.
Each have 8’x10′ door openings.
|# of Line Sets||68 — See schedule for details|
|Batten Height||67′ (Travel) 71′ (High Trim) 47’3″ (Orch. shell clearance)|
|Battens||68 lines – 1.5″x70′ pipes (1400 lbs. Max. – single prch)|
|Power||(3)–400amp, 3 phase, 3 leg, 120v/208v (stage left)
200 amp, 3 phase for sound, 120v/208v (stage right)
(2)–60amp, 3 phase for shore power
|Convenience Receptacles||(5)–30amp convenience receptacles at grid iron
(4)–30amp receptacles at F.O.H. rigging points
|Pit||8’6″w deep (US -> DS) x 46’4″wide x 8’2″deep Automated Serapid Orchestra Pit Lift 4 Positions: Stage Level, Audience (3’6-1/2″), Orchestra (8’2″) and Low/Storage|
|Backstage Elevator Door||6’x7′ opening|
|Proscenium Rigging||8 Points, 7 and 23 feet off center, the first set approximately 2’6” DS of the plaster line, and the other set 5’6” DS of the plaster line.
2000 lbs weight limit per point
|Offstage Rooms||8 DRESSING ROOMS
3 Principal Rooms on Stage Level
2 Principal Rooms in Lower Level
3 Private Rooms in Lower Level
2 CHORUS ROOMS in lower level
Women’s Accommodates 27
Men’s Accommodates 24
1 HAIR/WARDROBE ROOM 30’X18′ in lower level
1 CATERING ROOM in lower level
|Sound||Basic, minimal PA system – Great for speakers and comedians.
PA is not concert quality; if concert quality rig is needed – contact the Technical Stage Manager for local audio contractors.
3000 watt hearing impaired enhancement
|Lighting||4 Super Trouper Follow Spots – located in spot booth in back of third balcony; 208v / 20a power
Lighting is hung on a show by show basis; there is no “house hang” or any preset lighting/electrics. The following inventory is available to create a personalized plot from:
ETC Insight 3 System, (48) Pars, (16) 36-degree Source 4,
(26) 26-degree Source 4, (58) 19-degree Source 4,
(10) 5-degree Source 4, (10)Triple Cyc
Positions: Near cove 10 circuits, 2 box booms & balcony rail. Onstage there is one dedicated electric, others are created via cable drops to desired pipe.
CONTROL BOOTH: An approximately 6’ deep by 20’ wide control booth is located in the center of the main floor, against the back wall. It is surrounded by a 3’ tall half-wall with an 8” ledge. It takes a 150’ snake to reach from backstage.
|Control Booth||An approximately 6’ deep by 20’ wide control booth is located in the center of the main floor, against the back wall. It is surrounded by a 3’ tall half-wall with an 8” ledge. It takes a 150’ snake to reach from backstage.|
|Risers||Sixteen 4’ X 8’ Wegner risers, with three choices of leg height.|
|Smoking Policy||The Morris Performing Arts Center is a non-smoking facility.|
|Decibel Level Policy||The City of South Bend has designated that events at this facility not exceed 95db. Please call for more information.|
|Type of Venue||Restored 1922 Vaudeville House. Traditional proscenium stage with orchestra seating, main floor, mezzanine and balcony.|
|Stage Crew||I.A.T.S.E. Local 187|