View from the balcony in the auditorium at Mustang Performing Arts Center
View inside a Mustang Performing Arts Center classroom.
View inside the lobby at Mustang Performing Arts Center


  • The audiovisual technology in the auditorium includes sound reinforcement, speech amplification, digital mixing console, networked audio system and a two-way communication system.
  • The networked audio system connects the black box theater and auditorium by enabling a feed to play in both areas simultaneously. This allows stage crew in both areas to communicate throughout a performance and use the spaces for overflow seating or staging.
  • The audiovisual systems also control lights on the walls that extend from the sides of the stage in the auditorium. These lights can change color and be used to truly bring the audience into the performance.
  • Additional audiovisual technology features throughout the building include sound reinforcement, speech amplification, assistive listening, video presentation, and recording capabilities and control.
  • To create visual interest within the lobby, one wall features lights that can change color. Taking inspiration from piano keys, the lights are tied into the audiovisual system and can be coordinated with music.

Photography credit: ©Simon Hurst Photography

Mustang Performing Arts Center

Mustang, Oklahoma

 68,000 GSF

Located on the Mustang High School campus, the state-of-the-art performing arts center is home to the drama and choir departments. The facility houses two theaters: the primary 1,500-seat auditorium and the secondary black box-style theater. Additional spaces within the center include a scene shop, dressing rooms, music library storage area, along with a multitude of classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and support areas for the students and performers.

This venue is the largest of its kind in the city, making it a destination for a variety of community events. The auditorium and theater welcome many musical and drama productions. Meanwhile, the multipurpose space in the main east lobby can support special events such as small recitals, receptions, and other community celebrations.


  • IP Design Group’s acoustical team conducted acoustical modeling of reflectors at the top of the auditorium to measure sound throughout the space. Working with the architect, acoustical reflectors were positioned to improve sound and hide catwalks and ductwork as much as possible.
  • The team performed acoustical modeling to determine acoustical parameters for each space, and provided recommendations for the quantity, locations, and types of treatments required, as well as required angles for wall and ceiling reflectors for adequate sound coverage.
  • Sound transmission analysis of critical spaces was provided in order to properly isolate and minimize noise into and from adjacent spaces.
  • An acoustical analysis on the HVAC system serving sound-sensitive spaces led to recommendations to install roof packaged equipment, duct lining, and lagging to minimize mechanical equipment noise traveling through the air distribution system, and eliminate structure vibration from equipment.
  • Acoustics were also important in musical rehearsal spaces such as band, choir, and classrooms, which were treated to ensure acceptable sound quality and noise level. Budget-friendly triangular baffles on the ceilings and acoustic panels on the walls help absorb sound.
  • The team took steps to mitigate some of the acoustical reflection from the glass wall in the lobby. The ceiling in the lobby is stepped and the walls are tilted in different directions to reduce sound reflection. The feature wall also incorporates wood, which naturally absorbs sound.
View inside the Mustang Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater
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