Wagner Performing Arts Center

Rental Information and FAQ’s

Q: Where is the WPAC located?

A: We are located at 639 W. Main Street in Monroe, WA, where we share the campus with Leaders in Learning High School. VIEW MAP

Q: How do I reach you by phone?

Call 360-799-4151 to reach the WPAC manager.

Q: How many seats does the auditorium have? 

A:  The auditorium holds 632 seats, with an additional area for wheelchairs.

Q: How much room is there for parking?

A: There is a lot adjacent to the building. If your event is large, there is an overflow lot around the corner we can direct your guests to. Please let us know in advance.

Q:  What does it cost to rent the Wagner Center? 

A:  The fees shown here are for guideline purposes only. If you request a booking, we will invoice you according to your exact requirements. Please note that fees differ according to the type of organization; non-profit organizations will be charged a lower rate than standard (private or commercial) clients. Proof of non-profit status will be required. Also, multi-day discounts may be available to your organization. The Monroe Arts Council reserves the right to change fees without notice.

WPAC Fee Schedule

Standard Fees

Item Price
Rental $45/hour (minimum 4 hours)
Microphone 
(each)
$7.50/Day 
PA/Sound 
System
$75/first 4 hrs, $15/hour thereafter, not to exceed $125 total/day
Extra Chairs 
(each)
$1/day
Tables 
(each)
$10/day
Piano $20/day
Lighting
Technician
$30/day per tech required
Janitorial $120/event

 

Non-Profit Customer Fees

Item Price
Rental $40/hour (minimum 4 hours)
Microphone 
(each)
$7.50/Day 
PA/Sound 
System
$75/first 4 hrs, $15/hour thereafter, not to exceed $125 total/day
Extra Chairs 
(each)
$1/day
Tables 
(each)
$10/day
Piano $20/day
Lighting
Technician
$30/day per tech required
Janitorial $120/event

Q: Do you have A/V equipment available for rent?  

A:  We have a state of the art sound system available for rent, which includes five (5) microphones.  The cost is shown in the tables above, and includes the fee for the Sound Technician. Deposits may be required for sound system rentals in order to ensure that all extraneous equipment is accounted for, and all deposits will be returned upon check-in of the equipment.

Q: How many microphones are included in the AV rental and are they wireless?

A:  There are five microphones available for rental and two microphone stands.  Two of the microphones are wireless.

Q: Is there a piano available to rent?

A:  Yes, there is a piano available on site.  There may be an additional fee (TBD) if you require tuning outside of our regularly scheduled tuning schedule.  

Q: If putting on a production over the course of a 2-3 weekend period, will there be secure storage available for our use during the run of the production?

A:  Depending upon the needs of the production, storage may be offered, but will be based on availability during the run of your production.  An additional charge MAY apply if utilization of the space is more than is typically anticipated. 

Q: May we do our own concessions or does the Monroe Arts Council (MAC) do the concessions for all of the events held at Wagner as a way to raise money for the renovations?

A:  Organizations are eligible to do their own concessions, however, the M.A.C. would expect that 10% of the proceeds for the event concessions be ‘donated‘ towards the renovation efforts of the Wagner Performing Center. 

Q:   Are we able to serve wine or alcohol during our events?

A:  At this time, alcohol is not permitted to be served or consumed on the WPAC location. However, we are working on obtaining permission for special occasions. Please contact us if this is an important requirement for your event.

Q: May we bring in our own lighting system if the current system is not enough for our production?

A:  Yes.  However, you will need to work with our facilities coordinator in order to make sure we are not taxing the current grid for any given performance. – This answer will be updated once renovations have occurred to update the wiring and electrical capacity of the facility.

Q:  Is the venue handicap accessible including restroom facilities?

A:  Yes.  The facility is handicap accessible, however the bathroom facilities are not optimal. Please call us to discuss if you have concerns.

Renovations are in progress for the revamp and revitalization of the access points and restroom facilities.  This will ensure that the venue is handicap accessible and completely up to code to provide a happy and fulfilling experience for everyone in the community who attends an event at Wagner Center. However at this time we do not have an estimated date of completion.

Q:  Do you provide booster seats for children’s productions?

A:  Booster seats are limited currently, however we do understand that this is a highly requested item for WPAC, and have added this to our list of “wants”.  We hope to be able to provide more booster seating in the future for our audience members.

Q: Are the people attending the production allowed to eat the items they purchase from concessions in the auditorium?

A: Yes. 

Q: Is the stage level , making it safe for dancing on the stage?

A: The stage is still appropriate for many dance troupes, however I suggest your dance group coordinator take a look at the facility prior to booking. We are in the process of doing a touch-up and repainting of the floor – so this answer may be updated once that renovation is completed.

Q: Are there green rooms available, and if so – how many?

A: There is no “official” green room available – however, we do work with the district so that we can utilize additional space when necessary for a given performance. This is currently done on an as-needed basis.

Q: Is the balcony available for stage hands to use, if so – how would one access the area?

A: The balcony is available, however it is only accessed through a ladder in the main auditorium currently. If use of the balcony is needed, we will need a liability waiver signed for those who will be accessing and utilizing that space.

Q: Will someone from the MAC make sure the heat is on and running before a performance?

A: Yes. Traditionally the heat is turned on a minimum of 4 hours prior to a scheduled event, however, if there is a minimum temperature needed, the M.A.C. should be informed so we can adjust the temperature ahead of time.

Q: Are there any dead spots in the auditorium we should avoid?

A: Yes. Renovations will be made to fix the auditory anomalies within the facility – but there are some known “dead spots” that will need to have some work-arounds in place to avoid. We have had MANY productions in the past, and have been able to alleviate these issues previously. A walk through of the auditorium will ensure that renters know and understand where these problem areas are located. Eventually this probably will be alleviated through the renovation processes.

 

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“Our preschool music program at the Wagner was a total success!  And the audience loved the historic authenticity of the building. We will definitely be back for next year’s program.”  – J. S., Monroe, WA

“We love the Wagner auditorium. So glad that the Arts Council is taking steps to preserve the building. It’s a real piece of local history.”  – C. M., Monroe, WA