Director of Booking & Events
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.
Standard House Expenses
Facility Rental Fee
- $1,875 vs. 10% of Gross Box Office Sales
- Non-Show days: $1,500 per day
Box Office Fees
- 3.0% of Gross Box Office Ticket Revenue not to exceed $1,875 per performance
- 3.95% Blended Bank Rate for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express Credit Card Sale1 Box office walk up sales only
- $250 Box Office Set-up Fee
- $3.50 per ticket Morris Performing Arts Center Historic Preservation/Facility Fee Surcharge
- Surcharge fee MUST be included in all advertised ticket prices.
- House Staff: $500 Flat Fee per performance (Includes House Manager, Usher Captains, Ticket Takers)
- Clean Up/Housekeeping: $780 per performance or $1000 per two performances in one day
- Show Runner: $225
- Catering Runner: $75 (Applicable to late catering requests per lease agreement.)
- SB Police: $30 per hr per person (One Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
- Security: $22 per hr per person (Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
- Production Manager: $30 per hour, minimum $200 per production (Required for setup & load out)
- Stagehands: I.A.T.S.E. Local 187 at prevailing rates
- Piano Tuning: at prevailing rate
- Complete Sound System: $350 per performance
- Sound Rack/Cluster Only: $150 per performance
- Sound Monitor System: $50 per performance
- Complete Lighting System: $500 per performance
- Lighting Board Only: $75 per performance
- Instruments Only: $5 ea per performance
- Follow Spots: $75 ea per performance (Four Supertroupers available)
- Baldwin Grand Piano: $350 per performance
- Yamaha Upright Piano: $75 per performance
- Morris Performing Arts Center contracted caterer must be used for all functions – No Exceptions.
- Please call: Navarre Hospitality at 574-235-5582 for menus and pricing information.
All merchandisers should be instructed to contact the Morris’ Director of Events regarding the sale of merchandise in the facility.
- Backstage Water Service: Spring Water in five gallon bottles including cooler & cups: $15 per bottle
- Coffee Service: $15 per gallon
- Backstage/Dressing Room Phone & Internet Service: $50 package per engagement
- Towel Service: $4 each, bath size – $3 each, hand size
- Gel/Color Medium: $8 per full sheet
- Credit card bank fees are subject to bank rate increases.
- Labor rates are subject to periodic review/increases.
- Indiana Sales Tax of 7% is applicable on all equipment rentals.
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, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ to promote shows, gain interest and boost ticket sales.
|WBND-TV 58 ABC and
WMWB Michiana\’s WB Channel 5 and the 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|
|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|
|574-291-8200 Jeff Castello||574-233-3141 Julie Harrell|
|574-291-0930 FAX||574-288-6630 FAX|
|WNDU-TV 16 NBC|
|54616 US 31 N|
|South Bend, IN 46637|
|574-284-3182 Pat Ladewski|
|Indiana Cable Advertising Sales|
|1001 Hickory Road|
|South Bend, IN 46617|
|MNC-FM 95.3||WNSN-FM Sunny 101.5
|(\”The Fan\” Sports Talk)||1301 Douglas Road|
|237 West Edison Road||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|Mishawaka, IN 46545||269-934-5199 Christian Carlson|
|574-258-5483 Traci Foster||574-993-0008 Cell|
|574-258-0930 FAX||574-289-7382 FAX|
|237 West Edison Road||237 West Edison Road, Suite 200|
|Mishawaka, IN 46545||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|574-258-5483 Jill Ludwick||574-258-5483 Lisa Sikkema|
|574-291-0930 FAX||574-288-6630 FAX|
(Talk, Adult Lite)
|25802 County Road 26||1301 Douglas Road|
|Elkhart, IN 46514||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|574-674-6626 Rachel Moore or Ed Moore||574-247-4305 Christian Carlson|
|574-875-6662 FAX||574-289-7382 FAX|
|1301 Douglas Road||925 N. 5th Street|
|Mishawaka, IN 46545||Niles, MI 49120|
|574-247-4305 Christian Carlson||269-683-4343 Marci Taylor|
|574-289-7382 FAX||269-683-7759 FAX|
|WNDV-FM & AM
(Oldies, Talk, ND Football)
|Michiana\’s News Channel
WTRC-FM 95.7, WTRC-AM 1340(News/Talk)
|3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310||237 West Edison Road|
|South Bend, IN 46616||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|574-257-2346 Pam Homan||574-258-5483|
|574-631-3653 FAX||574-258-0930 FAX|
|61300 Ironwood Drive||702 Lincolnway West|
|South Bend, IN 46615||South Bend, IN 46619|
|574-291-8200 Jeff Castello||574-287-4700|
|574-291-9043 FAX||574-287-2478 FAX|
(Urban and Jazz)
|580 East Napier||401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 300|
|Benton Harbor, MI 49022||South Bend, IN 46617|
(Adult Contemporary/Top 40)
|3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310||2720 California Road|
|South Bend, IN 46616||Elkhart, IN 46516|
|574-273-9300 Pam Homan||574-674-9873 Tom Labuzienski|
|574-273-9090 FAX||574-262-5700 FAX|
|WZOW-FM 9707 and 102.3
|3371 West Cleveland Road||1301 Douglas Road|
|South Bend, IN 46616||Mishawaka, IN 46545|
|574-273-9300 Pam Homan||574-247-4306 Laura Boyle|
|WAUS- FM 90.7
(Western Michigan University)
|4160 East Campus Circle Drive||1501 Faunce Student Services|
|Berrien Springs, MI 49104||Kalamazoo, MI 49008|
|269-470-2944 Wanda Poole||269-387-6301|
WVFM 106.5, WKZO 590, WNWN 1560, WFAT 96.5,
WIN 98.5 & 35.5, ESPN 1660
|Lake City Radio
(Classic Rock and Country)
|Kalamazoo, MI 49008||216 Market Street|
|269-488-3810 Barb Breen||Warsaw, IN 46580|
|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 Bruce Dodge||708-691-4356|
|UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME||ROCHESTER, IN|
|The Observer||Rochester Sentinel|
|Independent Newspaper Serving||118 E 8th St. P.O. Box 260|
|Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College||Rochester, IN 46975|
|Notre Dame, IN 46556||574-223-2111|
|ELKHART, IN||Kalamazoo Gazette|
|The Elkhart Truth||401 S Burdock Street|
|421 South 2nd Street||Kalamazoo, IN 49007|
|Elkhart, IN 46516||800-466-4237|
|574-296-5866 Tammy Backus||26-388-8406 FAX|
|PLYMOUTH, IN||Leader Publications|
|Plymouth Pilot News||Niles Daily Star|
|P.O. Box 220||Edwardsburg Argus|
|Plymouth, IN 46563||Dowagiac Daily News|
|574-936-3101||217 N 4th Street|
|Niles, MI 49120|
|GOSHEN, IN||ST. JOSEPH, MI|
|The Goshen News||Herald Palladium|
|114 South Main Street||3450 Hollywood Road|
|Goshen, IN 46526||St. Joseph, MI 49085|
|574-533-2151 ext 398||269-429-2400 Healther Flannery|
|LA PORTE, IN|
|La Porte Herald Argus|
|701 State Street|
|La Porte, IN 46350-3328|
|MICHIGAN CITY, IN|
|Michigan City News – Dispatch|
|121 West Michigan Street|
|Michigan City, IN 46360-3274|
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|