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Brief Overview
For our 2007-2008 season the Hononegah Performing Arts Center hosted over 650 scheduled activities-- an average of more than one for every day of the calendar year! We are an extremely busy facility but outside rentals are invited based upon availability. Please understand the Hononegah Performing Arts Center's primary focus is on meeting the demands of Hononegah High School, and is not a straight "road house". This means when an outside renter comes in, it creates an extra strain on the District, pulling resources and personnel from their regular assigned duties, and creating new work that is specific to the event itself such as meeting all the requests and demands of the renter. As such, items such as management, technical setups, and custodial are performed while in overtime to work your event as the District does not employ a "dedicated staff" whose position it is to solely cater to outside rentals.

With that being said, the PAC is one of the most affordable facilities in the region while providing the best experience on stage, backstage, and in the audience. The PAC is an 1,100 seat, recently constructed, state-of-the-art fully-equipped venue which provides an outside renter powerful leverage to produce an outstanding production without having to look elsewhere. Need 5 entire electrics of lighting instruments pre-loaded, including FOH positions, all controlled by an in-house ETC Element? Need 10 Shure ULX Series wireless beltpacks with lapel mics, a Bose Commercial Panaray sound system with a few thousand watts of JBL subwoofer power, not to mention a 32-channel Yamaha console to mix? Need a venue that is centrally located between Chicago, Rockford, Madison, Beloit, easily found right off I-90 and has ample parking? We have all of this on-site. If it sounds like we have too much, you are always welcome to bring your own equipment and we won't charge you for what you don't use. Also, unlike other facilities, we feature:

  • Per-Hour Rate Schedule - Not per-day or 4-hour minimum blocks
  • House Manager Only - Is the only minimum required personnel while on-site
  • No Parking Fees
  • No Box Office Fees
  • No Merchandising Fees
  • No Concession Buyout Fees

Empowering Renters
For renters, our facility is a gold mine to you. Even with the minimum suggested ticket price of just $8, filling only half the main floor and showing a single performance, our venue can bring your production company thousands in gross ticket revenue. For the more strategic production company/promoter who may opt for a more traditional "three performance weekend" and a slightly higher ticket price, they will see nothing short of 5-figure revenues and even the capacity to reach 6-figure revenues if successful--not bad for 3 days' work.

POTENTIAL BOX OFFICE GROSSES
# Tickets Sold
Ticket Price
Gross Receipts
SINGLE Performance
Gross Receipts
Friday Night,
Saturday Night, Sunday Matinee
 
400 (Half of Main Floor,
About 1/3 Total Capacity)
8
$3,200 $9,600
400
10
$4,000 $12,000
400
15
$6,000 $18,000
400
20
$8,000 $24,000
400
30
$12,000 $36,000
400
40
$16,000 $48,000
 
800 (Main Floor Only)
8
$6,400 $19,200
800
10
$8,000 $24,000
800
15
$12,000 $36,000
800
20
$16,000 $48,000
800
30
$24,000 $72,000
800
40
$32,000 $96,000
 
1100 (Full House)
8
$8,800 $26,400
1100
10
$11,000 $33,000
1100
15
$16,500 $49,500
1100
20
$22,000 $66,000
1100
30
$33,000 $99,000
1100
40
$44,000 $132,000



Rental Packet
The Rental Packet includes terms, conditions, and prices for renting the Hononegah Performing Arts Center and is available by calling the PAC Theater Manager at 815-624-2070 x5092 or e-mailing a request to CLICK HERE

Before placing your call to rent the Hononegah PAC, we ask that you do two things:

First, check the online calendar by clicking "Calendar of Events" to check the dates and availability of the facility for the times you are interested in. (Please note that due to logistic and coordinating with previous/upcoming event reasons that an open date on the calendar does not necessarily guarantee availability - the Director of Operations will determine if your event is feasible for the dates and times requested with respect to currently scheduled events and personnel availability.)

Second, thoroughly review a copy of the Rental Packet which features rental prices, terms, and conditions. This should answer a significant number of general questions, and create new, specific ones.

Please note that Hononegah does not offer "residency rentals" or multi-year agreements. Residency rentals is where we rent our facilities out on a reoccurring weekly basis, i.e. "We would like every Tuesday evening for a year". We do not offer long-term on-site storage, and we do not schedule farther out than 1 year at a time. Generally our renters book 1-2 days at a time per year, or at most 1 full week for a larger production per year.