Performing Arts Center

Rental Information

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PAC outside


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PAC outside at sunset
side view of inside of PAC
stage from show
stage with low lighting
PAC lobby
closeup of seating

PAC Rental FAQs

side view of inside of PAC

Q: How much will it cost to rent the PAC?

A:  This is not a cut and dry question. Just like a wedding reception, that answer depends on what you want, i.e. equipment and time. The biggest factor always ends up being time. Based on the fact that we rent by the hour, the more time you use, the more expensive your event becomes. When you put in a contract for use of the PAC, you will get an accurate cost estimate based on the information provided in the contract. If you go over the time frame you get charged for that extra time. If you don't use all the time, you only get charged for the time you use. 

Q: I am a non-profit organization. What is the cost to use the PAC?

A:  Our pricing works on a Class system as follows:

Class I:     District 95 events
                     Non profit, within District 95 school district boundaries
Class II:    Non-fundraising event
Class III:   All other requests
For more information, please contact the PAC manager.

Q: I want to sell concessions during our show. Can I sell them and how much extra will it cost me?

A:  The sale of concessions is determined on a case-by-case basis. The PAC coordinator needs to approve all sales in the lobby area. It is the renter’s sole responsibility to make sure the food and drink items stay in the lobby, because these items are prohibited inside the PAC. If the sale is approved, there is no extra charge.

Q: How many lighting areas do you normally have?

A:  On average, our rep. plot will have at least 20 to 25 lighting areas hung. We will also have 8 color scrollers, 2 gobo washes, 4 electrics of side lighting, and full set of cyc lights.

Q: What about parking?

A:  We have plenty of free parking in the PAC lot for your patrons. 

Q: How long do I have before I have to get my set out of the building?

A:  Everything having to do with your show should be taken out of the building on the last day of your contract. We are not able to store your equipment or sets. In extreme cases special requests can be made to the PAC manager.

Q: How do rentals work during a school day?

A:  Because our faculty park in the PAC parking lot during the school day, PARKING IS A HUGE PROBLEM for daytime rentals. Special arrangements must be made before approval would be granted for such an event. For example, all audience members must arrive at the PAC on buses. NO SINGLE CARS WILL BE PERMITTED. For more information please contact the PAC manager.

Q: What is the billing process?

A:  Within a week of the last day of your event, the PAC Manager will turn in "Actual Hours" to the District 95 Business office. Your final bill will be based on this information. If you used fewer than the estimated hours, your bill will be less than the cost estimate. If you exceeded the estimated hours you will be charge according to the time used. You will be sent a bill that will give you usually about 30 days to pay.

Q: I have never put on a show before. What is the process?

A:  Let us hold your hand through the process. Our PAC manager has well over 20 years of professional theatre experience and can walk you through the process.

Q: When should I apply for my date –or- how do I find out if a date is available?

A:  The LZPAC is a School District 95 facility. Being a district facility, we can only rent from school year to school year: July 1st to June 31st. District 95 has first rights to all dates, and their requests begin in February of the previous school year. Around March 15th we start accepting applications for the next school year.

Q: When advertising, what information should we put on the poster?

A: All advertising should list the location as the Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center (NOT Lake Zurich High School). Please be sure to adhere to this in your advertising, otherwise we get many unnecessary calls at the high school. Besides, doesn’t your production sound more professional at the Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center?!


Technical Specifications

Performing Arts Center Main Stage

  • Proscenium opening 46’ SR to SL
  • 26’ Stage to Top of Arch
  • FOH stage to Main Curtain along CL Approximately 14’
  • FOH stage to Cyclorama along CL Approximately 45’
  • FOH stage to upstage wall along CL Approximately 55’
  • Back Edge Orch pit to Main Curtain Approximately 9’
  • Back Edge Orch Pit to Cyclorama Approximately 38’
  • Far SR to Far SL Approximately 90’
  • SR Edge Curtain to Fly Rail (SR Wing Space) Approximately 10’4”
  • SL Edge Curtain to Sound Door (SL Wing Space) Approximately 14’ 6.5”

Fly System

  • Batten Length 70’
  • Stage to Bottom of Grid 57’
  • Stage to top batten height Approximately 55’
  • Cyclorama size 40h x 70
  • BLK Scrim Size 40h x 70

Orchestra Pit

  • Orchestra Pit with lift in UP position 6’6” W x 49’L
  • Orchestra Pit with lift in Down position 12’6” W x 49’L

Performing Arts Center Lobby

Our beautiful lobby has been used for awards banquets, gala celebrations, registrations, seminars, and of course as a lobby area for live performances.

