School groups are welcome to tour the Capitol Theatre.
An experienced guide will take students on the Capitol journey over the last century from hippodrome to picture palace to rock venue to finally become a world-class musical theatre venue - it’s quite a story.
Did you know:
- The theatre was once a circus and had a huge tank where seals and polar bears performed.
- The Capitol was Australia’s first atmospheric theatre and is the last one standing.
- The orchestra pit is the largest in the country, having three configurations to hold 30, 76 or 110 musicians.
- The full atmospheric lighting and sound effects have been recreated utilising the latest technology, including over 1,000 fibre optic stars.
- The stars are mapped out from the Sydney Observatory star map to reflect the midnight southern winter sky.
Students will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful atmospheric auditorium and observe the quirky architectural elements of John Eberson’s theatrical design vision. They will also gain an insight into what it takes to stage a major musical production.