The Silverthorne Performing Arts Center (SPAC), designed by OZ Architecture, celebrated its grand opening on June 23rd with community members, Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) members, and Town of Silverthorne staff in attendance for a full day of events, from live music to guided tours to the premiere performance of Sister Act: A Musical.
The 15,730-square-foot building was a shared vision of the LDTC and the Town of Silverthorne to revitalize the community through a modernized and activated theatre and educational space. The plans consisted of a large black box theatre, a smaller intimate theatre, public performance areas, administrative offices, rehearsal and educational spaces, reception lobby and bar, and several art and exhibition areas.
An addition to these original plans included an outdoor covered stage, performance space and landscape features, thanks to additional funding from the town. The outdoor stage was designed with two fronts: one facing the entry plaza to host smaller events or preshow events, and the second facing the expansive lawn. Nestled between the SPAC and the Blue River, this green space is perfect for relaxation, picnics, and large community gatherings to support outdoor concerts and performances.
Conservative design efforts allowed for multiple alternates to be achieved on the project to enhance the space, including a false floor in the main black box theatre that can be modified per performance. A large spinning turn table allows the theatre to quickly change sets and achieve additional on-stage movement, creating opportunities for clever theatrics to enhance the overall patron experience.
This project was possible in large part due to the Town of Silverthorne’s commitment to the arts. In fact, the grand opening unveiled various public art installations carefully curated by the town to enhance the architecture and enliven the experience of visiting the facility.