Some features include:

  • Men and women washroom facilities
  • Two main theatre entrances
  • Direct parking lot access
  • Black box theatre entrance
  • Large display areas
  • Stage sound monitoring available
  • Beautiful architectural lighting
  • Tables available for nearly any configuration
  • Fully handicapped accessible

Large Dressing Room

Music and performing arts are our passion here at the LZPAC. Our state of the art dressing rooms are part of the complete package available to you. The LZPAC has two large dressing rooms located under the PAC stage. Our average cast size is 47, with our largest cast being 246. The dressing rooms along with the dressing room triangle can house a large number of performers.

Some features of the large dressing room are:

  • 5 separate sinks
  • Full washroom (2 stall type)
  • Full shower (keeping us Actor Equity compliant)
  • Large Mirrors with make-up lighting
  • PAGING system for Stage Manager calls and show monitoring
  • Comfortable seating for 12 to 24
  • Max 46  

Scene Shop Area

During pre-production our scene shop acts as our main construction area. Located right next the LZPAC main stage and black box theatre the shop becomes a integral part of any performance acting as a storage, loading, holding, and repair area. It has even been an overflow dressing room at times.

Some features include:

  • 20 ft doors to dock and stage
  • Powered sound proof door
  • Bright lighting
  • Tool storage
  • Two shop sinks
  • Featuring DEWALT®, RIDGED®, and JET® tools

LZPAC Black Box Theatre

A theatre with 50 removable seats that doubles as the LZPAC greenroom and Drama classroom. This black box theatre is perfect for poetry slams, coffee house nights, stand-up comedy and small Cabaret performances.

Some features of this room include:

  • Sprung dance floor and full length mirrors for dance classes and dance rehearsal
  • Full length curtains that run both sides of theatre
  • Small proscenium stage with full legs and Cyc
  • Projection Screen
  • Video connection system to the main stage for close circuit viewing
  • Full pipe grid and separate dimming system
  • Sound system featuring a 12 channel Soundcraft  board.
  • CD and DAT playback
  • EDI Bijou lighting system controller
  • Room two of the dressing room triangle

LZ Choir Room

Music and performing arts are our passion here at the LZPAC. Our state of the art choir room is part of the complete package available to you.

Some features of this room include:

  • Built-in choir risers for a choir of well over 100 members
  • Risers can be made into seating for smaller recitals
  • 6 ft baby grand piano can be rented for a small donation to the Choir Program
  • Stereo recording and playback capabilities
  • Direct PAC audio monitoring
  • Can be hooked into the PAC video close circuit system
  • Room three in the dressing room triangle

Orchestra Room

Music and performing arts are our passion here at the LZPAC. Our state of the art orchestra room is part of the complete package available to you.

Some features of this room:

  • Large open floor space
  • 6 ft baby grand piano
  • Stereo recording and playback capabilities onto DAT
  • Direct PAC audio monitoring
  • Can be hooked into the PAC video close circuit system
  • Can be rented as dressing room or even daycare room for your event

Loading Dock Area

Unlike most theatres the LZPAC allows you to load in your show directly to the stage through large 20 ft garage doors. No more designing your sets to fit through standard double doors.

Some features include:

  • 20 ft doors
  • Paved surface, plowed and salted
  • Semi turn around area
  • Small tour bus parking
  • Ground level loading and unloading
  • Small side door backstage access



Seating Chart

Performing Arts Center Seating Chart

The LZPAC has 679 seats that are separated into 4 sections:


Rows A-F
Number of seats in this section 163
Removable handicapped seats Row F (2,3,4) (25,26,27)

CENTER SECTION (‘SC’ on tickets)

Rows G-W
Number of seats in this section 286
Removable handicapped seats Row G (201,202,203)(215,216,217)

EAST SECTION (‘SE’ on tickets)

Rows J-W
Number of seats in this section 130
Removable handicapped seats NONE

WEST SECTION (‘SW’ on tickets)

Rows G-S
Number of seats in this section 100
Removable handicapped seats NONE